GFW’s James Storm explains why he left NXT, original pitch for the DCC faction

GFW’s James Storm spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News and was asked why he left WWE’s NXT promotion. “With the schedule of NXT and he was telling me we’re going to try and run 100-120 shows from here on out throughout the year and stuff,” Storm said. “It’s all great and everything but where I was, personally, in my life, I couldn’t be on the road that much because I had some family problems, my wife wanted to have another kid. So, it was one of those things where it wasn’t the right timing for me. Hunter (Paul Levesque) straight up told me, ‘Go get your life together. This is my number. Maybe in two years, we can do business again.'”

Storm also said that the DCC faction did not play out as he first pitched it. “I had this planned out for this past Slammiversary,” said Storm. “We have our match and then EC3 comes in and tries to screw me by hitting me with a beer bottle. One, two, and I kick out. Then Bram and Kingston come down, beat up EC3 a little bit and they fight out and the fourth member comes out, takes off the mask and it’s Jarrett and he hits Lashley with the guitar and then I pin Lashley.” Read the full interview at

Powell’s POV: Book yourself as World Champion and align yourself with the guy who now runs the company? Well, you can’t blame him for trying. It will be interesting to see where Storm ends up once his deal expires. He’s 40 now and is doing good work for GFW, but there’s no telling whether WWE will be open to bringing in another north of 40 veteran for developmental. That said, there’s no reason why they couldn’t put Storm on the main roster either. Storm was very open in this interview and also discussed the GFW Hall of Fame and the belief that he was going to be this year’s recipient, wishing his match had more time at Slammiversary, and more.



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