Toni Storm has reportedly parted ways with WWE following a three-year stint with the company.
According to Fighful’s Sean Ross Sapp, sources within WWE believe that Storm was granted her release following a request. Sapp also reports that a company memo did not mention budget cuts, which adds to the likelihood that Toni’s release was granted via mutual consent.
It appears the Australian star was not released, nor did she request to be released. According to Bodyslam.net, a source close to the situation revealed Storm just “up and quit”. In fact, she boarded a plane home, which she paid for herself, right after competing in a triple threat match at a live event. “Worked a triple threat at a house show last night and then paid out of her own pocket to fly herself home.”
Although WWE hasn’t officially broken the news that Storm is gone, it’s believed the company is treating it like a release simply because that has become the norm this year. It’s also believed Storm will still have to wait 90 days before she is allowed to wrestle elsewhere. Since the alleged reason she decided to walk out of WWE is due to burnout, the former NXT UK Women’s Champion will likely welcome the opportunity to stay at home for a while.
On top of the information alleging Storm quit WWE out of the blue and jumped on a plane, an unnamed female WWE Superstar also shed some light on the situation. “t’s f*cking wild. She’s just gone. Didn’t really tell anyone,” the wrestler said. A third source said that Storm deciding to depart the company in this way took everyone by surprise, and clearly blindsided Storm’s now-former employers in the process.
It seems as if the want to leave WWE may have come as a surprise to Storm herself as well as everyone else.
Just last week, Storm went one-on-one with Charlotte Flair for Flair’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. The previous week, Storm scored a pinfall victory over Flair in a tag match that featured Sasha Banks as Storm’s partner and Shotzi Blackheart as Flair’s.
Outside of the ring, Storm is engaged to New Japan Pro Wrestling star Juice Robinson. The couple announced their engagement back in October. Robinson and Storm’s relationship status was confirmed in the summer of 2020. The Mae Young Classic winner revealed that the two of them had been seeing each other for a while after Bea Priestley, who is now NXT UK’s Blair Davenport, posted photos of the two of them together on social media. Storm and Davenport are close friends.