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Wrestling: Mercedes Martinez

Born Jasmine Benitez, Mercedes Martinez (b. 1980) is an American Professional Wrestler from Waterbury, CT best known for her work in SHIMMER, WSU and, as Maria Toro, Wrestlicious. She debuted in 2000 in the New England independent scene, and would go on to compete for CHIKARA, CZW, TNA, Ring of Honor and many other promotions. She debuted in SHIMMER on its first show, going to a time-limit-draw with Sara Del Rey. Among her in-ring achievements, she is a 2x WSU Champion, a WSU Tag Team Champion with Angel Orsini and a former NWA Midwest Women's Champion.

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"The Sensation's Tropes":

  • Action Girl: Of course. She even defeated a male wrestler in her debut match.
  • Action Girlfriend: She tried to help Joey Spector regain the RCW championship from Alissa Flash and tried to win it herself for him when that didn't work (which didn't work either)
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions, for whatever reason
  • Alliterative Name: Normally, not Maria Toro
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Mercedes knows she is better than everyone else and is not satisfied to prove it in the ring. She wants to hear everyone else say it too. But occasionally she gets reminded that she is not capable of all things.
  • Combination Attack: A top rope double foot stomp at the same time Cheerleader Melissa does a curb stomp.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: T shaped crucifixes are frequently incorporated into her wrestling gear. Combine that with Mercedes being a little rough around the edges at best and... well let's leave it at that. As she says herself, only God can judge her.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Not uncommonly does she dye her hair
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Played straight when she ended Angel Orsini's 9-month reign as WSU Champion. Inverted, when Jessika Havok ended Martinez' three-year reign as WSU Champion.
  • Easily Forgiven: According to commentator Dave Milan of WEW, Shelly Martinez had left her shift at the family cornfield to sneak across the boarder, plant false evidence that Mercedes was an illegal immigrant and steal Mercedes's husband. Despite all this Mercedes still agreed to be her tag team partner when she finally caught up with Shelly, a team that was put to an end by Shelly's betrayal. After this Mercedes claimed to want Shelly's blood on her hands but when they got in the ring Mercedes only used a couple underhanded tactics, mostly wrestling normally. (if not for blown spots, not even the storyline would have made it memorable). Apparently fighting a family member was just too contrary to Mercede's upbringing.
  • Evil Is Petty: She attacked Nikki Roxx (a woman she had already defeated) during her Shine birthday and dropped her cake on her and hostess Daffney Unger.
  • Face Heel Double Turn: Athena and herself, respectively, at the SHIMMER Volume 43 tapings on October 2, 2011. Also happened with LuFisto at WSU's Ultraviolent Affair.
  • Finishing Move: The Fisherman's Buster called "Bull Run" is Maria Toro's, a Brainbuster is generally Mercedes Martinez's
  • Flipping the Bird: To Amy Lee after beating her up for accidentally hitting Mercedes during a PWU tag match against Sara Del Rey and Cindy Rogers.
  • Genius Bruiser: Majored in criminal justice.
  • Gimmick Matches: Several. She's faced Angel Orsini in a bullrope match, a cage match, a ladder match, and a 60-minute Iron Woman Match that went into Sudden Death overtime, lasting 70 minutes. She topped that when she defeated Lexxus in a 73 minute match, making it the longest women's wrestling match of all time.
  • Homage: Her 3 Amigas suplex combination is one to Eddie Guerrero.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: For a gag in a custom Slam peg where she interrupted MsChif's photo shoot (perhaps bitter about being squashed by the banshee in a previous installment), arguing that she had better muscles, which lead to them being involved in a (one sided) contest to show up each other. MsChif complains about not being left handed after losing in arm wrestling but Mercedes is not either so MsChif loses again.
  • I Work Alone: Her main criticism of Ivelisse Vélez is that Ivelisse came into Shine as part of Valkyrie, while Mercedes needed no one. She also mocks Daffney for putting together an "All Star Squad" and vows to take out each one of them, one by one. That said, Mercedes is all too happy to take advantage of any assists that do come in her favor. When Rain ran out during her match with Jazz and knocked Jazz out with a pair of brass knuckles, Mercedes called it the greatest event in the history of the promotion.
  • Jobber: If you only watch WWE, you might have seen her on Sunday Night Heat.
  • Kiss Gusting: Her initial reaction to wrestling "Mr. Beautiful" Rudy Russo was to induce gagging and her comeback started with her power bombing him after he kissed her.
  • Loser Leaves Town: Beat "Pune Tang" in "The First Ever Deportation Match!"
  • Power Stable: The Vulture Squad, in ROH.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: (in IWA Mid-South): Angie Martinez, Big Pun, Cuban Link, Domingo & Sunkiss' "Live at Jimmy's"
  • Spicy Latina: Her Red Baroness is "The Latina Sensation," after all.
  • Spirited Competitor: Mercedes seeks to better herself by fighting as many people as she can, but then she starts to think she is already better than everyone else.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Showed a worrisome lack of self preservation by crashing Shine 3's legends of wrestling tribute and demanding them all to leave "her" ring. Not only were all four of them trained by the Fabulous Moolah and still capable of fighting, but they were being accompanied by veteran wrestler, and the closest thing she had to a boss, Lexie Fyfe.
  • Tag Team:The Latina Loca Mami's with Shelly Martinez
  • Tournament Arc: Has participated in a few, winning WSU's J-Cup along with Queen And King Of The Ring alongside Julio Dinero. She's also won New Horizons Pro Wrestling's 2014 Global Conflict Shield.
  • The Rival
    • Mercedes has put over Amazing Kong and MsChif many times in many different places but holds some high profile victories over them nonetheless, particularly in defending the WXW women's and WSU titles. She also has a long rivalry Sumie Sakai, being Sakai's welcome to North America and would be all too happy to kick her back out. Lufisto's looking to outdo them all.
    • A more friendly "East Coast/West Coast" rivalry with Cheerleader Melissa\Alissa Flash, who is a semi frequent tag team partner in addition to a rival for singles belts...well it wasn't always friendly.
  • Villainous Rescue: Valkyrie coincidentally saved her from Amazing Kong in Shine. Mercedes was technically a heel herself but one of much less significance at this point. She took a good hard look at the situation and said, "nope".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite shouting "You chose the wrong Boricua!" at Shine's management after Ivelisse Vélez won the company's championship, the two of them still got along fairly well afterwards.
  • Worthy Opponent: How she eventually came to view Cindy Rogers and Angel Orsini.
  • Wrestling Family: A kayfabe one whenever Shelly Martinez is not using one of her ring names (who knows, they might be related but not in the way Dave Milan would have you believe)
  • Wrestling Psychology: People who haven't wrestled her in the time but just watched her tapes were under the impression that she had gotten stiffer over the years. She hasn't, but Mercede's strikes have progressively gotten more dangerous looking. Her suplexes, brain busters and all variations of them she does have always been this way.
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