Former Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion James Storm recently spoke with USA Today Sports to promote the upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view event on July 2nd in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios. He will be taking on EC3 in a Strap Match at the event. During the interview, he was asked about possibly being inducted into Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame this year.
“I think everybody jumped the gun on it. … I really wouldn’t want to go into the Hall of Fame because I’m still wrestling. To me, if you go into the Hall of Fame, it means you’re winding down or out of the business, and I don’t plan on doing either one. It was giving my point of view on the Hall of Fame, not saying that I’m being inducted into it. It would be a slap in the face if they announced it on Facebook and not on their TV program like they have everyone else.”
If you recall, Storm had a brief run in WWE NXT in October of 2015. He last appeared on the television program in December. It was reported that same month that Storm opted not to sign with NXT and return to Impact Wrestling instead. When asked about his time in the developmental brand, he said that everything is about timing and he doesn’t think it was the right time.
“I was treated with respect when I went down there, Hunter (WWE executive vice president Paul ‘Triple’ Levesque and I talked about things. He just said, ‘At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. If things don’t work out, you have my number. Give me a call.’ It was great for him to say that to me. At the time, I don’t think I was ready for it with some stuff with my family life and my personal life to take care of. He understood that. It had nothing to do with wrestling. But never say never is the wrestlers’ motto that we live by. If it presented itself, I would talk it over my family again and see what we could do.”
Storm also discussed his strap match at Slammiversary against EC3, Bobby Roode’s current success and more. You can read the entire interview here.