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Tony Khan talks Mercedes Mone appearing for AEW

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In a recent post-event media interaction following AEW All In 2023, Tony Khan, the AEW President, opened up about Mercedes Mone’s surprise appearance in the audience during the pay-per-view event.

Tony Khan clarified that Mercedes Mone, previously known in the wrestling world as Sasha Banks, is not currently cleared to wrestle.

However, he expressed keen interest in potentially signing her in the future. He emphasised the significance of her presence, stating, “She’s not cleared, Mercedes Mone. So I think it was great to have her here.”

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Mone’s International Wrestling Journey

Mercedes Mone, a top international star in the pro wrestling circuit, last showcased her skills in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

Khan highlighted her last match where she faced off against AEW’s Willow Nightingale. He said, “The last time we saw Mercedes Mone compete, she was actually competing against our own Willow Nightingale.”

Khan believes that having such an international sensation present at AEW events adds a unique flavour and excitement to the matches, including the AEW Women’s World Championship.

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Tony Khan on The Reason Behind Her AEW Appearance

Despite her current status of not being cleared due to an injury, Khan felt it was essential for Mone to experience the show. He said, “I just thought it’d be good to have her take in the show.”

He further elaborated on the potential opportunities her presence could bring, especially given her successful stint with NJPW.

Khan believes that her decision to witness the “biggest paid pro wrestling crowd of all time” and get a feel of what AEW offers was a wise one. He added, “I thought it’d be good for her to be here.”

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