Fans of professional wrestling are rejoicing on Wednesday, as one of the all-time fan favorites in the industry has seemingly made her return.
During New Japan Pro Wrestling's “Wrestle Kingdom 17” event, Sasha Banks made a surprise appearance, attacking women's champion KAIRI after the latter's championship match. Now known as Mercedes Moné, the former WWE Superstar put an end to months of rumors about her status in the pro wrestling world.
In May 2022, Sasha Banks quit WWE mid-show in protest of her character's creative direction after spending the majority of her career signed to the world's biggest and most well-known professional wrestling company.
Twitter users were in a celebratory mood as soon as the news broke that Sasha had made an appearance for NJPW, with users like SimonMiller316 taking the time to appreciate the moment and its impact in wrestling's history:
Sasha Banks – now Mercedes Mone – just debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling.— Simon Miller (@SimonMiller316) January 4, 2023
What a world we live in!
For any wrestler, leaving WWE is a risky proposition, but it seems like it has already paid off for Sasha, who was commended for her bravery by this Twitter user:
Fans around the world have appreciated the evolution of the WWE Sasha Banks character to the Mercedes Moné persona she unveiled in New Japan Pro Wrestling:
Twitter user TheEnemiesPE3 had nothing but good things to say about Sasha Banks' new look, and judging by the amount of likes this tweet received, many people agreed:
God was shooting from the logo the day he made Mercedes Mone’ (Sasha Banks). JESUS 🔥 pic.twitter.com/d91q3hYKRb— Public Enemies Podcast (@TheEnemiesPE3) January 4, 2023
This lucky fan seemed to have the good fortune of snapping the first-ever selfie with Mercedes Moné, and it looks like Mercedes herself enjoyed it as well:
Am I the first fan to get a (poor) selfie with the new Mercedes Mone? 😏 pic.twitter.com/em2BRrwbgP— Ciarán (@CiaranRH93) January 4, 2023
For many wrestling fans, the 8-month absence of Sasha Banks was a tough pill to swallow. Users like quinnbvk was happy that the “suffering” was finally over after Wrestle Kingdom 17:
8 months of suffering ended tonight. a new era has begun. mercedes monè is gonna take over the world and y’all can bank on that. pic.twitter.com/uYxpgxuX0O— quinn (@quinnbvk) January 4, 2023
Just a few days before her Wrestle Kingdom 17 appearance, this Twitter user noticed that Sasha took time to thank her ex-employer on social media, setting the stage for her comeback to the wrestling scene:
Sasha Banks just broke Wrestling twitter with 3 tweets pic.twitter.com/OZYrKLXuYQ— iso 🕷🕸 (@italkwrasslin) January 4, 2023
Other users shared feelings of excitement and happiness for the ex-Sasha Banks, obviously glad that the wrestling star is living out her dreams on her terms:
Mercedes Moné finally going to Japan to live her dream is amazing.— Pro Wrestling Finesse (@ProWFinesse) January 4, 2023
This run is going to be tremendous. pic.twitter.com/BiRrg2g8Sk
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