Report: Toni Storm "Gone" From WWE

Storm has departed WWE

Toni Storm is no longer with WWE, according to a report from Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp.

"Fightful has been informed Toni Storm is gone from WWE. I've confirmed this news with the company," he tweeted.

It is believed Storm asked for her release from WWE, with Sean Ross Sapp writing: "Those that I spoke to within WWE believe Toni Storm asked for her release from the company, though I'm also making an effort to reach out to those close to her. The memo that went out did not list budget cuts as the reason, as has been tradition of late."

The 26-year-old's exit comes only one day after her final WWE match. She was in action at the December 28 house show in Washington D.C. where she and Sasha Banks challenged Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship in a Triple Threat Match. 

After performing for various European independent wrestling promotions and Stardom in Japan, Storm made her WWE debut in the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017. She then signed with the company in April 2018 and went on to win the second Mae Young Classic, defeating Io Shirai in the final. 

From there, Storm performed on NXT UK and became the second NXT UK Women's Champion, defeating Rhea Ripley for the gold in January 2019. She held the title for 231 days before dropping it to Kay Lee Ray at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff. 

The 26-year-old continued to perform in NXT UK and was set to move to NXT in early 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold until October of that year. Storm then performed on the black and gold brand until she was called up to the main roster in July of 2021. 

She initially appeared sporadically on the blue brand but had been regularly used on TV following the Survivor Series pay-per-view and had just unsuccessfully challenged Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Title on Christmas Eve.

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