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Lance Storm Retires?


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April 26, 2004

 

Last Monday night in Calgary was a monumental evening for me. For those of you with terrible short-term memory, last Monday night was RAW live in Calgary. I’ve done 3 TV events in Calgary, the first was my WWE debut with the first Invasion RUN-IN, the second I was not given a match, and this third time I had a match and I am both happy, and sad to tell you that it may have been my last. WHAT? Let’s start with, No I have not been fired, and No I am not quitting the business. I am, if I can borrow an expression from good old Vinny Mac, moving onwards and upwards.

 

A lot of you have been wondering why I have been completely of the road and television the past few weeks; well this is your answer. I have been talking with the office about taking my career in a new direction for some time now. This actually dates back to before WrestleMania. I have been dissatisfied with my in ring career for quite a while. I have been lost in the quagmire for the better part of the year, with no direction, no focus, and quite frankly no forward motion. This isn’t anyone’s fault so much as it is a compilation of several factors. I have always wanted to be an important part of the product and I had come to the point where I was feeling that I could contribute more outside the ring than I have been inside it.

 

With the encouragement and support of Dave Finlay (WWE road agent and the man I respect most in this business) I started looking into the possibility of becoming a road agent. I’ve always thought I would be good at, and enjoy being an agent, when it came time to hang up my boots and I was to the point where the idea of hanging them up was not looking all that unfavourable to me. I’ve mentioned my back troubles to you in the past and I have always played down the pain and discomfort I am in. The truth is my back has been quite bad and it was making my decision much easier. I have 4 bulging discs in my lower lumbar and a chronic problem with my sciatic nerve. It has gotten to the point where there a certain bumps I won’t take and I am limping and in great pain after most matches, I have even had my legs go numb on me on a few occasions. It is a condition that with proper time off and rehab I could likely work through, but with the way everything else was going I started to look at alternatives, like the agent job.

 

When I first breached the topic of the agent gig with the office they were a little hesitant yet receptive. I think they felt I could be an asset as an agent but thought the transition from “locker room” to “office” would be a bit too quick. They then asked if I would be interested in opportunity to pass on my knowledge as a trainer in OVW (Our developmental territory). This caught my interest, as teaching was another avenue I’ve thought about for when I’m done wrestling. I was predominately working with guys recently brought up from OVW anyway, and this was a chance to get at them even earlier and maybe even make a difference. The office and I have been discussing terms for the Training position for the past few weeks, which is why I’ve been sitting home. There was no point giving my character any direction if I wasn’t going to be wrestling much longer and to be honest the time off has done wonders for my back. It hasn’t felt this good in over a year. Last Monday night in Calgary we came to an agreement for the Trainer position, which I am quite excited about, and they were nice enough to give me a match in Calgary so I could have fun and wrestle at home. So it was last Monday that my career came full circle. I was trained in Calgary and my WWE debut was at the Saddle Dome here and what will be my last match, at least for a while, (never say never) was in the Saddle Dome in Calgary as well. I hope everyone caught Heat on Sunday because that’s when my last match aired.

 

It was a real emotional time for me Monday night. The prospect of this being my last match weighed on me heavily. I was originally wrestling a local kid (I think the office figured why beat a regular guy with a someone who won’t be on TV again) but Steven Richards asked if they could switch our matches so he could work with me. I would have liked to have an amazing match for my last outing but I was a professional to the end and did my job. Stevie and I had a good 6-minute match for HEAT (going all out with countless near falls would have been out of place, in my opinion, and I’ve never been one to do a match just for my own purposes) and I had the time of my life. If this match is going to be my last I’m so glad it happened in Calgary. I am proud to be one of a long line of great (if you’ll indulge my ego one last time) workers to come out of Calgary, and the support I received that night from the crowd was unbelievable. I love you all and can’t thank you enough for making possibly my last night one to remember. I managed to get my “Tribute to Owen” flip in as well as my Davey Boy suplex, and if Benoit wasn’t’ on the card I would have even worked in a Sharp Shooter. My post match celebration was very emotional, if the cameras hadn’t cut so quickly you may have even spotted a tear in my eye.

 

Part of me hopes there is another chapter to be written in my “in ring” wrestling career, but part of my wants it to end as it did in Calgary…Alberta, Canada, in front of my family, my friends, and my city. Either way I hope you guys stick with me on my site because I’m going to keep this site going as long as my “Stormtroopers” keep stopping by. I am still going to be a part of this business and I am confident (cocky) enough to think an important part. If I can pass on my knowledge to the future of this business perhaps, I can still, indirectly, have a positive effect on your wrestling enjoyment. I start in OVW May 2nd, and if all goes well that will be my regular gig. The travel schedule and off time should work out very favourable for my family and I am excited about my future role in this business. I will likely do several “Looking back” commentaries over the next few weeks so be sure to look for those. All the best everyone, and thanks; I wouldn’t have been able to have almost 14 years of fun in the ring if all of you hadn’t showed up to watch. I am truly grateful.

