Current AEW wrestler Willow Nightingale was a recent guest of Vickie Guerrero on the Excuse Me: The Vickie Guerrero Show.
Nightingale opened up on a wide variety of topics pertaining to her career, including her ongoing success in AEW and the overwhelming fan support she has received.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
Willow Nightingale on her journey in AEW: “I feel really fortunate because, especially the journey that I had, I had started working semi-regularly as an extra [with AEW]. I was really lucky to have people who were willing to make me feel [like] a part of the family, even though I wasn’t there in an official capacity. So then when I did officially join the team, there was already that level of comfortability and on top of it, it was like my dream came true. Even now that the honeymoon is kind of over, of being signed, I still look around every day and I’m like, I’m living my dream. I made this happen. There’s a million things I could complain about, but this is the job I want to do. So I’m here, I’m present, and I’m going to do what I have to. That’s just the way I look at every day there.”
On when she started training in wrestling: “When I started wrestling training, I started in 2014, in terms of training. Had my first match in 2015. At that time, making it to a television company didn’t really seem like a realistic goal. That was just kind of like, ‘Maybe, one day, would be nice,’ but I wanted to set really practical goals for myself. I had always been a big fan of this wrestling promotion, SHIMMER, which is based on Chicago. It was just basically whoever is a women’s wrestler in the United States, even globally, because they were bringing in women from all over, but just putting on the best matches you can. There weren’t any standards for what kind of mold you should fit into. It was just, be the best version of yourself that you can be. I also think it’s really important to recognize the difference between presentation and fitting a mold because I feel like everyone brings a level of professionalism.
Willow Nightingale on there not being one definition for how a star should look in wrestling: “We’re all stars, we all bring this level of presence with us, but it doesn’t mean that there’s one definition for that. That’s something that, when AEW started, because that started within my career, I was like, ‘This is awesome. This is where I want to be. This is the place.’ Since I saw it happening, I made that my goal, and I made it happen. Now I’m lucky that I get to be the representation for people like me, that I never had. Growing up, I didn’t see anyone that looked like [me]. There are people I meet who, as crazy as it seems, I’ve met people who have cried, telling me when they meet me, ‘You have no idea how much it means to see someone like you in the position you’re in.’ I don’t take it lightly, so thank you for making my dreams on the other side of this come true.”
On the fans showing her support: “The thing that I really go off of is the energy and the vibe whenever I go out to shows and whenever I make my entrance, I feel that. I feel that the crowds have gotten louder, there are more people with me. But to me, that’s all just really exciting. I try not to let it go to my head because I don’t want to be the kind of person that coasts and gets super comfortable and is like, ‘I’m the person.’ I felt it for a very little bit, and already I’ve been having conversations with my boyfriend where it’s like, ‘I have to shift, I have to start doing new this, I have to get better at this.’ People have plateaus, but I want to just keep on getting better, rising in popularity, I want to be the face, a face of this company. So I’m gonna keep trying.”
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