Toni Storm requested her release from WWE following a live event in late December, which the company granted. Once her 90-day non-compete clause expired, Storm signed with AEW
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Storm opened up about her decision to leave WWE. She noted that when she left, she wasn’t banking on going anywhere else and left suddenly and wasn't prepared for life outside of that at all. Storm is thankful Tony Khan reached out to her and gave her a job for a second chance.
"I'm not saying that I have a problem with WWE at all, I'm actually really grateful for the time that I got to have there," Storm said. "I learned so much and you know what? It was so cool, it was real and it was cool but in the end, it wasn't real cool. Something just happened and I left. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience, to be honest. Have you ever just lost your mind? That's kind of what happened. The stress of not seeing family in years and then just so many overwhelming things all at once. I've been happier ever since."
She guesses she just freaked out and went home. Prior to her departure, she was part of a program with SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
"There was just a moment where I realized it wasn't for me and as much as I might have romanticized it as a child and thought that this is my dream and this is what I have to accomplish, I just realized maybe it's not. And maybe this isn't the place for me and who am I to take someone else's spot that actually really wants to be here? That's not fair. I just thought I'm still going to be a wrestler."
Storm noted there was no point in going further with WWE and she didn’t leave on bad terms, but it became abundantly clear that it just wasn't the place for her.
"It wasn't the place for me, it just wasn't. I really thought it was and I guess I romanticized it so much in my head, I thought this is where I've got to be and I guess I got there and it wasn't the same thing that I wanted. It just didn't sit right. There's so many reasons."
On March 30th, she made her AEW debut on Dynamite where she defeated The Bunny to qualify for the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament.
H/T to F4Wonline.com for the transcription