Is Naomi heading home to WWE, now that her former WWE tag team partner Sasha Banks making a grand return to pro wrestling on Wednesday in New Japan Pro Wrestling, fans’ focus has now turned to what Naomi’s future holds. And if reports are to be believed, it seems the most likely outcome is a return to WWE.
Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Live said on Tuesday that he feels Naomi would return to the company instead of joining NJPW alongside Banks, although a return date was not mentioned. He said:
“My belief is she will be returning to WWE, because she will almost certainly be returning to WWE.”
WOL: Bryan Alvarez believes Naomi will be returning to WWE.
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Interestingly, Naomi was in attendance in Tokyo for Banks’ return to the ring as Mercedes Mone. Also present was the latter’s longtime frenemy, WWE star Bayley, as the two wanted to support Banks in her new journey.
Alvarez seems to have a valid point with regard to Naomi’s future, but it remains to be seen what she decides as her next career move.
Sasha Banks rebrands and Debuts
Sasha Banks, (MERCEDES MONÉ) finally a free agent, created a big splash by making her much-anticipated debut at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 earlier today. She came out to rapturous applause and laid out IWGP Women’s Champion KAIRI before challenging her to a match next month in San Jose.
Additionally, as per reports, Bayley and Naomi were two notable names who appeared at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest show of the year to watch Banks make her pro wrestling comeback.
After KAIRI defeated Tam Nakano to retain her IWGP Women’s Championship, Banks came out under the name Mercedes Mone to congratulate KAIRI and offer a handshake. However, it was a trap, as the former WWE star laid her out and then said that she is here in New Japan and Stardom to make more history.
Mone called herself the CEO of the women’s division and promised to take the title from KAIRI at NJPW Battle in the Valley, which will emanate from San Jose on February 18.