Long-time Impact Wrestling star James Storm finally spoke about his departure from the promotion, giving fans a reason for his leave.
He announced his departure from the company on Nov. 9, 2017, though reasons why were originally made unclear. Storm shared this statement on his official Twitter page.
Storm originally joined TNA in 2002, and would stay there until 2015 before wrestling for other promotions. He turned to Impact Wrestling in 2016, reforming The Beer Money alliance with Bobby Roode. The latter would then leave for NXT, and Storm would spend another year with Impact before leaving.
But Storm finally gave details about his departure, and why he chose to move on. Appearing on Cerrito Live, Storm opened about the end of his run with the company:
"It actually hasn't [become] official for me, but, yes, I have left Impact Wrestling and it's just one of those things where it just kind of felt like I did everything I can do with that company and the landscape of it has changed from the time I was there."
Storm thanked Dixie Carter, Jeff Jarrett, and Bob Ryder for helping up his character, and "there might not be an AJ styles" without them. Storm, also said that he wants to spend time with his wife and kids, while giving his body a rest before he goes back to wrestling.
Storm's loss is undoubtedly a tough one for Impact, who have seen the likes of Styles, Roode, Rockstar Spud, Mike and Maria Kanellis, and The Hardy Boyz leave the promotion before joining the WWE. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion also captured seven World Tag Team titles, five of them coming with Roode.
With Jeff Jarrett no longer running Impact Wrestling, the company has seen drastic changes—namely to its roster. Only so many big-named stars remain with the company, but we'll see if Impact can find a way to offset the loss of Storm, who was one of their top main event draws for a decade.