SoCalUncensored is reporting that top independent women’s wrestler Mercedes Martinez has signed a deal with WWE.
Mercedes will report to WWE’s Performance Center later this month.
This is a big get for WWE and is overdue. Mercedes has long been one of the top performers on the independent scene. A multiple time SHIMMER champion, Mercedes is currently the AWS Heavyweight Champion. According to the report, AWS promoter Bart Kapitzke says there will likely be a tournament to crown a new champion.
Mercedes Martinez has appeared on NXT before and competed in the first two Mae Young Classic tournaments in WWE, where she made it as far as the semi-finals.
Martinez competed at AEW All Out in August, and on the November 5th episode of AEW Dark she teamed with Big Swole in a loss against Allie and Sadie Gibbs.
Patriot’s Position: A good hire for WWE and presumably will be a big get for the NXT brand where Mercedes will likely make a big impact and is a natural fit. Mercedes is a great talent, and a long time vet that will likely be able to transition to be trainer/producer role in WWE when the 39-year-old decides to hang up the boots (and right now she is as good as she’s ever been, so no rush for that).