Toni Storm is a professional wrestling sensation. At simply 26 years of age, the New Zealander has travelled the globe, notching up greater than a decade of success contained in the squared circle, however in an unique chat with M&F, the fan favourite reveals that her highest is but to return.
In an open and sincere chat, Storm talks about her renewed ardour for health, why the previous WWE UK Women’s Champion feels that she’s in her greatest form ever, and who's on her checklist of dream opponents.
On this previous Wednesday evening’s episode of “AEW Dynamite” on TBS, Storm was cheated out of her place within the last of the Owen Hart Cup Tournament as a result of Britt Baker getting an unlawful help from Jamie Hayter. The Owen Hart Cup last takes place reside on the “AEW Double of Nothing” pay-per-view from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 29. It was launched this yr in honor of the person that followers knew as “The King of Harts,” a wrestler that was revered for his charisma and wrestling prowess, each as a technical grasp and as a high-flyer.
Owen Hart was a ‘wrestlers’ wrestler’ and his matches are nonetheless studied to today by the longer term stars of the mat. While Storm’s probability to elevate the cup had been stolen this time, reaching the semi-finals was no imply feat. “I would say that my favorite Owen Hart match was him versus Bret Hart at WrestleMania X,” says Storm. “In my opinion, Owen Hart is ‘wrestling done correctly,’ he was phenomenal, just one of the greatest that our industry has ever had.”
Being the best is a notion that Storm has chased feverishly since making her debut in Australia, in 2009. Since then, the thrilling performer has travelled the world, making a reputation for herself in promotions comparable to Japan’s Stardom, and naturally WWE the place she turned the United Kingdom Women’s Champion in 2019, ten years after her debut. After dwelling in England to wrestle in WWE NXT UK, Storm was later drafted to WWE NXT stateside, the place she settled down in Florida, resulting in a name as much as WWE’s SmackDown model. Grapple followers will recall that Storm was competing on the highest degree of WWE earlier than she departed the corporate final yr, touring the United States and sharing a hoop with the likes of Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair, however after asking for her launch from WWE in December of 2021, Storm started to focus on her well being and wellbeing, and drew an extremely optimistic response throughout her shock AEW debut on an episode of Dynamite again in March.
“I’m feeling more ready than ever,” says Storm, who’s enthusiasm is infectious as she talks of her journey up to now. “I’ve always trained, I’ve always stayed consistent, but it’s really in the last year that I’ve really started to see myself developing as an athlete. For example, when I was in NXT, you can even see in the footage, I’m not in the greatest physical condition that I ever was, but with moving to America from the UK, huge lifestyle changes, Covid, life just in general can really be harder at times than it is in others, and during my time in NXT I didn’t feel like I was perfect with my training and my nutrition, but really in the last year I’ve been kicking it into gear and taking it up a notch. I’m training the most consistently than I’ve ever been, and I’m starting to see some really good results.”
Toni Storm Is Making the Right Choices
The life of a professional wrestler could be very very like that of a global rockstar. These performers are in a unique city each evening and discover it arduous to sleep because of the late reveals and the adrenaline rush of the group. For Storm, settling right into a strong routine and shunning the after-show events for some much-needed relaxation and restoration has been key to her wellbeing.
“I’ve made a lot of changes to my life in the past year, especially,” says Storm. “I turned 26 in October last year, and I’ve really felt myself growing up. You know, in your early 20s when you are working, living a fast-paced lifestyle, like anyone, you are not constantly making the best lifestyle choices. Sometimes there’s some bad food on the road, maybe some drinks after the shows, and that really caught up with me because I was just constantly on the road for years with no routine, not getting enough sleep. All of those things started to weigh heavy on me but now I don’t drink any alcohol. I’ve noticed an immense difference. My workouts and everything has totally changed.”
Storm additionally shares that her husband, and fellow skilled wrestler, Juice Robison has been instrumental in supporting her motivation to coach, typically accompanying her to the fitness center. “That’s a game changer,” says Storm. “He’s kinda my backup!”
On present days, our woman from down below says that relaxation and hydration are important for feeling good. “I’ve been stocking up on the little cans of sparking water and keeping one of those in my hand as I go.” The thrilling sports activities entertainer has additionally diminished her espresso consumption and feels much less jittery since doing so.
In a typical week, Storm undertakes three to 4 exercise classes with a private coach, break up between leg day, and 1 or 2 higher physique days relying on her schedule and objectives. Before Storm heads out for a taxing wrestling match, she's going to undertake intense circuit coaching to work on her cardio, energy, and stamina. Outside of the fitness center, Storm additionally likes to take lengthy walks along with her canine.
The Calm Before the Storm
After her profitable AEW debut towards The Bunny on March 30, Toni Storm has been wowing critics along with her in-ring prowess, and whereas AEW’s occasion schedule is lighter than that of WWE’s, the blonde bombshell is busier than ever. Reports recommend that the sweetness made greater than $10,000 within the first hour of her OnlyFans account going reside. “I’m constantly taking photoshoots, which means I constantly have to be in shape for that and for wrestling.”
There’s little question that Storm is eager for individuals to know that she’s obtained the mettle to turn out to be one of the best within the wrestling enterprise. “I’m busier than I ever have been.” says the grasp of the Storm Zero piledriver. “The opinion (of others) for a long time was that maybe I didn’t like to be working hard or on the road, or that I’m just too tired and I don’t have what it takes but I can assure you that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Being part of the AEW roster has lit a hearth in Storm to point out simply what she will be able to do. “I’m so excited, because I don’t feel like I’ve been able to show people the best of me yet,” shares Storm. “The best is yet to come.” This extra focussed, pushed model of Toni Storm says that Serena Deeb and Kris Statlander high her checklist of future dream opponents.
Toni Storm Has No Time for Negativity
Dealing with detrimental voices is not any enjoyable for these which are within the public eye, however Toni Storm is studying to place the blinkers on in relation to dealing trolls. “It’s becoming more and more of a problem, and it can be really hard for people, it can drag people’s mental state down dramatically, and that’s something that I have had to work really hard to get over,” says Storm. “I was a teenager coming up in this business and I’ve grown … and I’m noticing that a lot of comments do get made about our bodies.”
The wrestling celebrity says that it is very important see trolls for what they're, and never allow them to get into your head. “People can say what they want about me and that’s none of my business. You know, the birds are still gonna sing the next morning and I’m gonna get up and go to the gym and continue to better myself and stay in the zone. It can be really hard for a young woman to adopt that strong mentality but I urge every young woman to just take care of their head, number one, and not listen to anyone, not care about what strangers have to say.”