Following reports that Toni Storm has parted ways with WWE, it has now been claimed that she “quit” the company and paid for her own ticket home after a live event.
Prior to joining WWE in 2017, Toni Storm made her name in companies such as Progress in the UK and Stardom in Japan. The 26-year-old competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, reaching the semi-finals before being defeated by eventual tournament winner Kairi Sane.
The following year, she entered the tournament once again, this time reaching the final on the all-female WWE Evolution event where she defeated Io Shirai to claim the trophy.
Storm then made her home in NXT UK, where she captured the Women’s Championship from Rhea Ripley in January 2019 at TakeOver: Blackpool. She held the title until August when Kay Lee Ray beat her for the title at TakeOver: Cardiff.
In July 2021, Storm moved to the main WWE roster when she debuted on SmackDown. She was most recently seen competing against Charlotte Flair in an unsuccessful attempt to capture the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the Christmas Eve edition of the blue brand.
Those that I spoke to within WWE believe Toni Storm asked for her release from the company, though I'm also making an effort to reach out to those close to her. The memo that went out did not list budget cuts as the reason, as has been tradition of late.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 29, 2021
It was later reported on Fightful Select that Storm had flown herself home after a live event where she wrestled in a Triple Threat match against Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair. That report also said that the company was “blindsided” by the departure.
“Turns out, Toni didn’t exactly request her release… she just up and quit. Worked a triple threat at a house show last night and then paid out of her own pocket to fly herself home.”
“She straight up flew herself home after working the triple threat last night and quit. Took everyone by surprise.”