Mercedes Mone has been the talk of the pro wrestling world since returning to the ring during NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdon 17. She came out to attack reigning IWGP women’s champion KAIRI, thus setting up a match between the two former WWE superstars at NJPW Battle in the Valley in San Jose, California, on February 18.
The former Sasha Banks has now used this newfound buzz about her return to launch a personal Pro Wrestling Tees store. Readers and fans can check it out HERE.
Moreover, they can also get their hands on a limited edition Mercedes Micro Brawler now available to pre-order for the next two weeks:
— Pro Wrestling Tees (@PWTees) January 4, 2023
Post her successful debut at New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, reports came out that WWE expects Mone to return to the company. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside News) said that officials at the promotion feel she will rejoin the company after her run in NJPW and STARDOM.
Meltzer added that the promotion is “very strongly under the impression” that former Raw and SmackDown women’s champion will not turn up in AEW despite rumors and speculation suggesting so. Apparently, they expect her to be back with the traveling roster after getting wrestling in Japan “out of her system.”
Mercedes Mone wants to earn more money than Jericho in Japan
According to VoicesOfWrestling.com, NJPW has reportedly been working on a limited appearance deal for Varnado with “a fee that would be significantly higher than what New Japan paid for Chris Jericho” and make her “the highest paid Bushiroad (parent company of NJPW and Stardom) contracted wrestler.”
It remains unclear if Varnado has signed the deal.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted the following:
“Voices of Wrestling said that it was a per-appearance deal at the highest price that Bushiroad has ever paid anyone, and they said it was more than Chris Jericho. Which to me sounds… I don’t know. Chris Jericho made $100,000 a shot when he was working for New Japan, and, man, $100,000 a shot, she’s gonna have to … with Chris Jericho he was actually underpaid because of how much revenue he drove between New Japan World and ticket sales at the different shows and things like that. But I don’t see her driving that revenue, but I guess we’ll find out.
The Tokyo Dome may be one thing, but for other shows, and a lot of them in the United States, I don’t see where she’s gonna drive $100,000 of extra revenue. On a per-appearance basis, obviously tons more than she would have made in WWE, but in total, they’re not gonna book her on enough shows to where she would make in the long run what she would make in WWE. It’s only a few shows, she has plenty of time to do other projects, perhaps work for AEW.”