Toni Storm Released from WWE Contract; Had Title Match vs. Charlotte Flair Last Week.. WWE has released former NXT UK women’s champion Toni Storm, according to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp.
The move comes less than a week after Storm unsuccessfully challenged Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women’s title on Christmas Eve.
Wednesday’s news comes as a bit of a shock given Storm’s age (26) and the promise she showed during her NXT UK run. The New Zealand native seemed to be a long-term piece of the women’s division.
Prior to capturing the NXT UK women’s title, she won the Mae Young Classic in 2018 after beating Io Shirai at the Evolution pay-per-view.
Speaking with Ryan Satin on his Out of Character podcast (via Anutosh Bajpai of SEScoops), Storm recounted a night backstage when she had grown a bit anxious by her lack of progress on the main roster:
“It’s the worst cause you just don’t know. Obviously, wrestling [can be] so unpredictable. Next week you could be main eventing and winning a title and everything could be happening or nothing. You don’t know. This is show business at the end of the day. It’s a topsy turvy industry.”