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Mercedes Mone touts creative control in AEW, dismisses WWE return

One big thing: Mercedes Mone is embracing her creative freedom in AEW

Mercedes Mone, formerly known as Sasha Banks in WWE, is reveling in her creative control at AEW, revealing her plans for a global belt-collecting run.

Key points:

• Mone currently holds the TBS Championship and is eyeing the NJPW Strong Openweight title at Forbidden Door.
• She confirmed having creative control while working closely with Tony Khan.
• The wrestler dismissed the idea of returning to WWE, stating she has “everything I want right now.

What they’re saying:

I feel like here at AEW all of my dreams and opportunity is just endless,” Mone told TMZ Sports. “This little creativity that I have of taking all the belts and going global, it’s beautiful.”

Why it matters:

Mone’s comments highlight the growing appeal of AEW to top-tier talent, offering creative freedom that may be less available in WWE. Her success and satisfaction in AEW could influence other wrestlers considering their career options.

By the numbers:

• Mone debuted in AEW in March 2024, after agreeing to terms in December 2023.
• She captured the TBS Championship at Double or Nothing in May 2024.
• Prior to AEW, she had a brief run with NJPW and STARDOM in 2023, holding the IWGP Women’s Championship.

What’s next:

Mone will face Stephanie Vaquer at Forbidden Door, with both her TBS Championship and the NJPW Strong Openweight title on the line.

What do you think about Mercedes Mone’s comments on creative control in AEW? Do you believe this level of creative freedom is essential for top wrestlers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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