James Storm was recently interviewed by USA Today and talked about a variety of subjects. Here are the highlights:
His thoughts on Dutch Mantell’s return to the promotion:
“I think it’s very good and I’m not just saying that because of the new ownership. I always felt Impact Wrestling was the best when you had Dutch and Jeff. Even when had the crazy ideas of Vince Russo there, you always had Jeff and Dutch to pull him back from certain ideas that he was trying to throw out.
They weren’t afraid to think outside of the bubble. People might label them as Southern wrestling stuff, but they were willing to listen to guys’ ideas and use them a lot of times. A lot of times people get in that position who wouldn’t use the guys’ ideas because it’s not their ideas. Because if it works then it might make look bad in certain people’s eyes. Jeff and Dutch aren’t afraid to listen to guys and that makes them feel good and try harder.”
His thoughts on working with Vince Russo:
“My experience with him was always good. There were some things that we didn’t see eye-to-eye on with the creative stuff, but I’m not the writer, I’m the wrestler. At the end of the day, I have to do what the writer tells me to do. But I give Russo a lot of credit because he was the one who let me start talking freely with my character in my promos.
They were writing everything for me and I would say to them, ‘Man, I wouldn’t say this like this.’ If you want me to be me and be an authentic cowboy character you need me to speak the way I would speak. He said, ‘Go ahead. If it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to my way.” I said, ‘Sounds good.’ And ever since then I’ve been able to speak freely and go out and do my thing.”
Why he left NXT:
“Everything is about timing. I didn’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.”
Where his catchphrase came from:
“It came from my mom. She used to say that to me all the time. If I’d want something, she would say, ‘Sorry about your luck.’ Over the years, as I got older, she threw in the damn, around once I was about 15. When I started wrestling, they were like, ‘You need a catch phrase.’ I was like, ‘Alright I’m going to take that one.’ Hopefully, my mom don’t want any money from me. (laughs)”
For the full interview with James Storm, check out USA Today.
Also, check out who Storm would like to see go into the Impact/GFW Hall of Fame.