Toni Storm Reveals Why She Quit WWE
Toni Storm opens up about her WWE exit
Following a WWE house show match on December 28, 2021, Toni Storm abruptly requested and was granted her release from the company.
Storm had been performing for WWE since 2017, making her way to the main roster in July 2021 and she had just finished a feud with Charlotte Flair over the SmackDown Women's Championship when she quit the organisation.
Speaking about her WWE exit on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Storm revealed she decided to quit the company because she hadn't enjoyed professional wrestling "for so long."
"When I went from NXT to SmackDown. My main goal in wrestling was to be on Raw or SmackDown, main roster, WWE TV. I got there and figured it out pretty soon. I realised this is just not going to work out. Also, I'm 26. I want to have a really good time at this job. I want to have a really good career and I want to enjoy part of it. I just wasn't enjoying it for so long and I abruptly quit. I woke up that morning having no idea that I was going to quit by that night," Storm began.
"It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. A lot of people don't enjoy it at all. For some people it just works out and for others, it just makes them miserable, and I guess I just fell into that category. I guess it just wasn't for me at that point. Let's face it. They just fire people left, right, and centre out of the blue. I could be fired next week and then it's like, what's the point? It just got very pointless to be honest. It's been hard to convey that, especially to fans, especially to people that just aren't in this business, and they'll never understand. I must sound ridiculous to those people, but it's the reality of what it's actually like," she continued.
"I'm not mad about the booking. I certainly don't want to bury it. I don't want to say bad things about the place. I think I had a great time there for the most part. There were times I had very great memories. It made me who I am. I feel like I grew up with them. I did the first Mae Young Classic. I did the second one. Immediately following that, NXT UK. Eventually I worked my way up to going over to NXT. I got to do the Royal Rumble and Survivor Series randomly. I'm lucky that I got to experience all of this. I got to work with some amazing coaches.
"I'm not mad. I'm not angry at WWE. I don't have anything against them. I'm sure they got bigger fish to fry than me. You know what I mean? Like, why do they care? People get let go from that place constantly. People move around constantly. It doesn't matter if I'm there, but what matters is I'm not having a very good time, and why shouldn't I be having a good time?" Storm added.
Storm then revealed what she thought on the day she decided to quit WWE.
"They don't give a shit so why should I? This isn't going to work. I know what's going to happen here. I'm just going to be sent back to catering again. I'm not going to succeed here. I can just see. I know that they see me as a kid and I'm such a newbie, but I'd like to think that I've been around wrestling long enough to know what's right and what's wrong for me, and what I like and what I don't like, and I just didn't like it. I thought my whole purpose in life was to go to WWE, but then over time I realised it's just pro wrestling that I love. It's not a company that I love. I just love pro wrestling," Storm stated.
Since her release, the former NXT UK Women's Champion has signed with All Elite Wrestling, debuting in Tony Khan's promotion back in March. She made it to the Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament semifinal before losing to Britt Baker.
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