On February 18th, Mercedes Moné, formerly known as Sasha Banks in WWE, made her NJPW at Battle in the Valley in San Jose, California, defeating KAIRI for the IWGP Women’s Championship in a match highly praised by all who’ve had the chance to see it.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now provided an update on when we can expect to see Moné compete under the NJPW and Stardom banners next, revealing that she’s currently set to defend her newly won title against AZM at Sakura Genesis, before taking on Mayu Iwatani at All-Star Grand Queendom, with both events set for this April.
“She (Mercedes Moné) is only committed to two more dates, a 4/8 date at Sumo Hall for New Japan on the Sakura Genesis shows where she’ll defend against AZM, who is an excellent worker. A rematch with Kairi at one point was planned but the decision was made for AZM. On the 4/23 Stardom show at the Yokohama Arena, she right now is scheduled to face Mayu Iwatani, in what presumably will be a title match and part of a double main event, which is likely to be with World of Stardom champion Giulia defending against Tam Nakano.”-WON
Mercedes recently confirmed that whilst she has an agreement with NJPW and Stardom, she’s currently a free agent, and thus with these two dates being the only ones she’s committed to at this point, it’s unclear as to where she might turn up next.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any updates on the future of Mercedes Moné as soon as we hear more.