Born Jasmine Benitez
, Mercedes Martinez
(b. 1980) is an American Professional Wrestler
from Waterbury, CT best known for her work in SHIMMER
and, as Maria Toro
. She debuted in 2000 in the New England independent scene, and would go on to compete for CHIKARA
, 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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- Action Girl: Of course. She even defeated a male wrestler in her debut match.
- Animal Motifs: Scorpions, for whatever reason
- Alliterative Name: Normally, not Maria Toro
- 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...
- 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.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She was noticeably off her game when she fought and lost to Shelly Martinez in WEW, the commentator explaining Shelly's betrayal, which lead to their feud was contrary to their Latin upbringing and Mercedes had not gotten over it yet.
- 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, Brainbuster
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wrestling Family: A kayfabe one whenever Shelly Martinez is not using one of her ring names.