Mercedes Moné Talks About How "The Mandalorian" Benefitted Her Wrestling Career

Mercedes Moné Has Explained How Her Experiences On The Mandalorian Led To More Success In Professional Wrestling

Mercedes Moné is most well known for her time in WWE as Sasha Banks, but she has also recently made some strides in the acting industry after appearing in The Mandalorian series, playing a character called Koska Reeves. Though she has only currently appeared briefly in two episodes, Moné has revealed that her experience on set helped her professional wrestling career, and led to a great year. 

When speaking on a panel at Emerald City Con (video provided by Popverse) alongside castmates Katee Sachhoff and Simon Kassianides, she discussed her time on the show and how it positively impacted her in WWE; 

“I never experienced anything where you had to repeat yourself over and over and over and over. I’m so used to just one take, live, and then go, and just be like, ‘Okay.’ That’s my anxiety and stress, but I know I can get it done. But to do it 20 times, maybe 40 times, great. Now we have to change angles. Now we have to do it 40 or 50 times on your left side, from the back, to the right, above you, behind you, underneath you.

“I never, ever experienced that. So to do 14-hour days I would just look at Katee [Sackhoff] and I would just be so blown away. I learned so much from you, and I grew from watching you. I was so empowered by everything you did on set. She knew Bo as a tea that she would go to Jon [Favreau] and Dave [Filoni] and be like, ‘I think Bo would do this or say this.’ I learned so much from Katee because I brought that back to wrestling.”

She went on to later explain how her character work in WWE improved from that point on too; 

“I’m like, you have to remember who you are and what you’re gonna bring to the table. You are the character. You’re gonna be this the rest of your life and bring it to people’s viewership. So she knew so much about being a strong woman that I brought that back to wrestling, and I felt like that was one of my best years in wrestling in 2019 and 2020 because of everything I learned from you and Bryce [Dallas Howard].”

After her time on The Mandalorian, Moné went on to not only win the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but also went on to main event Night One of WrestleMania 37 alongside Bianca Belair. 

H/T Fightful

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