Toni Storm made her return at NXT TakeOver 31, revealing her intentions to come to the American NXT brand full-time in an attempt to capture the NXT Women's Championship from Io Shirai.

For the first time in her career, COVID-19 forced Storm to take some time away from wrestling. Speaking to Comic Book, Storm spoke about how the time off was difficult for her but ultimately allowed her to heal.

"It was quite eye-opening for me having all this time off, but it was good for me physically, but not doing something that I love and that I was 13 years old, just so long, kind of takes a toll mentally," Storm said. "I just realized that this is where I need to be more than anywhere in the world. It's revitalized my passion as a whole. In a way, maybe the break was kind of a good thing. The bruises have healed and I'm ready to dive right back in, and it's nice to start thing off with a clean slate."

Toni Storm returned to quite the extensive roster of women on NXT. A lineup that sees names such as Candice LeRae, Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai, Kacy Catanzaro, Raquel Gonzalez, and a returning Ember Moon, Storm is looking to test her abilities against some old rivals while adding some new accolades to her career.

"I've faced a lot of those girls in the past, but would have to say Shirai, because she's got the NXT Championship I want," Storm said. "I'm going for the top prize, and at the moment that means going through Shirai. I'm all in, and I've beat her once already, so I'm looking forward to the rematch because I can do it again."

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