Notes from Toni Storm’s Smackdown debut

Jul 24, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Toni Storm has officially arrived on the WWE SmackDown brand.

Friday’s SmackDown on FOX saw Storm defeat Zelina Vega in her official call-up from WWE NXT to the main roster. WWE began airing vignettes for Storm’s call-up a few weeks back.

It’s interesting to note that WWE has also given Storm a new finisher. She previously used Storm Zero in NXT, but this new move on last night’s SmackDown was called Storm One.

Storm will continue to work the blue brand as a babyface.

As seen in the video below, Storm was interviewed by Megan Morant after the win over Vega. She was asked what fans can expect from her on SmackDown.

“Well, if you look at the history books… I went to NXT UK, climbed that ladder, went to NXT, climbed that ladder, and now I’m on Friday Night SmackDown, ready to climb this big, big ladder to the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Expect to see good things,” she said.

Storm first started working with WWE in June 2017 for the inaugural Mae Young Classic. She signed a contract in May 2018, and ended up winning the Mae Young Classic at Evolution in October 2018. Storm started working the NXT UK brand in the summer of 2018, and went on to capture the NXT UK Women’s Title at “Takeover: Blackpool” in January 2019, by defeating Rhea Ripley. She would later work the WWE Survivor Series and Royal Rumble pay-per-views in her first main roster appearances. Storm took an 8 month hiatus and returned to the main NXT brand in October 2020. She had a few minor feuds in NXT before being called up to SmackDown this summer.

Stay tuned for more on Storm’s SmackDown run. Below are several photos and videos from last night:

3 Responses

  1. mth says:

    I see you’re reporting the same misinformation about Toni’s finisher, too. She already used it two months ago to defeat Zoey Stark in NXT. She did not debut it on SmackDown.

  2. CM Chippunk says:

    So … they re-sign Zelina and job her in her re-debut, in the MitB match, and then job her again, this time to Toni in her SD! debut. This makes no sense. 🤦‍♂️

  3. art123guy says:

    @CM Chippunk–It’s punishment for speaking out when she left. She had to know this would happen.

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