Toni Storm def. Hiroyo Matsumoto in a Second-Round Match
ORLANDO, Fla. — Toni Storm was in a state of disbelief after pinning Hiroyo Matsumoto in the first match of the Second Round. After all, Lady Godzilla clobbered The Lightning Down Under with everything she had throughout the match. Although the tenacious Storm returned fire, breaking Matsumoto’s momentum from time to time with a snap-suplex here or a headbutt there, she couldn’t string together more than a few moves before Matsumoto regained control.
Matsumoto even thrashed Storm with her devastating Rock Drop signature move, but Storm’s ring awareness saved the day, as she draped her foot over the bottom rope to break the pinfall. The Australian Superstar eventually cinched the victory after countering a Matsumoto clothesline (the third in a series of brutal lariats by Lady Godzilla) with a bridging rollup to score the three-count.
Storm might be one of the youngest competitors in the tournament, but as she showed in her gutsy performance, she has the survival instinct of a true ring veteran.