Mae Young Classic 2018 winner, Toni Storm recently spoke with Sports Bible about growing and developing in the UK and wanting to face Becky Lynch.
On moving to the UK to develop as a wrestler:
“I was quite lucky. When I first came out here — from about 17 to 18 — I was just on and off again. By the time I was 19, I was fully moved here. But I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of Dean Allmark, who is a trainer like quite local, and he helped me get to where I wanted to be. It was baby steps at first. It was really hard at first because I moved over with nothing. I was lucky enough to have a bit of family support, but I essentially moved over with about £30.
“I trained as much as I could, went to as many shows as I could, started at the bottom and then eventually developed into bigger and bigger shows. I started going around [the]Europe scene more into Germany, Italy and then I eventually did Japan, which helped boost my reputation so I could come back and get on to bigger shows like Progress, which has helped me to lead to now, NXT UK.”
Her dream opponent:
“I’ve always dreamt of having a match with Becky Lynch. I’ve always wanted that to happen. She said it at the 2017 Mae Young that she would love a match. And then I was speaking to Sasha [Banks] in a recent interview and she said she would love to step in the ring with me. Actually, kind of thinking about it that might be quite good!”
Competing at WWE Evolution:
“It was definitely a very stressful experience, very rewarding in the most incredible experience of my life, but the journey was hard. Because I made it to [the]semi-finals [in]2017 and going into 2018 I was like, ‘well, if I get less than semi-finals, then that’s a knock on me.’ So I had so much pressure, so much drive and determination to get to the finals because that had sat with me for over a year and I was like, ‘I have to get to the finals. I have to win this thing.’ It’s all I need to do, so I just kept that vision in mind and it worked out for the best. Ha-ha!”