Mercedes Varnado is expected to arrive in Japan on Wednesday, December 21, ahead of her scheduled appearance at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4. As per NJPW sources, the veteran wrestler is currently heading to Japan and will spend a couple of weeks there in preparation for the promotion’s biggest show of the year at the Tokyo Dome.
The report went on to say that “Varnado is expected to at least make a cameo” at Wrestle Kingdom 17. But it didn’t say whether she was going to wrestle or get physical in any way. Sources previously stated that Varnado was not simply attending the event as a spectator but was brought in by NJPW. Fans were left wondering if the recent professional relationship between WWE & NJPW could have enabled Varnado’s cameo at Wrestle Kingdom 17, despite multiple reports saying Varnado was done with WWE.
It’s important to note, however, that Varnado’s WWE.com profile page has yet to be moved to the alumni section, as is customary when a superstar leaves the company. Varnado fueled the rumour mill earlier this week by posting a GIF of Ric Flair from his time as NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion. Which a few fans misinterpreted as Varnado desiring to be a travelling champion appearing in numerous promotions. Varnado has also been mentioned as Saraya’s partner on the 1/11 episode of “AEW Dynamite,” in which the former Paige and a mystery partner will wrestle Dr Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter in a tag team match.
According to reports, WWE hasn’t had Boss Time in a while. It was noted that the timeline would corroborate Raj Giri’s tweets from Wrestling Inc. regarding Varnado’s departure from the company in June. The titles were taken away and the former champions were suspended by WWE after Varnado and Naomi left the organization due to disagreements over the creative direction of the women’s tag division.
Varnado and The Big Event may have been attempted to be booked at the WrestleCade convention, according to the report, which also confirms that Banks will be available for outside bookings starting on January 1. There are fierce claims that some conventions considered rebranding as “entertainment” conventions to get around the specifics of Varnado’s agreement. In a third report note, it is stated that an agreement was reached between Varnado’s and New Japan Pro-Wrestling in November and that the agreement has been confirmed.