Former WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Makes Her AEW DYNAMITE Debut As "The CEO" Mercedes Moné

Former WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Makes Her AEW DYNAMITE Debut As "The CEO" Mercedes Moné Former WWE Superstar Sasha Banks Makes Her AEW DYNAMITE Debut As "The CEO" Mercedes Moné

As expected, former WWE Superstar Sasha Banks made her AEW debut last night during Dynamite and "The CEO," now known as Mercedes Moné, wasted no time in making her intentions known. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Mar 14, 2024 03:03 PM EST
Filed Under: AEW

We knew it was coming, but last night's episode of AEW Dynamite saw Mercedes Moné officially become "All Elite," trading in her moniker as "The Boss" for "The CEO."

Moné debuted as part of the special AEW Dynamite: Big Business episode hailing from her hometown of Boston. Thanking the crowd for supporting her, the former WWE Superstar - who was known as Sasha Banks in WWE - made it clear she plans to create "so many moments."

"If you only knew how much tonight means to me...how much wrestling means to me," Moné said before mentioning her childhood hero, Eddie Guerrero. She referred to leading the women's evolution in WWE, the fact she was the first woman to main event a PPV, and shared an insight into her AEW plans. 

Moné also called out the woman who injured her, Willow Nightingale, during the finals of the NJPW Strong Women's Championship tournament. 

According to Fightful Select, "The CEO" actually signed with AEW back in January and this is indeed a multi-year deal. Many fans have questioned why she's chosen to sign with AEW instead of WWE, especially as the company's momentum has stalled in recent months.

However, as with most things in pro wrestling, it likely came down to money. 

As for why Moné didn't debut sooner, AEW President Tony Khan reportedly didn't want her to appear on TV injured to set up a future debut. Now, she's ready to compete and will do so for the first time AEW next Wednesday.

"All I know is that I handled it like a CEO, like the boss that I am, with my head held high," she recently said of her WWE departure. "I can't say anything but amazing things to WWE. I'm so thankful to the career they gave me, the fans they gave me, the life they gave me. The dreams that they gave me. So many dreams."

"I got to chase and live them all. I get to do so much more. I have a lot of unfinished business in wrestling in a lot of places."

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clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 3/14/2024, 5:35 PM
I have to admit I was a little underwhelmed by her promo skills, but she looked great in action at the end of the show. Hopefully this is the shot in the arm the Women's Division needs to get cooking again!

"Many fans have questioned why she's chosen to sign with AEW instead of WWE, especially as the company's momentum has stalled in recent months."

Could be that she walked out of WWE because she was unhappy with creative? Or maybe the ongoing, massive, complex sex trafficking scandal that's only getting rolling? Or maybe she saw more opportunity to build a women's division from scratch, as opposed to rejoining an org where she'd be just another face in the women's Royal Rumble? Maybe all of the above? Not like it's unfathomable, Josh.

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