Former WWE Star Claims To Be “The Best In The World”
A former WWE superstar strongly believes that they are the best wrestler in the world and in the prime of their career.
It was nearly a year ago when Mercedes Moné decided to end her decade-long run as Sasha Banks in WWE and try something different.
In January, she debuted for New Japan Pro Wrestling with a new name Mercedes Moné. In her first NJPW match om February, she beat KAIRI to become the new IWGP Women’s Champion.
Earlier this month at the NJPW Sakura Genesis show in Tokyo, Mercedes defeated AZM and Hazuki in a triple threat match to keep her title.
This Sunday at Stardom’s All Star Grand Queendom, Mercedes Moné defends the IWGP Women’s Championship against Mayu Iwatani. As usual, Mercedes is full of confidence going into the match as she told Sports Illustrated.
“I’m not just the best in North America. I’m the best in the world. I am making that statement in Japan. Women belong in this sport. I grew up watching bra-and-panties matches, but Japan had these hard-hitting, physical, violent women’s matches.”
As she continued, Mercedes Moné spoke about the freedom she has working in Japan and how, even though she spent a decade in WWE, she isn’t even in her prime yet at the age of 31.
“In the United States, you’re told what to do, what to say and how to say it. Here, I’m creating every single moment. I feel so free. I’ve never been this confident. And it is significant to me because I’m inspiring people to follow their dreams. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.”
“I’m not even in my prime yet. I’m just getting started. I’m finally getting to create the magic I’ve always wanted to create. My ideas aren’t being limited and I’m not constantly hearing no or that matches are being cut short. I’m not going to hold back.”
Mercedes Moné continued to boast about her greatness while mentioning some WWE legends as well.
“I’m not the greatest women’s wrestler—I am the greatest wrestler. When you think of John Cena, The Rock or Kenny Omega, I won’t stop until people are thinking of Mercedes Moné in that same light.”
Elsewhere in the same interview, Mercedes spoke about how rumors about her contract status are not true. She has also recently said she’s moving to Japan full-time as she continues to wrestle there.