All Elite Wrestling‘s Willow Nightingale was a recent guest on Busted Open Radio with Dave LaGreca and Thunder Rosa to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked what it means to her to defeat Mercedes Moné to become the first New Japan STRONG Women’s Champion, Nightingale said the moment was surreal to her because she is a big fan of the former IWGP Women’s Champion.
“Yeah, it’s very surreal because she is extremely accomplished. I’m a fan of hers. And I think respect goes into what we do in wrestling, like through and through,” Willow Nightingale said. “But in an instance like this, I remember sitting on the couch and watching when she made her main roster debut on RAW, and I went through the house screaming, and my mom was like, what’s going on?
“I was very excited because I had gone to school in Boston, and she was a Boston girl. She’s a woman of color. And it really just seemed like everything she did, she truly believed in herself. That’s something that inspired me every time I’m not a person that the company — like even before AEW and Ring of Honor, like if this company doesn’t see the star power in me, I know the star power in myself.
“She was somebody I could kind of turn to and be like, that is the attitude that I need. And she was in so many landmark matches. So especially going into this, I knew the possibility of facing her was there. And I wanted to do her proud as much as I did myself. And hopefully, this is something that could earn respect from her and the New Japan fan base.”
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