Session Moth Martina on why she didn’t sign with NXT UK

Irish wrestling star, Session Moth Martina, was one of the most well-known characters in independent wrestling last year.

Martina recently sat down with Andrew Thompson of POST Wrestling to discuss several topics including STARDOM and her NXT UK tryout

In October, Bushiroad acquired STARDOM, which resulted in the first Joshi match on a Wrestle Kingdom card ever. Martina has worked with the promotion as a member of Oedo Tai. During the interview, she gave her opinion on the partnership and the dark match.

“100 percent,” she said. “I think it was such a great — at the end of the day, the way I see it is, even though it was dark, it was still 40,000 people from Japan seeing STARDOM so now, more eyes are on STARDOM and that’s the goal at the end of the day because these girls are insanely talented. They’re the best in the world. So, at the end of the day, that’s what I think. Like baby steps. One day we might get on the pay-per-view, one day there might be a STARDOM match but at the end of the day, STARDOM, it does have its own company, so it doesn’t need New Japan either. I think they’re both independent of each other. It’s great that they’re working together but if New Japan could help STARDOM, STARDOM could help New Japan, they should just work together with that. I was there to see it and it was surreal. It was just amazing seeing a promotion I work for on such a big stage, on Wrestle Kingdom. It was amazing, and obviously, the idea [that] there’s speculation that there might be crossovers and obviously, the dream match is me and [Toru] Yano. Me and Yano, that is my dream match. I need to either tag with Yano or face Yano. One or the other, or me against [Minoru] Suzuki. One of them has to happen, so we’ll just keep nagging New Japan until they provide.”

Last year, Martina participated in an NXT UK tryout over the summer. However, “Session Moth” surprised many fans and industry insiders when she opted to sign with Ring of Honor instead.

“The NXT UK tryout was really fun. It was the first-ever all-female tryout. So yeah, that was great, and I really enjoyed the experience, I felt like it went really well. Yeah, it was quite great getting to train [at] the U.K. P.C. and I got asked to stay on and do an extra week of training just to see the current signees and stuff, and a lot of my friends work there so I felt very comfortable straight away. I just felt like, at that time I guess, it just wasn’t the right direction for me. I mean, it would’ve been a great opportunity to start something new, but I felt like just for me right now, [I] just didn’t really want to give up the amount of travel that I get to do at the moment and I have a lot of freedom as it is right now. I’ve been to Australia this year, America, Japan. I’m just not really ready to [give that up]. I’ve put a lot into my character over the last five years and I just felt like Ring of Honor was a better fit for my character and what I wanted to do with my character, and I just felt like it was gonna be a bit safer here. It just felt like a better fit.”

Be sure to check out the full interview, where she goes into other topics like her admiration for fellow Irish star, Becky Lynch.

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