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Backstage update on why Toni Storm decided to leave WWE

On this morning’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the Toni Storm situation with Bryan Alvarez. As previously noted, Storm flew herself home on Wednesday morning after Tuesday night’s house show in Washington, DC. Storm was scheduled to be at the show in Baltimore. Meltzer said that he heard that “burnout” was a reason why she wanted out of the company.

“As far as her reasons and why she left, the only thing I heard was burnout essentially,” Meltzer said. “I heard from some people there. [It was] kind of the feeling if you watch the buildup of her in the Charlotte Flair feud and you’re probably if you were her, and you think about your job as opposed to just doing your job, you probably ask a lot of questions like, why did I get a pie thrown in my face twice when I’m the babyface. Even though she did get the revenge, why when you’re building up the big match do I get my ass kicked and win by disqualification. Why did I not win that match? The one thing with WWE is they are about feeding their top stars. They have their protective stars…”

Meltzer said that the feud was all about building Charlotte Flair and they tend to do more to protect them sometimes and that is what happened. Meltzer added that the way she was booked “could be part of it, perhaps she’ll say something. There’s probably a 90-day compete involved under any circumstance.”

Meltzer said he’s trying to find out more but “she’s gone, out of nowhere.”

WWE typically does not grant releases immediately so it is interesting to see them quickly grant Storm’s release. It’s unclear if this was a conditional release that will prevent her from signing with another major company after 90 days.

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