Mercedes Mone – formerly Sasha Banks in WWE – suffered a ‘broken ankle’ at NJPW Resurgence as she battled Willow Nightingale in the show’s main event to crown the first-ever Strong Women’s Champion
- Mercedes Mone suffered a suspected broken ankle at NJPW’s Resurgence event
- The former WWE Superstar was injured after being placed in a match with Willow Nightingale
- Mone is competing in a match to crown the first-ever Strong Women champion
Wrestling Superstar Mercedes Mone – formerly known as Sasha Banks in WWE -suffered a suspected broken ankle while competing at Sunday’s NJPW Resurgence event, according to a PW insider.
Mone was carried out of the ring following her main event match against Willow Nightingale, in a match to crown the promotion’s first-ever NJPW Strong Women’s champion.
Following the event Mone took to Twitter to confirm an injury and to reassure fans that upon his return he will be back better than ever.
He tweeted: ‘WESTLING!!!! Phew not how I dreamed this night would go.
I’m so sorry and I love you so much. I will heal and come back better than ever. Moné.’
Mercedes Mone suffered a suspected broken ankle at Sunday’s NJPW Resurgence event
Mone posted a message on Twitter to confirm the injury and promise fans that he will be back soon
The injury appears to have occurred somewhere where Mone jumped from the top rope and ring post to the floor and tied Nightingale’s neck on the top rope. After the move, Mone didn’t seem to put much weight on his right leg.
The fight continued for another 60 seconds, including a spot where Nightingale powered up Mone and pinned the 31-year-old. However, despite Mone not kicking, the referee only counted two and signaled that he raised his shoulder.
After some confusion, Nightingale repeated the action and this time made the pinfall to give her the victory.
It was the second outing of the night for both women, as they competed in the tournament to crown the first-ever NJPW Strong Women’s champion. With Mone defeating Stephanie Vaquer in her semi-final match.
The injury was a disappointing setback for Mone, who debuted for NJPW in January following his controversial departure from WWE.
Mone competed in WWE as Sasha Banks before her controversial departure from the company
In May 2022, Mone and her tag team partner Naomi walked out on Monday Night Raw after a disagreement over creative plans over the women’s Raw Women’s title story.
The pair were subsequently suspended by the company and after failing to agree on any deal to return to WWE, Mone left in December of last year.
Since debuting in NJPW, Mone won the IWGP Women’s Championship by defeating Kairi Sane at Battle In the Valley in February.
However, her reign only lasted 64 days when she lost the title to Mayu Iwatani at Stardom All Star Grand Queendom in April.