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Already? Earlier this month, one of the longer running wrestling questions in recent months was answered, as Mercedes Mone, formerly known as Sasha Banks, made her debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom 17. That seemed to be the end of things but also a new beginning. As it turns out, there might already be some issues with Mone and her new boss.

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According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there might be some heat on Mone in New Japan and Stardom (New Japan’s sister promotion). Mone had been talking about how she wanted to face wrestlers from the Sendai Girls and Tokyo Joshi Pro promotions, both of which are seen as competition to Bushiroad (the parent company of New Japan and Stardom). While in Japan, Mone went to the Sendai Girls dojo but not the Stardom dojo. There is no word on what this could mean for Mone, or if she will be in any actual trouble.

It has been a ride. Check out Mone’s debut, plus some of her time in WWE:

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Opinion: This feels like a bit of an adjustment period, as Mone isn’t used to how things are done in Japan. There is also a world of difference in something going wrong once you have been around forever and something closer to “that’s not how we do things around here”. Mone has talked about wanting to face various wrestlers over the years and now that she is a step closer, she is still doing so. Odds are this smooths itself over though, as Mone could be working in Japan for a good while to come.

What do you think of Mone’s debut? How wills he do in New Japan? Let us know in the comments below.

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