Toni Storm has a tall order ahead of herself at tonight’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam as she defends her interim AEW Women’s Championship against three of AEW’s strongest women’s division contenders. Storm spoke with TV Insider’s Scott Fishman ahead of tonight’s title fight.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On the environment in AEW: “It has been really nice. Everyone is really happy. Everyone I’m around is feeling really proud to be there. I love it. I think it’s a really nice locker room. I think Tony [Khan] has the right idea of bringing fresh, new, and exciting things to our TVs every Wednesday and Friday. I’m definitely happier. I think it’s a really good atmosphere. I think that pushes me to work even harder. I’m improving a lot because of having that nice environment. We have hiccups. Every locker room in pro wrestling has its faults at times, but I think overall I’m in a good place.”
How she sees the state of the women’s division: “It’s a story as old as time. Women’s wrestling struggles to get the same amount of time as the guys. We are put in a different position, but I really do believe we are headed in the right direction. We’ve got a locker room full of really hardworking and talented women that, I believe, are the future. It’s going to change the entire game. I think we’re going to overcome and get more time and see more emphasis on ourselves. But we’re doing the hard work. I’m very confident in this entire division. I’m proud to be at the top, and will do whatever I can to push it where it needs to go. I’m proud of everyone back there. I’m choosing to be positive. I think, little by little, there will be more emphasis on us in AEW. We just need to keep breaking down that door. I also think consistency is what will get us there.”
What her life away from work is like: “I created quite the home life, which is kind of new for me. I got married. I have my dogs. I have my own little life outside of wrestling now, whereas in previous years it revolved around just wrestling. Combining work and your personal life constantly isn’t good for your head. My life outside of wrestling isn’t very exciting. It involves me playing around with the dogs and trying not to drink too much coffee. I’m quite boring. I just like to chill because wrestling is really exhausting.”
Toni Storm won the interim Women’s Championship after Thunder Rosa had to relinquish it due to injury. She will be defending the belt tonight against Britt Baker, Athena, and Serena Deeb.