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Toni Storm Contemplated WWE No-Show

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Toni Storm has revealed that she was so unhappy in WWE that she contemplated not turning up to live events if not granted her release.

After being called-up to the main roster in July 2021, Toni Storm had to wait until December before entering into her first noteworthy storyline.

As the year drew to a close, Storm found herself taking on SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. During the angle, the two women ended up throwing cream pies at each other. Speaking after her WWE exit, Storm claimed that the original plan for the segment would have seen Flair rip her top off.

Despite a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship during the Christmas period, Storm quit the company with immediate effect. Her final appearance coming at a live event in Washington DC on December 28th.

During a recent appearance on Talk is Jericho, the former NXT star recalled recalled her final conversation with Vince McMahon before leaving.

“Vince seemed quite high on me on my last day. He was taking time to talk to me, stuff seemed like it was starting to get moving, but I just didn’t trust it. Something didn’t sit right. He was giving me some guidance on what he thinks I should do, this, that, and the other. I’m grateful for the opportunity, but ‘no thanks,'”

Continuing on, Storm broke down the series of events which let to her hitting her breaking point with the company. These included being told to attend events she had previously been advised she wasn’t booked on.

“It was Christmas time and I had about five shows, a big loop, I think it was Tampa, Orlando, DC, Baltimore, Albany. I’m ready to do this shit. I booked everything and am ready to go and start working. Christmas Eve, I get told, ‘you’re just on one of them. Just Tampa.’ Fine, whatever. I go to Tampa, I don’t have a match, it’s running around and doing the 24/7 Title thing with Dana Brooke. Fine, okay, cool. Shit happens, it’s Christmas time, it’s busy, I get it.

The next day, I get a phone call in the afternoon saying, ‘You realize you’re on the show tonight, right?’ ‘No, but I’ll be there.’ I had a feeling it would happen. I go, I wrestle Sasha and Charlotte for the title. Cool, we’re moving. Following this is that three-day loop. I was told and confirmed numerous times with numerous people, ‘You’re not on it.’ I’m up all night, regardless. ‘They’re going to put me on it. I’m going to be ready.’ 6 am comes, I don’t hear from them, I get on with the day as normal,”

However, just a matter of hours later, Storm got a call saying that she needed to be on a plane in two hours. The build-up of frustration hit a boiling point later that day with the Kiwi star telling John Laurinaitis she was done. In fact, Storm was so annoyed that she contemplated no-showing any future bookings if her release hadn’t been granted.

“I go to the dentist around 11, I’m in the chair, tubes in my mouth, my phone starts going insane. They need me to be on a plane in two hours. How do you say no? You can’t say no because you get heat. You’re backed into a corner. ‘I have to do this.’ I actually want to do this, but it’s been made extremely difficult for me. I’m pulled out of the chair, I race home, grab my things, get to the airport.

There’s then pent-up frustration. I get to the show, it’s halfway through the show in DC. Get there, do the match, ughh. I still can’t put it into words. The overall frustration, the lack of respect for my time and effort. I want to give this my all and everything, my whole life, I want to give it all to you guys, but you’re making it friggin’ difficult. I lost it and I quit. I told them, ‘I’m so unhappy. I need out.’

I just quit. I told Johnny Ace. I messaged him. I wouldn’t have cared if they didn’t let me go. I wasn’t going to show up. I wasn’t going to do it anymore. I sat back and tried to be a good girl my whole life, I tried to be the best and be professional and do everything by the book and in a respectful way. I just cracked,”

Even with the abrupt nature of her departure, Storm explained that Laurinaitis, who is Head of Talent Relations, took the news well.

“He was actually really cool with me. I thought I was going to get my ass handed to me and they were going to be mad. I just didn’t care. I was over it. It doesn’t sound like much of a reason to leave, this shit happens all the time, I get that. You can call me on the day of a show anytime you’d like and that’s fine, I’ll be there, but for some reason that was the thing that drove me off the edge.”

After leaving WWE, Toni Storm signed with AEW in late March. On the most recent episode of Dynamite Storm came to the aid of Thunder Rosa who had been attacked by Marina Shafir.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.