AEW star Dax Harwood says Mercedes Mone wants to make a difference in the wrestling world in the same way as some of the biggest icons ever have.
Mercedes Mone is the name on everyone’s lips after the star formerly known as Sasha Banks debuted under her new moniker at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 show. Mone confronted IWGP Women’s Champion KAIRI, attacking her before announcing she will challenge for the gold at February’s Battle In The Valley show.
Speaking on his FTR podcast, Dax Harwood – who was pictured with Mercedes Mone and WWE star Bayley backstage at Wrestle Kingdom – commented on Mone’s goals in the wrestling business:
“She did take the tag team titles very seriously, but she took wrestling very seriously too. She didn’t get into wrestling just to get into wrestling. She got into wrestling to make a difference. Not just women’s wrestling, but for all of wrestling. She wanted to be looked at in the same light as Stone Cold Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan or The Rock. She wanted to be looked at that way and she wanted to make a difference in wrestling that way.”
“She’s very prideful. Sometimes, speaking from experience, pride can rub people the wrong way because you do stand up for what you believe in and you don’t take no for an answer because you want the best for yourself and you want the best for your craft and your art, as corny as ‘art’ sounds, that word is too cliche now, but when you take it so seriously, it’s a recipe for success, but a lot of people aren’t going to like you because of it. I think that’s maybe what happened to her.”
Dax Harwood and his tag team partner Cash Wheeler had a tough night inside the Tokyo Dome as they lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship to Bishamon.