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Photos : The Toni Storm Story - Toni Storm

Toni Rossall (born 19 October 1995) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE performing developmental territory on the NXT under the ring name Toni Storm.

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In Stardom, she is a former World of Stardom Champion, and SWA World Champion. Rossall also works extensively on the European independent circuit, where she is a former Progress Women’s Champion and the current wXw Women’s Champion.

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Rossall was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but lived most of her childhood in Australia, where she moved after her parents got divorced.

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After making her professional wrestling debut at the age of 13 for Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW), Storm decided she wanted to become a better wrestler and convinced her mother to let her move to Liverpool, England to live with her grandmother.

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While living in England, Rossall trained under Dean Allmark. She started working internationally in countries such as Finland, France, Germany, and Spain. Storm took part in a WWE tryout camp in Melbourne on the 2014 WWE Australian tour and the 2015 WWE UK tour.

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Progress Wrestling (2015–2018)

Storm made her debut for Progress Wrestling on 14 April 2015, being defeated by Elizabeth.

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In May 2017, Storm became the first ever Progress Women’s Champion after defeating Jinny and Laura Di Matteo in a three-way match. This match marked the first time that female wrestlers competed in the main event of a Progress event.

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Throughout the year, Storm went on to successfully defend the championship numerous times against challengers like Kay Lee Ray, Laura Di Matteo and Candice LeRae.

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World Wonder Ring Stardom (2016–2018)

In 2016, she began working for the Japanese World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, where she won the SWA World Championship on 24 July. On 2 October 2016, Stardom officially announced that Storm had signed with the promotion.

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After winning the 2017 Cinderella Tournament on 30 April, Storm also won the 2017 5★Star GP on 18 September, becoming the first wrestler to win the two tournaments in the same year.

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On 24 September, Storm became the new World of Stardom Champion in an unplanned finish, when Mayu Iwatani was legitimately injured during a title defense against her, prompting the referee to stop the match and award Storm the title. On 9 June 2018 Storm lost the World of Stardom Championship against Kagetsu.

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WWE (2017–present)

On 16 June 2017, WWE announced Storm as one of the first four participants of the Mae Young Classic.

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Storm entered the tournament on 13 July, defeating Ayesha Raymond in the first round.

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The following day, Storm defeated Lacey Evans in the second round and Piper Niven in the quarterfinals, before being eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by Kairi Sane.

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On 9 May 2018, Storm was advertised for the upcoming United Kingdom Championship Tournament events. On 24 May 2018 Dave Meltzer reported that Storm had signed a WWE UK contract.

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