James Storm was recently interviewed by Brian Fritz at The Sporting News and talked about a variety of GFW/TNA subjects. Here are some of the highlights:
The company’s name change to GFW:
“I don’t think I’ve gotten used to it yet. I still call it TNA Wrestling or Impact Wrestling. I haven’t gotten used to the Global Force part of it yet.”
Jeff Jarrett’s return to the company:
“You never say never in wrestling but knowing Jeff, he’s been in wrestling forever. His family has always been there with the Memphis wrestling. Even if it wasn’t coming back to Impact Wrestling, it was just a matter of time before he made GFW work … just because that’s the kind of guy he is. He’ll make it work somehow no matter what. To see him back in Impact, yeah, it was a surprise for myself.”
Doing whatever is asked of him by management:
“Now in my career, it doesn’t matter to me who is running what because I’m the guy now, I show up and do what’s asked of me. I don’t try to argue why and stuff. I know my role. To me, it’s a physical play — professional wrestling. I didn’t sign up to be the writer. I signed up to be the wrestler. Whatever the writer wants me to do now, I don’t show up and try to b— and say ‘I want to do this’ or ‘My character wouldn’t do that’. That’s not what I signed up for. I signed up to go out and do what they asked me to do and that’s what I do now.”
His Slammiversary match with EC III:
“I wish we had more time to tell a better story and beat the hell out of each other a lot more. You know, that’s not up to us. The story that we told in the ring, I thought, was pretty good but overall I thought we could have done a better job of telling the overall story better in the short time that we had in the two, two-and-a-half months.”
Why he left NXT:
“With the schedule of NXT and he was telling me we’re going to try and run 100-120 shows from here on out throughout the year and stuff. It’s all great and everything but where I was, personally, in my life, I couldn’t be on the road that much because I had some family problems, my wife wanted to have another kid. So, it was one of those things where it wasn’t the right timing for me.
“Hunter straight up told me, ‘Go get your life together. This is my number. Maybe in two years, we can do business again.’”
Why the DCC didn’t work:
“There’s a lot of reasons (it didn’t work), but the No. 1 reason that I want to stay is because it wasn’t done the way that I had pitched it and wanted it to be.”
For the full interview with James Storm, check out The Sporting News.
Also, check out Storm’s picks for the TNA/GFW Hall of Fame.