Former NXT Superstar Mercedes Martinez returned to AEW and made her Dynamite debut at New Year’s Smash.
Mercedes Martinez is officially ALL ELITE! The viscous veteran returned to AEW for the first time since 2019 during this week’s special New Year’s Smash edition of AEW Dynamite.
It all went down at AEW’s home venue of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida on December 29. Martinez made her Dynamite debut when she interfered in the TBS Championship Tournament semi-final match between Jade Cargill and Thunder Rosa. The former NXT Superstar emerged from the crowd in a hoodie and mask, which concealed her identity until she was ready to reveal it. She then attacked Thunder Rosa while Cargill’s other accomplice Mark Sterling distracted the referee. After that, all Jade had to do to book her spot in the finals was hit Rosa with the Jaded for the 1-2-3. Cargill will now face Ruby Soho in the final on next week’s Dynamite.
After the bell, the mysterious figure revealed herself, and gloated alongside Cargill and Sterling, hinting that some kind of arrangement had taken place off-screen.
Immediately after her appearance, AEW president Tony Khan took to Twitter to confirm that Martinez had signed with AEW.
Mercedes Martinez actually debuted for AEW at All Out in 2019 when she entered the Women’s Casino Battle Royale as the Joker. The 40-year-old’s journey as a professional wrestler began in 2000. She signed with WWE in January of 2020 and was released by the company back in August of 2021, along with several of her now-former colleagues.
Martinez has been incredibly active since leaving WWE, competing in Shimmer, Impact, GCW, and 2CW, where, interestingly, she wrestled Thunder Rosa back in October.