WWE star Toni Storm deletes social media accounts after hackers leak private, nude photos
The 23-year-old New Zealand native is one of the most highly-rated upcoming female wrestlers in WWE after she signed on with the company in 2018
Stars and fans of the WWE have gathered to show their support for NXT UK superstar Toni Storm after naked photos of her were leaked online. The 23-year-old New Zealand native is one of the most highly-rated upcoming female wrestlers in WWE after she signed on with the company in 2018. WWE Hall of Fame star Mark Henry himself labeled her "the next big thing in women's wrestling". She is also the winner of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
The young star has now been forced to delete her Twitter and Instagram accounts after images and a video of her naked were shared online by hackers.
The wrestling community has joined hands to show support to Storm with stars and ardent fans paying tribute to her on social media, reported Mirror Online.
The hashtag "#WeSupportToniStorm" has been going viral online and former SmackDown Live general manager Paige, who was also a victim of a similar hack in 2017, paid a tribute to Storm. She wrote: "#WeSupportToniStorm from someone that has experienced the same thing I strongly support you girl. It's gonna be hard and people are gonna be mean because they don't understand. But you're strong, talented woman. You'll get through this. Your future is too bright to be dimmed."
Mauro Ranallo, NXT and Showtime boxing commentator, also said: "Toni Storm is an amazing performer and, more importantly, a good person. I am sickened by what she has had to endure. The harassment and invasion of privacy in our society needs to stop. NOW! #WeSupportToni"
#WeSupportToniStorm from someone that has experienced the same thing I strongly support you girl. It’s gonna be hard and people are gonna be mean because they don’t understand. But you’re a strong, talented woman. You’ll get through this. Your future is too bright to be dimmed.— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 3, 2019
Storm and WWE have not released any statements regarding the issue but wrestling fans have commented in droves on social media to show their support for the rising star who currently lives in Liverpool, UK. A few other WWE stars have also suffered from similar incidents in the past including Zelina Vega, Ruby Riott, and Charlotte Flair.
The incident came in the wake of former WWE RAW women's champion Alex Bliss taking aim at social media trolls and calling them "cowards". She wrote: "If I had a Nickel for every negative, judgmental & just straight up rude comment on social media this week. I could’ve retired yesterday."
Toni has been my favorite wrestler from the first moment I watched her in the ring. To see the hashtag that I started blow up and trend worldwide makes me so incredibly happy for Toni. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. #BeTheChange #WeSupportToni pic.twitter.com/w4p6oY1jNP— Cody Repass #WeSupportToni (@RealRepass) January 3, 2019
Storm is going to be one of the highlight acts to perform at the upcoming NXT UK TakeOver event scheduled to take place in Blackpool later on this month. She will be facing NXT UK women's champion Rhea Ripley.