As expected, Sasha Banks made her NJPW debut during today’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 event, and her first post-WWE match is now confirmed.
During Wrestle Kingdom, KAIRI (Kairi Sane) retained the IWGP Women’s Championship over Tam Nakano, after which KAIRI was confronted by the debuting Banks – who is now called ‘The CEO’ Mercedes Mone’.
After faking that she was going to handshake KAIRI, then attacking her, Mercedes Mone’ promised that she would take the title from KAIRI at the upcoming February 18 NJPW Battle of the Valley show in San Jose, California.
This will be only the second one-on-one match between Mercedes and KAIRI, their only other one being a match during a July 2020 episode of Raw in the empty Performance Center during the pandemic.
That match didn’t have a finish as Bayley and Asuka got into the ring and started a two-on-two brawl which led to a tag match.
We’ll continue to provide more details of Mercedes Mone’s future as they come to light.
Check out the official clip of the debut right here:
IT’S MERCEDES MONÉ!@mercedesvarnado is in the Tokyo Dome!!!#wk17 #njpw pic.twitter.com/PD54lqLr1L
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) January 4, 2023
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