In the last six months, Nikki Storm’s profile has skyrocketed. Last November, the woman who describes herself as the “world’s finest wrestler” captured the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship at the promotion’s Wrestle Fever show – though lost it to Emi Sakura mere minutes later. However, she rebounded at No Man’s Land 2 in February to recapture the title and become the promotion’s first two-time champion.
All of her hard work has certainly been noticed and acknowledged, as the official announcement was made today by EVE that the 23-year old will venture out to Japan to wrestle for JWP – which means that the Glaswegian may celebrate her 24th birthday out there.
The EVE/JWP relationship has blossomed over the last half-year, with the JWP Openweight Championship being defended at Wrestle Fever with Sakura retaining by beating Kay Lee Ray – which led to Ray enjoying her own trip to Japan – and also saw Kaori Yoneyama also make her UK debut at the same show.
We have also been told that she will make her debut on April 14 at Tokyo’s Korukuen Hall, when she curiously competes alongside Sakura against the team who place second in the current JWP 2013 “Tag League The Best” round robin tournament, meaning they will take on either Heart Move (Hanako Nakamori & Mori) and The Jumonji Sisters (Dash Chisako & Sendai Sachiko). The winners and runners-up will be determined on Sunday.
We approached Storm for a comment – and she was happy to oblige:
It will be a huge honour to wrestle for JW whilst representing Pro Wrestling: EVE as its champion. It will also be a great honour for Japan to witness the amazing talent of Nikki Storm live.
It’s a big achievement for a woman who’s plugged away, applied herself and developed her game to the point that she is at now. Considering her style is very British-centric, it will be interesting to see how she fares in a joshi environment. She already has experience of wrestling Japanese talent, defeating Sakura as well as Ice Ribbon‘s best in Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida. A month of solely wrestling and training will see her grow in leaps and bounds, and should make for even higher quality matches against any challengers to her EVE Championship on her return.
– Lee Burton
– Photo by Tony Knox