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Toni Storm Considered Retirement Prior To AEW Debut

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Toni Storm has revealed that she considered retiring after she left WWE back in December.

After spending four years with WWE, Toni Storm surprisingly left the company in December 2021. Just days ahead of her departure, Storm faced SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair on a special Christmas Eve episode of the blue brand.

However, following an appearance at a live event, it was reported that Storm had flown herself home at her home expense, and had left the company.

The star remained out of the ring until signing with AEW at the end of March.

Speaking on the latest instalment of AEW’s ‘Road To’ series, Storm admitted that she considered walking away from the wrestling industry altogether after leaving WWE.

“Recently, I planned on retiring from the wrestling industry, which is something I never considered in my entire life. I’ve put my entire life into becoming the best professional wrestler I could be. I lost that part of myself and it brought on a lot of feelings of emptiness and sadness that I can’t even describe. I travelled the entire world to be good at this. Just like Owen Hart did. AEW is home to the best women’s division on the planet. I just qualified for the Owen Hart women’s tournament. For the first time ever, I can truly say that I am home,”

Toni Storm made her AEW debut on the Match 30th episode of Dynamite where she was revealed as the mystery opponent for The Bunny. The bout was the first qualifying match in the women’s section of the Owen Hart Foundation tournament.

During the match, The Bunny gave as good as she got, but Storm eventually claimed the win in a little under ten minutes with the Storm Zero.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.