On Jan. 1, news broke that Toni Storm was the victim of a hack. A website leaked personal photos and videos of the NXT UK superstar online, causing her to leave social media. Wrestling Twitter responded in the following days with an overwhelming amount of love and support for Storm. A We Support Toni Twitter account went up on Wednesday, and the hashtag #WeSupportToni went viral.
A legion of fans and high-profile names from across the industry posted messages of encouragement or lent their platform to endorse the campaign, keeping it trending into the next day. At least 15 WWE superstars, past and present, have also been the victim of leaks in the past few years. One of the most recent victims, former SmackDown General Manager, Paige didn’t hesitate to stand with Toni as well.
Fellow colleagues from WWE, NXT UK, Mae Young Classic, Stardom and other indie promotions also rallied around her. Notably, Defiant Wrestling banned a fan who was asking where to find the leaked images. The UK promotion worked out the man in question was coming to an upcoming show this Saturday in Newcastle, after others tagged his posts. They responded by canceling his tickets and letting him know he won’t be allowed in the venue if he tries to buy new ones.
We here at Diva Dirt condemn the actions against Toni Storm. Leaking someone’s private, intimate photos without their consent is a serious assault on their personhood, and it should be taken seriously. We continue to send our full support during this time.
Next Saturday, Jan. 12, Toni will use her title shot as the winner of the second Mae Young Classic to challenge Rhea Ripley for NXT UK Women’s Championship. NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool will be the first NXT UK pay-per-view event and one of the biggest matches of her career.