If your friends will fly to Japan just to see you make an entrance, say a few words, and hit one move, you know they’ll catch a flight to California to see your first match in almost a year.
And when Mercedes Moné (real name Mercedes Varnado, fka WWE’s Sasha Banks) wrestled her first match for New Japan Pro-Wrestling on Saturday in San Jose, that’s what Bayley, Tamina & Trinity “Naomi” Fatu did. You know they wouldn’t want to miss seeing Mercedes win the IWGP Women’s title in a banger at Battle in the Valley.
We know this for a few reasons. One, the internet doesn’t miss anything...
Bayley at NJPW Battle at the Valley pic.twitter.com/g48joHZKsv— WrestleTheNightAway (@IdaKen6) February 19, 2023
Bayley starting the Moné chants. #NJPW #BattleInTheValley pic.twitter.com/y1dezOjuHh— Alex @ Battle in the Valley 2/18 (@anamelessrage) February 19, 2023
... and, two, because there are also backstage pics of Moné with her three former WWE co-workers (and her brother, Joshua). She shared them in her Instagram Story, tagging the photographer/videographer who posted the originals:
Friendship is magic. Friendship that involves coordinating your entire outfit to support your bestie’s new gimmick? As the old commercials used to say... “Priceless”.