Toni Storm Becomes Inaugural PROGRESS Women’s Champion
Women’s wrestling just keeps growing around the globe, and today, PROGRESS Wrestling crowned its inaugural Women’s Champion. Storm defeated Jinny and Laura DiMatteo during Day 2 of the Super Strong Style 16 tournament to become the promotion’s first female champion.
Congratulations to Toni, and congrats to all three women for making history in PROGRESS today. We will have full coverage of SSS16 along with Toni’s win when PROGRESS gets the tournament up on their streaming service.
Matt Riddle Doesn’t Want To Go To WWE Now
Matt Riddle has no interest in heading to the WWE any time soon. During a recent interview, Riddle said that he wants to work NJPW and is satisfied doing his own thing right now.
“I just don’t want to go to WWE this second. They have so much talent on their roster and so much going on. I am not saying things won’t change, but right now I am working in the Indies and building my reputation. I get to work the style I want to work 100 percent and no one is telling me what to do. If I went to the WWE right now, it would be a big deal, but not as big of a deal as it could be. I like wrestling right now, working tournaments, winning titles and going all around the world.
At the same time, I feel like there are a few things on my bucket list to do before I go to the WWE. I would like to wrestle for New Japan or at least wrestle in Japan. If I could be in Zak Sabre’s situation, that would be ideal for me right now. He wrestles for New Japan, Evolve and PWG. He wrestles for all the promotions I do, but he also does New Japan. I am very interested but have not talked to them directly. I have run into their people at the indie shows and that’s how I have been working my way into New Japan. That’s how I got my match with Shibata. I have another big match with someone from New Japan and they will have people from their office at that match. Hopefully they like what they see and say something. If not, no biggie. I am doing great things, but ideally for the resume checking off New Japan is my goal.
Maybe in the next few years, maybe five, then I can debut in WWE and make it a big deal. I would go straight into the big show, no NXT. Nothing against NXT, but I have done UFC and a fair amount of the indies. I feel like the route I am going, and the credentials I will have when I have that meeting with the WWE, I think the better. The more name value I have the better. The more undeniable I am the better. Then I can get what I want. Not necessarily get what I want, but yea that’s it exactly, to get what I want.”