Tony Khan is prepping a “major announcement” for the February 7 edition of AEW Dynamite. Many speculated that the announcement would be around a March show in Boston, but it looks like he’s been scooped as TD Garden revealed a show planned for March 13 in the arena in a post that was removed. That immediately opens the door to more speculation around Mercedes Mone and her impending appearance in All Elite Wrestling. With nearly a month to build to the moment, this will be yet another opening for Mone to prove that she’s a ratings mover in professional wrestling.
Ratings and ticket sales are two measures that wrestlers and promotions may use to show the impact of a particular performer. Mone, formerly known as Sasha Banks, has several examples in her pocket to show where she’s had a positive impact in both areas. For example, look back to November 2020 when she and Bayley’s segment on WWE SmackDown topped 2.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched segment in wrestling at that time.
She had a similar impact during her run in New Japan. Back in January 2023, her simple debut at Wrestle Kingdom 17 drove a reported 40,000 new subscriptions to NJPW World. Less than a month later, NJPW Battle in the Valley sold out with only one match announced, her contest against then-champion KAIRI. Mercedes Mone has proven to be just that, money. She attracts a different type of wrestling fan. Some would say that her fans even transcend wrestling, and that momentum is coming to AEW. If she drives a huge ratings number and ticket sell-out to that March 13 date, she will add another feather to what an impressive career has already been.
The real question surrounds what Tony Khan will do with that star power on his roster. AEW’s women’s division is building momentum. Stars like Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo are gaining steam, while others like Julia Hart continue to rise in her style. Don’t forget about ATHENA killing it over in ROH. With several pieces on the board, fans are ready to see this division given the same space to thrive as the men. It looks like Khan is set to debut the final player who has everything needed to push the group over the top.
Only one month has passed but 2024 is already shaping up to be a big year in professional wrestling. Keep March 13 circled on the calendar because it will be yet another example of why Mercedes Mone is a major star in the industry.