Mercedes Mone Expected To Debut In AEW When Cleared

Mercedes Mone

A new report provides insight into AEW’s plans for Mercedes Mone.

During Zero Hour ahead of AEW All In, cameras showed that former IWGP Women’s Champion Mercedes Mone was in attendance and sitting in the crowd. The star was shown again throughout the All In broadcast, but she did not approach ringside or get in on any action as she’s still recovering after having ankle surgery.

At a media scrum following the show, AEW President Tony Khan addressed Mone’s presence, saying:

“She’s not cleared, Mercedes Mone. So I think it was great to have her here. She last competed for NJPW, so I thought it would be excellent to have one of the top international stars in all of pro wrestling here. And the last time we saw Mercedes Mone compete, she was actually competing against our own Willow Nightingale. And there’s a lot of exciting international pro wrestling, I thought it’d be great to have here to see all the matches, including the AEW Women’s World Championship.”

“But she’s not cleared since her injury. I just thought it’d be good to have her take in the show. Definitely a lot of potential things could happen there, and I know New Japan Pro Wrestling has had great experiences working with her, and I thought it’d be great given that she’s not cleared but wanted to take in the biggest paid pro wrestling crowd of all time and see what AEW’s all about.”

“I thought it’d be good for her to be here. But obviously she’s not wrestling or cleared or doing anything any time soon. But great to have the top international stars at a top international show. And of course, for the World Champion here, there’s all kinds of people who want to take a shot.” (h/t 411Mania)

When Will Mercedes Mone Debut In AEW?

Now, a new report from PWInsider sheds light on Mone’s appearance at All In as well as All Elite Wrestling’s plans for the star. According to the report, Mone did not get involved in physical action as she was still wearing a heavy walking boot backstage, and filming her sitting in the crowd was done to avoid showing her injury.

In addition, PWInsider notes that those backstage expect her to debut in All Elite Wrestling when she’s cleared to compete. The report notes that she likely would have made her debut at Blood & Guts in her hometown of Boston, MA had she not suffered an ankle injury in her match against Willow Nightingale in NJPW.

Following All In, new AEW Women’s Champion Saraya sent a message to Mercedes Mone.