Willow Nightingale
Nightingale in January 2020
Birth nameDanielle Paultre
Born (1994-01-25) January 25, 1994 (age 30)
North Valley Stream, New York, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Eye Candy
Willa Monet
Willow Monet
Willow Nightingale
Billed height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Billed fromLong Island, New York, U.S.
Trained byBull James
Mike Mondo
DebutFebruary 27, 2015

Danielle Paultre (born January 25, 1994), better known by the ring name Willow Nightingale, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[1] She also performs for AEW's partner New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where she was the inaugural Strong Women's Champion.

In addition to her work in AEW and NJPW, Nightingale is known for her tenures with Ring of Honor[2] and Shimmer Women Athletes, challenging for championships in both promotions.[3][4]

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2015–present)

Nightingale in 2018

Paultre was trained by Mike Mondo at the New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) school in Deer Park, New York. On February 27, 2015, Paultre, under the ring name Willow Nightingale, made her professional wrestling debut on NYWC's We Can Do It event, losing to Sammy Pickles.[5] A year after her debut, Nightingale won the NYWC Starlet Championship.[6] On November 21, 2018, at Shimmer Women Athletes' Volume 108 event, Nightingale unsuccessfully faced Dust for the Heart of Shimmer Championship.[7] After holding the NYWC Starlet Championship since February 2016, Nightingale lost the title to Kris Statlander on February 23, 2019.[8] Nightingale reclaimed the NYWC Starlet Championship on January 25, 2020, defeating then-champion Tina San Antonio in a steel cage match.[9] On February 26, 2022, Nightingale defeated Johnny Radke, Dino Might, and John Silver in a four-way match to win the NYWC Fusion Championship.[10]

All Elite Wrestling (2021–present)

On May 3, 2021, Nightingale made her All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut, competing on AEW Dark: Elevation against Thunder Rosa, to whom she lost.[11] On April 8, 2022, on AEW Rampage, Nightingale participated in the Owen Hart Cup tournament, losing to Red Velvet during a qualifying round match.[12] On June 17, at Road Rager, Nightingale challenged Jade Cargill in a match for the AEW TBS Championship, which Willow lost.[13] Nightingale challenged for the championship again at Battle of the Belts IV, losing once again.[14] On the October 21 episode of Rampage, it was announced that Nightingale had signed with AEW.[15]

On June 2, 2023, Nightingale defended the Strong Women's Championship against Emi Sakura on All Elite Wrestling's television show AEW Rampage, marking the first time that title was defended outside of NJPW. On June 17 at the premiere episode of Collision, Nightingale teamed up with Skye Blue to defeat Ruby Soho and the AEW Women's World Champion Toni Storm.[16] Nightingale competed in the 2023 Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament, winning over Nyla Rose and advancing to the finals by defeating Athena in the semifinal round.[17][18] On the July 15 episode of Collision, Nightingale defeated Ruby Soho to win the women's tournament. On September 23, 2023 episode of Collision, Nightingale was injured and pulled from the match against Hart, Kiera Hogan was Nightingale's replacement in the match against Hart until she was defeated by Hart and She attacked Hogan until Skye Blue came out to make the save, Blue was misted by Hart "blinding" her.[19]

Ring of Honor (2021–present)

On June 6, 2021, Nightingale made her Ring of Honor (ROH) debut on ROH's Women's Division Wednesday program, where she defeated Alex Gracia.[20] On August 4, Nightingale competed in the ROH Women's World Championship tournament to determine the inaugural champion, losing to Allysin Kay in the first round.[21] On December 3, Nightingale defeated Mandy Leon to become the number one contender for the ROH Women's World Championship.[22] On December 11, at Final Battle, Nightingale unsuccessfully challenged Rok-C for the Women's World Championship.[23] Following Final Battle, ROH went on hiatus.

On April 1, 2022, at Supercard of Honor, Nightingale faced Mercedes Martinez for the interim ROH Women's World Championship but was defeated.[24] On June 6 episode of Ring of Honor, Nightingale successfully defended the Strong Women's Championship against Rachael Ellering.[25]

On July 16, 2023 it was announced that Willow will be facing Athena at Death Before Dishonor of year 2023 for the ROH Women's World Championship.[citation needed] This match main evented the Pay-per-view and during this match Willow was not successful as Athena retained.[26]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2023–present)

On April 27, 2023, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced that Nightingale would compete in a four-woman single-elimination tournament on May 21 at Resurgence to crown the inaugural Strong Women's Champion.[27] At Resurgence, Nightingale defeated Momo Kohgo in the semi-finals and Mercedes Moné in the finals to become the inaugural Strong Women's Champion.[28] She had her first successful title defense on the June 2 episode of Rampage, where she retained the title by defeating Emi Sakura.[29] On July 5, at the second night of NJPW Independence Day, Nightingale lost the title to Giulia, ending her reign at 45 days.[30]

Championships and accomplishments

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