WWE star Toni Storm received the support of fellow wrestlers and a community of fans after private photos of her were leaked online.
The 23-year-old professional wrestler deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts after the hacked nude photos appeared on the internet, leading fans to create the hashtag #WeSupportToni.
Social media users wrote messages of support, including former SmackDown general manager Paige, who was a victim of a similar attack in 2017.
Paige said: “It’s gonna be hard and people are gonna be mean because they don’t understand. But you’re a strong, talented woman. You’ll get through this.”
A Twitter account named We Support Toni was created to help the wrestler from New Zealand, and it now has over 1,000 followers.
A number of other wrestlers also lent their voices to the campaign in support of Storm.
And NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo said: “Toni Storm is an amazing performer and more importantly, a good person. I am sickened by what she has had to endure. The harassment and invasion of privacy in our society needs to stop.”
It wasn’t just wrestlers that stood with Storm. Fans rallied in droves to support her as well—and they didn’t mince words.
— wwe_luzy (@LuzyWwe) January 3, 2019
Brilliant. Let this be a lesson to people who think its funny to make fun of, or worse contribute to, possibly ruining not only someones career, but whole life. Fuck this guy and fuck anyone else who thinks the same as him #WeSupportToni
— The Ghosted ⎊ne (@danjohnsonbc4l) January 3, 2019
I see this #WeSupportToni as a STATEMENT that WE are sick and tired of these hackers, ex boyfriends, haters, wanna be news sites ect that they share these images!
It's not the person on the picture that should be ashamed, it's the person sharing the content with NO PERMISSION!
— Alpha Female (@Jazzy_Gabert) January 3, 2019
ya'll acting like toni is the only woman to have ever took a nude, she's a goddess so stfu already #WeSupportToni.
— lindsey (@imlindseey) January 3, 2019
— Logan Douglas (@LoganDouglas200) January 3, 2019
I just found out. I’m sorry you and especially her are going through this. I just received my incredibly well done calendar of hers and tell people she was who got me to go to Evolution. I have immense respect for you both. If you all need anything, let us know! #WeSupportToni 🖤
— Jess Dennis (@JessDDennis) January 3, 2019
can’t Imagine what it’s like been a female wrestler at times
Sexual harassment of any sort is not on!
If you are one of the people sharing nudes or videos seriously put your dick in a pencil sharper you pathetic little virgins!#WeSupportToni
— Beth (@beth01282) January 2, 2019
Toni Storm is a fucking rockstar and by all accounts a lovely person. She is going to be a main event level star stealing the show at WrestleMania before we know it #WeSupportToni
— Hairy Wrestling Fan (@hairywrestling) January 3, 2019
— Athers (@oldathers) January 2, 2019
I'm so proud of all of you. I hope someone shows Toni Storm all these wonder tweets under #WeSupportToni. Social media can be horrible sometimes, but it's times like this where it can be uplifting and inspiring. No one deserves to be violated like Toni has been.
— DalyxmanVX (@DalyxmanVX1) January 3, 2019
I don't care who you are or what you do, if you leak someone's private images you're an absolute jackass and should suffer. Toni has worked her ass off to get where she is and whoever did this is just disgusting.#WeSupportToni
— Matt 🔜 ??? (@MattMarie777) January 2, 2019
No one, absolutely no one deserves to be in the situation Toni is right now. It is sickening to think that people will leak them just “for fun” or whatever. She’s a human being too. She is beautiful, talented, and super nice. #WeSupportToni ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eswbH6kFqo
— zΩ / 1 DAY TILL WK13/ 64 DAYS TILL CAPTAIN MARVEL (@coupdebanks) January 3, 2019
I love Toni Storm, she's in my opinion one of the most hard working women to entertain us and she deserves to have us give something back with our support
— yogi (@bexmode) January 3, 2019
Storm is scheduled to challenge NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley at an event on January 12.
WWE has not commented on the leaked photos or the messages of support.