KAIRI will be challenged by Mercedes Mone at the upcoming NJPW Battle in the Valley event in February. Mone debuted in NJPW at Wrestle Kingdom 17 and confronted KAIRI. This was after KAIRI successfully defended the IWGP Women’s Championship against Tam Nakano.
While speaking in a recent interview with Dark Puroresu Flowsion, KAIRI commented on her upcoming bout.
“I respect her very much. She has always been kind to me in private, and when I returned to Japan from America, she gave me many wonderful gifts. I still cherish them. I believe Mone and I can make a great match that people will remember forever.”
KAIRI was also asked if she’d like to face the current AEW Women’s World Champion Jamie Hayter. Hayter has had her time in STARDOM including being a former Goddesses of Stardom Champion and the SWA World Women’s Champion. KAIRI says she has never met Hayter and that although their paths have never crossed she is hoping she is reading this interview as she would love to get in the ring with her.
“Of course! In fact, I never met her. But I often hear that she was very active in the STARDOM ring. Hello Jamie, I’m KAIRI! I hope you read this.”
The NJPW Battle in the Valley event had sold out just with the announcement of KAIRI vs. Mone. Mone has previously commented that she wanted to take the gold off of KAIRI and defend it everywhere.