NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17 notes: Reactions to Mercedes Moné, FTR’s picture, Lio Rush

Reactions to the arrival of Mercedes Moné, FTR recreates picture with Mercedes and Bayley, Lio Rush update and more

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After KAIRI defeated Tam Nakano to retain the IWGP Women’s Championship, she was approached and confronted by Mercedes Moné f.k.a. Sasha Banks. They are scheduled to go one-on-one at NJPW Battle in the Valley on February 18th. Below are reactions to Mercedes’ appearance:

FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) got an updated picture with Mercedes and Bayley: 

In the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match, Francesco Akira and TJP retained over Lio Rush and YOH. Lio was busted open during the bout after being planted on the entrance ramp. Rush shared a photo of his injury: 

In Keiji Muto’s last match in NJPW, Shota Umino got the pin for their team. Umino, Muto and Hiroshi Tanahashi bested SANADA, BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito. 

On the Kickoff show, Oleg Boltin made his debut against Ryohei Oiwa. Their match went to a time limit draw.

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