Willow Nightingale reflects on main eventing ROH Death Before Dishonor with Athena, glad it’s more commonplace for women

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The ROH Women’s World Title bout closed the show. 

Main eventing Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on July 21st was Athena defending the ROH Women’s World Championship against Willow Nightingale in a 20-minute match. 

Closing the pay-per-view was brought up during Nightingale’s chat with MuscleManMalcolm. She’s glad that women closing shows and being in the main event is a lot more commonplace. Nightingale called that match one of the most special moments of her career. 

So, luckily, we’re kind of in these days where firsts like this (headlining ROH Death Before Dishonor with Athena) are less and less which is like, it’s cool to still be in a first time kind of situation like that. But it also means a lot to me to be in a time, like I said, where it’s a lot more commonplace for women to be main eventing or main eventing pay-per-views, shows and to be able to do it with someone like Athena who I think is, if not one of the best women we have in our division, in women’s wrestling, in wrestling really. I think she’s amazing. She’s very scary. But to be able to do that with someone like her is… probably one of the most special moments of my career thus far and it was in Trenton so it’s not far from home for me. So my mom, my dad, my aunt and cousin were able to come out which makes it that much more special and I didn’t walk out the winner of that one, but walking through the curtain after and having a sigh of, I did it. That was crazy and history making. It was lovely. It was a really beautiful moment in my life. Not just in my career but in my life.

Athena has been reigning as ROH Women’s World Champion since December 2022. Her most recent defense aired on the 8/3 ROH on HonorClub and she retained over Diamanté. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit MuscleManMalcolm with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.

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