 

Lance Evers

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At first, I wasn't happy. This is another case of WWE wasting the career of a phenominal wrestler who could hang with the best. WCW showed that Lance Storm was a huge asset, and every single title that he held, he did a brilliant job with it. If WCW had kept going for a few more months, it wouldn't have shocked me to see Lance moving up to being a main eventer, as he was really over with the crowd, his gimmick was working well and he was putting on superb matches left, right and centre (Including 3 excellent matches in the same night!). Everything looked good in his early WWE days. He was the first WCW worker to "invade" WWE and appear on Raw, he was given a good feud with Edge and Christian, then got the IC title. After that, it was all downhill. From being a jobber to the Godfather, to being made to look like crap against Goldberg, Lance was being wasted. A face turn and an almost entertaining team with Goldust was fairly enjoyable, but with Dustin fired he became wasted again, barely appearing on WWE TV. So yeah, it's another case of a fine wrestler not being used properly by WWE.

 

But then I got to thinking. If you read Lance's commentary, very little has to do with his wrestling career these days. It's all about his work training the females. It's clear to see that Lance likes this role, and if he's happy to become inactive, while still remaining on the payroll and having fun, then I'm pleased to see that his in ring days are over. At least we don't need to watch WWE ruin Lance Storm anymore, and seeing as how everyone is so keen on praise WWE's crappy women's division these days, it'll be nice to see Lance take some of the credit.

 

Thanks for the memories, Lance. Just remember to let Dave Finlay teach the girls how to swing a steel chair, that's the one thing you REALLY sucked at. :)

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It's a shame that he won't be on the telly any more - I thought he was a damn good wrestler. However, better for him to go now whilst there's not much for him to do, and whilst he's still in some kind of physical condition (although that back problem sounds real painful) which may allow for him to return later.
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Its a shame to see him go but he hasn't had anything to do now in almost a year, add to that the fact that he has 4 bluging disc's in his back and is in alot of pain then you realise that this is the best thing to do.

 

Good luck in the future Lance.

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I've always been a big fan of Storm ever since the first time I saw him back on ECW Barely Legal 97 against RVD. Even though his has quite possibly the WORST chair shot in the wrestling business, He was always a very good solid worker. WCW made the best of him by giving him a huge much deserved push and he got over huge by holding all those Titles in WCW and with the Anti-American gimmick he was constantly getting great heel heat.

 

Then he turned up in WWE...He started of well and did pretty well for himself with IC Title and Tag Title Reigns, Then the age old problem in WWE of Creative not being able to do anything with him, Then he retires.

 

It's seriously a time for a overhaul on the WWE Creative Team I think. At lot of good talent is either fired of they leave because these guys can't be bothered or even think of a storyline for them.

 

But either way, I hope he does well for himself on the training side of things. If thats what he wants to do.

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Oh dear,

If lance storm was any better perhaps i would miss him but hes hardly done anything for ages

Erm, Prof...that's why everyone else has said he was a misused talent. Storm is very gifted, but the WWE just cannot seem to utilise his talents.

 

Secondly, perhaps if you actually read the article Tajiri so kindly posted for us you will get an understanding of why he's hardly done anything for ages.

 

Cough!Cough!LanceStormIsInjuredCough!Cough!Cough!Splutter...

 

Cheers!

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  • 2 weeks later...

The following is an excerpt from Lance Storm's most recent online commentary from StormWrestling.com

 

"There are a few questions that came up in your letters too, which I will try to deal with this week. First and foremost everyone has been asking about the TNA rumours started by Dave Scherer. I know Dave, or at least did. I haven't talked to him a long time (He worked with ECW.COM) and trust me when I tell you he was just taking educated guesses and was speculating, which he pretty much stated himself. For those of you who missed his piece. Dave speculated that since many guys are sent to OVW before being let go that I could be being terminated and that I would not move to OVW and be away from my family. He then went on to say that TNA officials have claimed that you have not seen the last Lance Storm match. I guess I can't guarantee that WWE isn't planning to let me go, but I am certainly not under that impression. I was the one to initiate my stepping out of the ring, and I actually want to go to OVW, which in and of itself is different from all past cases. As for the road schedule, my wife and I actually worked this out. When the OVW gig was put on the table, my wife and I set up a schedule we could live with and thought WWE could live with and it is that schedule I am currently working under. I am basically doing 2 weeks in and 1 week out. I'm away roughly the same amount of days as before, but my days home are in bigger (more useful) chunks and with the way we have the weekends falling, I am actually home more weekends than I am away, which is HUGE. I have kids, one in grade two and the other in preschool. Having weekends off instead of weekdays, doubles my time with my kids, and will allow my wife and I do things with friends as a couple. Dave should have looked into how my OVW schedule was laying out before posting his piece. As for TNA and not seeing my last match. I did say "never say never", but I assure you I don't currently have any plans with or for TNA. If WWE were to release me that would certainly be an option I would look at but my focus is strictly OVW at this point. A lot of you also asked if I will be working on camera for OVW. I do not plan on working on camera, but this has never actually come up or been discussed. There is always that possibility but I wouldn't hold your breath."

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Lance Storm was a great talent who deserved much more from the WWE... Had the wrestling scene in the US kept going with a strong alternative I'm sure he would have thrived in there and been a main eventer...

He is just as solid as Jericho and Benoit but never got the fan fare because his few breaks came too late and it a shame the master of the mapleleaf is no longer active.

Remember one day though, the Storm warning may sound again!

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