Posted on 5/21/123 by Casey Carver
Mercedes Moné taps out Mojo Muhtadi ahead of return to
5/21/2023 12:35am PDT
Mercedes Moné may have given us a preview of things to come
when she fights this weekend ... 'cause the former WWE
Superstar beat the s*** out of "Mojo" Muhtadi, making the
TMZ Sports cohost tap out with her signature "Statement
Moné will fight Stephanie Vaquer, a Chilean professional
wrestler, at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA, on Sunday,
during New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Resurgence" ... in the
first round of the Strong Women's Championship Tournament.
But, first, she sent a message to her challenger ... at the
expense of Mojo!
Muhtadi went to give Mercedes, his good friend, a high five,
but she turned it into the "Statement Maker" (aka the "Bank
Statement" in the WWE), a maneuver she's used on countless
opponents throughout her wrestling career, culminating in
Mercedes also broke down this weekend's tourney ...
explaining a win over Stephanie would catapult her to the
championship match against her translator from Japan, Momo
Kohgo, or AEW wrestler Willow Nightingale, to crown the
first-ever NJPW Strong Women's champ.
Following her split from WWE, Mercedes returned to the ring
in February ... and was an instant hit in NJPW, where she
defeated Kairi to win the IWGP Championship in her debut.
Unfortunately, Moné dropped the title to Mayu Iwatani at the
Stardom All Star Grand Queendom event in Tokyo in April.
In fact, Mojo visited Mercedes in Japan last month ... where
she told him she couldn't wait to get home and smoke a blunt
with her cousin, Snoop Dogg!
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