2018 Mae Young Classic winner, Toni Storm recently spoke with Sporting News about the launch of WWE’s NXT UK brand as well as wrestling men and more.
On WWE launching NXT UK:
“There’s so many great guys and girls there and we’ve put on killer shows. It’s so underrated. The British talent is so incredibly underrated and it’s all come from everyone’s own creativity and hard work and passion. We thought a year ago the UK was at its best and now we have an NXT division. Of course, it was always worthy of it, but we never thought we’d be able to have that and now we do and so many good guys and girls are getting opportunities now that we never thought we could.”
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On wrestling against men:
“The guys, I think they helped me in terms of toughening up because they are stronger, but the girls are a hell of a lot more vicious. They were a lot more rough than the guys. I remember getting frustrated when I was younger because a lot of the guys, some of them didn’t want to wrestle a girl and said, ‘I don’t want to hurt her.’ I was like, ‘No, treat me like a wrestler! Treat me the same!’ I was really big on equality even at 13.”
On thriving from pressure:
“At the time, I don’t think I like it, but I do because it really does push me,” explained Storm. “The more I’m out of my comfort zone, the most stressed I am, the more pressure I’m under, the more I’m on the verge of a complete breakdown, the better I seem to perform oddly enough.”