“She’s Not Nice”: Sasha Banks’ Heavy Criticism by AEW Wrestler Weeks Before Mercedes Mone’s Rumored Return, Back in the Limelight

Published 02/21/2024, 12:29 AM EST

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After a lot of back and forth, the growing confusion regarding Mercedes Mone’s wrestling future finally seems to be resolved with a rumored AEW debut approaching soon. Tony Khan is gearing up to bring the former WWE talent to the upcoming Big Business PPV. However, not everyone is a fan of Mone. Two AEW names, Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet have addressed significant issues with Mone in the past.

Recently, a clip from 2022, where Hogan and Velvet are talking about Banks has resurfaced, weeks before her rumored return to the squared circle.

Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet fired shots at Mercedes Mone


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In 2022, Kiera Hogan and Red Velvet appeared on an Instagram live video. In the video, Hogan talked about mental health and depression. She said, ”Actually, I do go through depression and a lot of people f**king do, not just me. Because I am sure f**king Mercedes does too. But she doesn’t talk to you all about that s**t. I actually talk to my fans about that s**t.” Some fans then pointed out how they didn’t know Banks, which Red Velvet addressed.


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“Ya I don’t know the girl. Y’all know how she is wrestling, we all know, meet and see each other all the time,” Velvet said. Hogan then added, “I met her on multiple occasions. She isn’t nice. She’s never been nice,” while Velvet agreed before adding, “Other female wrestlers can tell you the same.”

This wasn’t the only time when Kiera Hogan threw shade at Sasha Banks. The former TNA wrestler also took a subtle dig Banks for allegedly copying her.

Does Mercedes Mone have beef with AEW’s Kiera Hogan? Explained


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In the February 5, 2021, episode of WWE SmackDown, Sasha Banks came out to interrupt the winner of that year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match Bianca Belair. But Kiera Hogan’s tweet after the segment caught the attention of fans. She tweeted “Imma leave this here, Check my fit though 🔥 often imitated never duplicated and that’s on periodt 🔥 you can’t do it like me boo #HottestFlame” In the post she uploaded a video of herself with blue hair.

Fans were wise enough to understand whom she was talking about. It was undoubtedly about the former WWE star, Sasha Banks, who had blue hair like Kiera and a similar look.

Days later, Hogan added that she was not mad at Sasha Banks for only copying a similar hairstyle. Rather, there was something more to the story. While she didn’t clarify properly what that was, we could feel the underlying heat. She also went up to tease a match with The Boss in one of her old IG stories.


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With Mercedes Mone likely headed for AEW, will Tony Khan book a feud between her and Kiera Hogan and use their history to make it a personal affair?

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Shreya Nag


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Shreya Nag is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. As a journalism major, Shreya has worked as both a writer and a news moderator. With over a thousand articles to her name at ES, she has developed a strong hand for the art of wrestling journalism.
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Amal Joyce