Willow Nightingale, the AEW star, recently reflected on her historic match against Athena for the ROH Women’s Championship. The match took place at Death Before Dishonor in July and marked the first time women had ever headlined a ROH pay-per-view event. Despite her incredible effort, Willow fell short in her quest for the title, and Athena retained her impressive reign as women’s champion.
During a media scrum at Starrcast VI, Wrestling Headlines asked Willow to share her thoughts on the match. Willow expressed her pride in the match, stating that her previous encounters with Athena had always been something she was proud of. She believed that every big match has the potential to be something special, and her previous experiences with Athena gave her confidence that their match would be no exception.
For Willow, the significance of the match was amplified by its location in Trenton, New Jersey. As someone from Long Island, the tri-state area holds a special place in her heart, as it is where she honed her skills on the independent wrestling circuit. The energy of the crowd, the presence of her parents, and the fact that it was the first main event for a Ring of Honor pay-per-view featuring two women made the experience even more special than she could have imagined.
Despite not walking away with the championship, Willow remained positive and proud of her performance. She acknowledged the physical toll the match took on her and the need for rest afterward but emphasized that she had given her all and did her best.
Willow’s full interview at Starrcast VI covers other topics such as Eddie Kingston and wrestling Mercedes Mon?. You can watch the interview on the Wrestling Headlines website.
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The historic match between Willow Nightingale and Athena is a testament to the progress and achievements of women in professional wrestling. It showcases the talent, determination, and dedication of these athletes and highlights the importance of representation and opportunities for women in the industry.
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