Toni Storm requested her release from WWE following a live event in Washington, D.C in late December, which the company granted. After working her way through NXT UK and NXT, she was moved to the main roster last July for the SmackDown brand. She had been involved in a program with SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair right before she wanted to leave the company.
Once her 90-day non-compete clause expired, Storm signed with AEW as she made her debut on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite where she defeated The Bunny to qualify for the Owen Hart Women's Tournament.
During the latest AEW Road To, Storm commented on her in-ring return and noted that she planned on retiring from wrestling before going to AEW.
"Recently, I planned on retiring from the wrestling industry, which is something I have never considered in my entire life. I've put my entire life into becoming the best professional wrestler I could be. And I lost that part of myself and it brought on a lot of feelings of emptiness and sadness that I can't even describe. I traveled the entire world to be good at this. Just like Owen Hart did.
AEW is home to the best women's division on the planet. I just qualified for the Owen Hart Women's Tournament. And for the first time ever, I can truly say that I am home.”
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