Willow Nightingale defeated an injured Mercedes Mone to become the inaugural NJPW Strong Women’s Champion at NJPW Resurgence this past weekend, and WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray believes AEW President Tony Khan failed to showcase Willow as a bigger star on Dynamite.
Nightingale defeated Mone due to an audible after Mone was injured in their NJPW Resurgence match.
Ray addressed the situation on “Busted Open Radio” and opined that AEW missed an opportunity to capitalize on Willow’s career highlight. He said,
“I would say that AEW missed the opportunity with Willow Nightingale…I’m not talking about giving her a ten-minute segment. I’m talking about giving her a three-minute segment. Tony announcing her, letting the fans soak it in, let the people see that championship, let her say a couple of words, and get the hell out. This was dropped in their lap… Massive missed opportunity.”
While AEW did air a clip looking at Nightingale winning the title toward the end of the show, the new champion didn’t appear live on Dynamite.
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