Mercedes Moné Wins IWGP Women’s World Title – Former WWE star Mercedes Moné (Sasha Banks) defeated Kairi for the IWGP Women’s Championship at NJPW’s Battle in the Valley show in San Jose, California.
Making her entrance after a performance by dancers, Moné paid tribute to Hana Kimura with her ring gear.
Hana Kimura, the popular Stardom and DDT star passed away in 2020 at the age of 22 after reportedly battling with self-harm and online bullying.
Moné worked over Kairi’s arm throughout the match and she acted heelish at certain times and late in the match she caused Kairi to accidentally knock out the referee. With the ref out of the picture, Moné tried to set up Kairi for a table spot but Kairi reversed it and put Mone through it.
Kairi went for the insane elbow but Moné got her feet up. Kairi blocked the frog splash and then applied the crossface but she bit her way out of the hold and then she hit her new finisher, the Moné Maker to win the title. Moné and Kairi hugged after the match.
Moné is apparently sticking around with NJPW for a while because she said in her mini-documentary that she wants to help the company expand globally and she is excited about future opponents.
This was Mone’s first wrestling match since walking out of WWE last year after creative issues with Vince McMahon.
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Mercedes Moné Wins IWGP Women’s World Title