Mercedes Moné is no longer the IWGP Women’s Champion … but the wrestling star already knows how she wants to get over the devastating loss when she returns to the United States — by smoking a blunt with her cousin and WrestleMania 39 host, Snoop Dogg.
“I cannot wait to come back to the U.S.A. so I can roll up a big one, smoke one, roll one again, and go to Long Beach, baby, where you can go to my cousin’s house, Snoop Dogggggggggg,” Mercedes told Dean “Mojo” Muhtadi during an interview with TMZ Sports.
Moné lost her IWGP Women’s Championship to Mayu Iwatani at the Stardom All Star Grand Queendom event in Tokyo, Japan. Still, despite dropping the title, Mercedes told us that wrestling fans in Japan treat her like royalty.
Mercedes — formerly known as Sasha Banks in the WWE — told us she got rocked early into her contest with Iwatani, resulting in her having difficulty seeing, and described the fight with Iwatani as the “hardest-hitting” match of her 13-year career.
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— Dark Puroresu Flowsion (@PuroresuFlow) April 23, 2023
“I got this big ass balloon on my face in the first five seconds, and I just couldn’t believe it,” Moné said. “But I told myself, ‘Mercedes, you have to finish. You’re in Japan. The fans are chanting for you.’ This balloon in my eye, I couldn’t f****** see. That’s why I couldn’t kick out.”
Mercedes told us she has one match left on her contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on May 21 in Long Beach at Resurgence, meaning she’ll be a free agent again and have to decide where she wants to continue her wrestling career.
When we spoke to Mercedes in March, “The Mandalorian” TV star told us she recently inked a deal with United Talent Agency (UTA). Since then, Mercedes says her success inside the squared circle has translated outside the ring, and things are aligning for her as an actress.
“I have so many auditions in the bank,” Moné said. “I have movies coming up. I have TV shows coming out. I don’t know what’s next in my chapter, but I know that I have so much lined up … I can just expect that it’s going to be the absolute best.”