In a soon to be released interview with Ryan Satin, James Storm has confirmed that he was set to debut with WWE after WrestleMania.
Speaking to Pro Wrestling Sheet the current NWA Tag Team Champion, and former IMPACT Wrestling star revealed that WWE initially reached out during Royal Rumble weekend in January. However, he initially missed the email due to working an NWA show at the time.
Storm goes on to explain how Billy Corgan and Dave Lagana had agreed to let him out of his NWA contract, and that a plan was in place for him and his tag team partner Eli Drake to drop the belts over WrestleMania weekend. As it turned out the show was cancelled, but in the months that followed, Storm confirms that a deal with WWE was done.
“We agreed on all the terms… It was signed.”
Sadly, the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic had other plans. As the time approached for Storm’s long-awaited debut, the company informed him things were on hold due to the virus. This has remained their stance all the way up to July when he last had contact with people inside WWE. That being said Storm remains optimistic that another opportunity might come along in the future.
Of course this is not the first time James Storm has had somewhat of a near miss with WWE. Back in 2015 he wrestled two matches which aired on NXT, although on that occasion he decided to re-sign with TNA.
A clip from the interview and further quotes can be found here.
Speculation around Storm’s future remains rife, with some questioning the timing of the interview and what it might mean going forward.
For what it's worth, I had heard from multiple people in the last two weeks they were certain James Storm was coming in, so the timing of this is curious…
He'd be a great addition, especially in the much-depleted tag division.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) September 28, 2020