As seen during January 4th 2023 edition of AEW Dynamite, Saraya picked Toni Storm as her partner to face Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter for next week’s show in Los Angeles. This was despite reports that Mercedes Mone (formerly Sasha Banks) would be Saraya’s partner and Baker calling herself “the boss” (Mercedes’ WWE moniker) during Dynamite.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com discussed the situation…
“I was told a bunch of stuff and it was very clear on the show tonight, she (Mercedes) is not in Los Angeles, she is not coming to AEW. I don’t think she wants to make that commitment because if she goes to AEW, it’s a long term commitment.”
“Anything’s possible. I also know from WWE that they are very strongly under the impression that she will not wrestle for AEW. They think that she’s coming back at some point, she’ll get this out of her system, she’ll do her New Japan matches, because you know she’s only contracted for a couple matches, and then come back. But if she’s going to AEW she’s got to sign for three years minimum because why even bother if she’s gonna go right back. For AEW, it would really stupid to put her on TV if she’s gonna go back in six months.” (quotes courtesy of WrestlePurists.com)
WOR: Dave Meltzer believes Mercedes Moné is not coming in to AEW right now after not being named the mystery partner for Saraya next week in LA, Bryan isn't so sure.https://t.co/mYdKSjV7fm pic.twitter.com/1uqQxzdJsS
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) January 5, 2023