Mercedes Martinez is All Elite. During last night’s AEW Dynamite, Thunder Rosa took on Jade Cargill for a spot in the final of the TBS Women’s Championship, and with the wrestling world wondering how they were going to get themselves out of this booking corner with the loser still looking strong, the answer appeared in the form of a hooded figure who helped Cargill defeat Thunder Rosa before revealing herself to be none other than Mercedes Martinez. Cargill and Martinez lay a beatdown on Rosa until Ruby Soho ran down to make the save, but the message was delivered loud and clear. Mercedes Martinez is All Elite and she’s got Thunder Rosa in her sights.
Despite what Eric Bischoff might think about AEW hoarding talent, this is another smart move by Tony Khan in a year that has seen him bring some of the biggest names and brightest young stars into the AEW fold. The AEW Women’s Division has improved in leaps and bounds over the past 12 months and now boasts some of the best performers in the business – and in Britt Baker, the second-best wrestler in the world, only behind Kenny Omega – and adding Mercedes Martinez to that roster goes to show that AEW has no intention of resting on their laurels.
I’m a huge fan of Mercedes Martinez, and I feel that she was grossly misused during her two separate runs with the WWE. I also feel that AEW themselves dropped the ball with her when she first appeared for them in 2019. She has been a stalwart of the independent circuit for 15 years now and anyone who has seen her work for the likes of Pro EVE or SHINE can attest to the fact that there aren’t many better wrestlers than Mercedez Martinez alive today.
She deserves a top-level run with a top-level company, and now that she has joined AEW and is positioned to feud with the always fantastic Thunder Rosa, 2022 could very well be Mercedes Martinez’s time.
😱It's the legendary @RealMMartinez under that mask!!!
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 30, 2021
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) December 30, 2021