In a remarkable surge through the ranks of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Toni Storm's new "Timeless" persona has not only captivated audiences but has also led her to become the top contender for the AEW Women's World Championship.
The multi-dimensional character, punctuated by backstage antics like throwing shoes at colleagues and spellbinding black and white entrances reminiscent of silent films, has undoubtedly become a sensation in the pro-wrestling world.
WWE superstar Tegan Nox, who has shared a locker room and even a wrestling ring with Storm in the past, applauds the evolution of Storm's career. Speaking on the popular wrestling podcast "Wilde On," Nox declared, "She's living her best life," emphasizing that Storm's work in AEW feels authentic.
"It's so good, and it's very her as well," she added. The catchphrase that has become synonymous with Storm's "Timeless" character, "Chin up and t*** out," captures her audacious spirit perfectly, according to Nox. "It's the most Toni thing she could possibly say," she observed.
The ability for a wrestler to develop a compelling gimmick often serves as a catalyst for their career, and Storm is a case study in this regard.
Nox Backs Storm
Nox, who has known Storm for over a decade, dating back to their days on the British independent wrestling scene, believes that this new iteration of Storm is deeply rooted in her genuine personality.
"I messaged her straight after seeing her AEW debut. I told her, 'That is you. That's the Toni I've known for 12 years,'" Nox recalled. As for the future, Nox can't help but feel enthusiastic. "How far is this going to go? Because knowing Toni, she's going to push the envelope as far as she can," she said.
"I just love that she's throwing shoes at people now. It adds another layer to her character." Storm's journey from WWE to becoming a force to reckon with in AEW is a testament to her talent, versatility, and creativity. For fans and contemporaries like Tegan Nox, it's a compelling narrative that underscores how embracing one's authentic self can propel you to new heights in the world of professional wrestling.