Belief that AEW no longer has working plans for Mercedes Mone as internet speculation continues

Mercedes Mone (formerly Sasha Banks) hasn’t wrestled since the NJPW Resurgence event on May 21st when she suffered an ankle injury. Earlier in December, Mercedes published a video of herself training which has fueled speculation about her return to the ring soon.

In a Q&A on Fightful Select, Sean Ross Sapp noted the following about Mercedes’ future…

“So a lot of times, you’ll see me get frustrated with irresponsible aggregation. And that happened very heavily, specifically on Facebook with a Sasha Banks story. SportsKeeda ran an article, and nobody reached out to me or anything to clarify any language, which is always a possibility, but it got aggregated by like dozens of Facebook accounts that said that I claimed that Mercedes/Sasha was demanding huge money from WWE. I have not heard anything of talks with WWE. What I said is I heard that the number that she’s after is a lot, and if I were WWE, I would pay it. I didn’t say who or what kind of talks were happening. And that type of context is very, very important. But I have not heard of any ongoing talks, with them, for a return or anything like that. So, it’s a little bit frustrating in that regard, but I haven’t heard anything lately. Besides that, the once working plans for AEW and Mercedes are no longer working plans.”

On Friday, Mercedes wrote “I know somewhere I will find the key” via Twitter/X. The line is from a Bruce Springsteen song called Trapped. Fans on social media took note of the following lyrics…

Then I know someday I’ll find the key
Then I know somewhere I’ll find the key
Well it seem like I’ve been playin’ the game way too long
And it seems the game I played has made you strong

Like Mercedes, Springsteen has also used “The Boss” as his nickname.