Toni Storm has lifted the lid on her departure from WWE, blasting the level of “f*ckery” and “bullsh*t” backstage saying it made her miserable.
Although burnout had initially been given as the reason for her release, just days after losing a Smackdown Women’s Championship match to Charlotte Flair, Toni Storm clarified the real reasons why she walked out and flew herself back home.
“Over time there was so much f*ckery, so much bullsh*t. Each to their own, some people don’t get that and some people do and I was just sick of it and tired. What am I doing this for? What am I trying to prove to anyone? Do people really care where I go to do fake wrestling moves? Do people really care that bad that I have to be miserable day in, day out? I was unhappy and why should I be unhappy? So I could do WrestleMania? That’s nice and everything but I’m still going to be miserable the next day.”
In a compelling interview with Renee Paquette on The Sessions, Storm, a former NXT UK Women’s Champion, spoke candidly on her time in WWE, how waiting for opportunities made her miserable as did the threat of being imminently released.
“Let’s just face it, they fire people left, right, and centre out of the blue, and I could be fired next week, and then what’s the point?” It just felt very pointless in the end, to be honest, and it’s been hard to convey that. Especially to the fans, especially to people who just aren’t in this business and they’ll never understand. I must sound ridiculous to those people but the reality of what it’s actually like [in WWE] is something else.
Toni Storm claims she was going to quit wrestling altogether and it was AEW owner, Tony Khan, who reached out to her. Storm credits her new AEW home for rekindling her love of wrestling.
“I thought my whole purpose in life was to go to WWE but then over time, I realized it’s pro wrestling that I love, it’s not a company that I love. It’s pro wrestling.”
Since moving to AEW, Toni Storm has become locked in a rivalry with former Women’s Champion Britt Baker. At Double or Nothing, Baker defeated Storm in the semi-finals of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. In looking back at the event, Paquette criticised the booking of the women’s tournament, suggesting that either Storm or beaten finalist Ruby Soho should have won.
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