Mercedes Mone Injury Causes Major Creative Shift
Mercedes Mone suffered a severe injury at NJPW STRONG Resurgence which has caused a major change in creative plans.
At NJPW STRONG Resurgence, Mercedes Mone had the chance to add yet another championship to her CV but disaster struck leading to a potentially serious injury.
The former IWGP Women’s Champion was part of a one-night tournament in Long Beach, California to crown the inaugural NJPW STRONG Women’s Champion. Mercedes Mone booked her place in the final when she defeated Stephanie Vaquer while AEW star Willow Nightingale overcame Momo Kohgo in the other semi-final.
During the final of that tournament, both Mone and Nightingale were perched precariously on the top rope when the former WWE star appeared to lose her footing and fell to the outside of the ring. Mercedes Mone continued the match, avoiding putting weight on her leg, and eventually succumbed to two Doctor Bombs from Nightingale as the AEW star picked up the surprise win.
Reports suggest that Mone has suffered a broken ankle but PWInsider has also reported that the injury caused a major creative shift in the match with Mercedes Mone originally set to capture the title but an audible was called to have Nightingale pick up the biggest win of her career.
It remains to be seen how long Mone will be forced to miss from the ring as a result of her injury.