On Wednesday night, a vignette aired on NXT hyping the return of one of the most exciting recruits to the WWE Performance Center in recent years and arguably one of the best wrestlers on the planet in Mercedes Martinez. While no date was given, it just ended with “Coming Soon”.
Mercedes Martinez is a 19-year veteran who first broke into the business in late 2000 with the likes of New England Championship Wrestling (NECW) and the Wild Samoan’s World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW), before exploding into an absolute pioneer of women’s indie wrestling. She made her SHIMMER debut in 2005, followed by Women’s Superstars Uncensored (WSU) in 2007, Stardom in Japan in 2011, and Shine Wrestling in 2012 amongst others, becoming 2x SHIMMER Champion, Shine Champion, 3x WSU World Champion, 4x WXW Women’s Champion, Phoenix of RISE Champion, and Bellatrix World Champion in the UK.
She finally made her debut with the WWE in 2017 as part of the first Mae Young Classic, defeating Xia Li, Abbey Laith (IMPACT’s Kimber Lee), and Mexico’s Princess Sugehit, before losing to Shayna Baszler in the semi-finals. She returned for the second MYC in 2018, knocking out 5x IMPACT Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne in the first round, before succumbing to Meiko Satomura in one of the year’s best matches. In late 2019, she appeared twice for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), including in the Casino Battle Royale at AEW All Out, but signed with WWE as part of the January 2020 class of new recruits. She made a big splash out the gate, appearing in the Women’s Royal Rumble her first month, before hitting NXT Live Events, picking up a big win over Kacy Catanzaro in early February, but has been off since the pandemic reduced rosters. Looks like “The Latin Sensation” is on her way back to NXT television!
— Mercedes Martinez (@RealMMartinez) June 18, 2020
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