September 27, 2020

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MERCEDES MARTINEZ

Jazmín Benítez is a 39-year-old professional wrestler from Waterbury, Connecticut. She is currently signed with the WWE and performs on the company’s NXT brand under the ring name, Mercedes Martinez.

She began training for a wrestling career in October 2000. On November 12, 2000, she won her first match by defeating male wrestler, Juice. In 2001, Mercedes received a lot of exposure under wrestling promoter, Sheldon Goldberg. Goldberg went on to form a women’s division in New England Championship Wrestling promotion centered around Mercedes and went as far as recruiting foreign talent like Yoshimoto Ladies Pro’s Sumie Sakai to battle Mercedes.

On November 6, 2005 Mercedes wrestled in the inaugural event of the new exclusive women wrestling promotion, Shimmer Women Atheletes. She also began wrestling for various promotions including All Elite Wrestling (AEW), World Xtreme Wrestling, Ring of Honor (ROH).

In 2017, Mercedes was announced as a participant in the first ever Mae Young Classic under the ring name Mercedes Martinez. She made it to the semi-finals by defeating Xia Li, Princesa Sugehit, and Abbey Laith before being eliminated by Shayna Baszler.

Martinez had a few matches in NXT and then competed in the second Mae Young Classic defeating Ashley Rayne but lost to Meiko Satomura in the second round. After this loss, Martinez left NXT and started wrestling on the independent scene even making a few appearances for All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

In January 2020, Mercedes signed with WWE and for the first time, she began working for WWE under contract. Mercedes Martinez made her NXT return in a Women’s Battle Royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship match. She was also a participant in the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble lasting for eight minutes before being eliminated by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.

On February 5 2020, Mercedes Martinez defeated Kacy Catanzaro in her first singles match since returning to NXT. This was also Martinez’s first NXT victory. In July, on an episode of NXT, Martinez signed with the Robert Stone Brand after attacking Shotzi Blackheart. But after losing to Rhea Ripley in a steel cage match on September 8, Robert Stone announced that Martinez would no longer be a part of the Robert Stone Brand.

Mercedes Martinez

Stats

Birth name: Jazmín Benítez
Born: November 17, 1980, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
Height: 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight: 147 lb (67 kg)
Ring Names: Maria Toro, Mercedes Martinez
Current Roster: WWE NXT
Finishing Move(s): Bull Run

Career Championships and Accomplishment

  • Alternative Wrestling Show
    • AWS Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Bellatrix Female Warriors
    • Bellatrix World Championship (1 time)
  • Defiant Pro Wrestling
    • DPW Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • Green Mountain Wrestling
    • GMW Women’s Championship (2 times)
  • Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
    • IWA Mid-South Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • IndyGurlz Championship Wrestling
    • IndyGurlz Australia Championship (1 time)
    • IndyGurlz Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Midwest
    • NWA Midwest Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • New England Championship Wrestling
    • NECW Yoshimoto Ladies Pro North American Women’s Championship (1 time)
    • NECW World Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • New Horizon Pro Wrestling
    • Global Conflict Shield Tournament (2014, 2016)
    • IndyGurlz Australian Championship (1 time)
  • Femmes Fatales
    • Femmes Fatales Championship (3 times)
  • Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling
    • PPW Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Unplugged
    • PWU Unified Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • Rise Wrestling
    • Phoenix of Rise Championship (1 time)
    • RISE Year-End Awards (4 times)
  • Shimmer Women Athletes
    • Shimmer Championship (2 time)
    • Shimmer Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Shine Wrestling
    • Shine Championship (1 time)
    • Shine Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Women Superstars Uncensored
    • All Guts, No Glory Championship (1 time)
    • WSU Championship (3 time)
    • WSU Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • J-Cup (2008)
    • WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring (2011)
    • WSU Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
  • World Xtreme Wrestling
    • WXW C4 Women’s Championship (1 time)
    • WXW Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
    • WXW Women’s Championship (5 times)
    • Elite 8 Tournament (2006, 2008)
    • WXW Hall of Fame (2014)