The departures of Impact Wrestling superstars have continued. Two weeks ago, it was Rockstar Spud following a paperwork issue. This time, James Storm is now out of Impact Wrestling after losing a career-threatening match on Thursday’s tapings, according to Ryan Clark of eWrestlingNews.com.
Storm confirmed his departure on Twitter.
— James Storm (@JamesStormBrand) November 10, 2017
eWrestlingNews.com also reported that Storm’s contract was up in January, so his departure from the company doesn’t come as a surprise.
Storm got his career started with WCW in 2000, though he joined at a time when the company was beginning to fall apart. After just one year in Ted Turner’s company, Storm moved over to TNA, where he would work from 2002 to 2015. Storm then spent short amount time in both New Japan Pro Wrestling and NXT but chose to return to TNA/Impact after a short absence.
So, James Storm’s time at Impact comes to an end, and there shouldn’t be any doubting that he’s a future TNA Hall of Famer. He held the TNA World Championship and King of the Mountain Championship once won seven TNA World Tag Team Championships and two World Beer Drinking titles.
In 2005, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named him and Chris Harris as the Tag Team of the Year, as the America’s Most Wanted duo captured six championships together. Indeed, this is a big loss for Impact Wrestling, even if it was their call to part ways with Storm.
Last week, Impact also moved on from other talents in Marshe Rockett, Taryn Terrell, and MJ Jenkins. The house cleaning has begun ever since Impact formally announced the end of their partnership with Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling. At the end of the day, it’s a business, and nobody is safe anymore.
With WWE signing former Impact talents in AJ Styles, the Hardy brothers, Bobby Roode and Rockstar Spud, it’ll be interesting to see if they decide to pick up Storm as well.
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