Toni Storm recently visited Busted Open Radio, where she got the opportunity to reveal why she ultimately left WWE.
“I guess I just freaked out and went home.” “I went two and a half years without going home at all and that’s after a life of like – well, about seven years of being on the road.” “Like, I left for England. About seven or eight years had passed and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ And then take into account the amount of negativity that you hear about WWE and then add that on top of it.”
“And I’m not saying that I had a problem with WWE at all. I’m actually really grateful for the time that I got to have there. I learned so much. And you know what? It was so cool. It was real and it was cool. But in the end, it wasn’t real cool. And something just happened and I left. And it felt – I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience, to be honest.”
“I just kinda – you know, have you ever lost it? Have you ever just lost your mind? That’s kinda what happened, I guess. The stress of not seeing family in years and then just so many overwhelming things all at once and uh, yeah. I’ve been happier ever since.”
“There was just a moment where I realized it wasn’t for me, and as much as I might have romanticized it as a child and thought that this is my dream and this is what I have to accomplish, I just realized that maybe it’s not and maybe, this isn’t the place for me and who am I to take someone else’s spot that actually really wants to be here. That’s not fair and I just thought I’m still going to be a wrestler.”
“It wasn’t the place for me, it just wasn’t. I really thought it was and I guess I romanticized it so much in my head and I thought this is where I’ve got to be and I guess I got there and it wasn’t the same thing that I wanted, it just didn’t sit right, there’s so many reasons.”
Toni Storm also spoke about how when she was in WWE, she had no intentions of going anywhere else. However, despite that, she saiys she feels like AEW gave her a second chance at a wrestling career.
“I felt really overwhelmed in that moment.” “I was excited and really happy because I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at my career and it’s not all over. When I left WWE I wasn’t banking on going anywhere else.”
Toni mentioned how she was lacking motivation during her NXT run, and has now revamped her diet and training.
“I’ve been going pretty hard for about a year.” “I feel during my time in NXT and after the pandemic, I was feeling a bit slow, lacking motivation a bit, but I pushed through. But just in the last year, I’ve managed to get my diet and training down. I don’t know. I guess I’m growing up. I’m coming out of my early 20’s and I’m, like, being careful and I’m being better.”
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