We’re a month away from wrestling Mercedes Moné (fka Sasha Banks) in her first ring match for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Will challenge KAIRI for the IWGP Women’s Championship when supplies last Battle in the valley Show in San Jose, California.
Tickets may be gone, but there are still PPVs for sale (streams of the Feb. 18 show on Fit for $19.99). So NJPW recorded this interview with Moné where she describes why she chose to come to Japan:
“…When I was 12 or 13 years old, I used to watch Manami Toyota, Aja Kong, Akira [Hokuto]And I knew right away, that’s who I wanted to be [in] Professional wrestling. I mean, WWE was amazing growing up. This got me hooked. But it was JWF that I told myself I could do it. That I can fight like a girl, that I can fight hard. Because of them, it really showed me that I could be a master in this field. Someone who can raise money in this space. They were the leaders of this, but now I’m taking this to a whole different level.
Joshi’s top stars have wrestled. Kana [WWE’s Asuka]Ayo [Shirai/Sky], Kerry. Everyone was there. I resisted everyone around the world. So coming to Japan? I am never afraid.
“I’m all about history. If it wasn’t for history, it wouldn’t make any sense. When I found out about the IWGP Women’s Championship, my heart filled with joy. And I knew right away what I wanted – and that was the title.”
Mooney also talked a little trash about her opponent, KAIRI (Kairi Sane in WWE). She also hinted that if she wins the title, she plans to travel beyond New Japan with her and fellow Stardom owned by Bushiroad:
“I’ve been dreaming about this. And for it to be in the States, in San Jose, California? I have a lot of history there. I’ve had the greatest matches there. So February 18th will be the same. I’m going to make sure this is the greatest women’s match ever and when I get My heroine, oh, cute little KAIRI.
“I’m about to take KAIRI back to Japan and she can go back to Stardom. I’m about to take this title everywhere. Not just New Japan, everywhere.”
How does putting Mercedes out after WWE work for you? fan Battle in the valley?