An unnamed female WWE Superstar has been quoted as saying she believes she could make good money outside of WWE on the independent wrestling scene.
Toni Storm became the latest WWE Superstar to depart the company in 2021 after she flew herself home following a live event where she faced Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. Storm has reportedly been granted her release after asking for it with other reports suggesting a possible reason behind the former NXT UK Women’s Champion’s departure.
Storm takes the number of WWE Superstars to leave the company in 2021 to over eighty as the roster has been sliced several times with budget cuts being given as the reason for the majority of those let go.
As well as those released from contracts, the promotion has also lost several members of their roster whose contracts have expired this year. Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Johnny Gargano have all apparently run down the clock on their deals before leaving, with the first three of those names since becoming All Elite.
Speaking on Fightful’s Q&A show, Sean Ross Sapp – who first broke the news of Toni Storm’s departure – gave an insight into the mindset of some in the WWE locker room by revealing what he was told by an unnamed member of the roster:
“I’ve not heard of any women wanting out of their WWE deals, but I’ve definitely heard of some that believed that they could make good money on the independent circuit. I’ll say this. I spoke with one that says that they could probably make a good amount of money on the independent circuit because there aren’t a ton of former WWE long-term main roster draws that are out there.”
One former star that doesn’t look set for a return to the company any time soon is former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax. Jax recently quashed rumours suggesting she was set for a shock return at the Royal Rumble.