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 is one of the good guys and it's nice to see the WWE realize that and give him a training job.
He's trained with the Harts and done some training himself. He's wrestled all over the world in many different styles. He's an excellent role model for up-and-coming wrestlers on how you can be clean and still have a good career in the business.
Lance gets to rest his back, spend a lot more time with his young family, travel less, and still be around the wrestling business, seems like a sweet deal to me.
I guess on one hand if Lance was doing as bad physically as he said (in constant pain after most matches, can't take certain bumps) then I guess we should be happy for him that he's able to get out and move into a good job.
The flip side of that coin, though, is that the commentary really sounds like this is almost being forced on him by the fact that he just can't get a break as an in-ring performer, and that really sucks. To think that a guy as good as Lance Storm is more or less being forced out, frankly, it's sad. A guy like Lance has earned the right to go out on better terms than this. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way.
Wish I'd seen Heat...
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Wow ... while I hate to see Lance hang it up, but I'm happy that it appears that he's doing it on his own terms. He realizes that he can't have the caliber of matches he used to due to nagging injuries ... it's good that he can pass on his knowledge of the business to others ...
I see no downside to this. Lance wasn't getting TV time, and he had been floundering for a while, so why not give him a tranier's position? Plus, with his back problems, it sounded like the time off has done him well. I'd like to see him as an agent someday.
Too bad, but it sounds like this will be better for the guy's long-term health. He will probably be a natural for a trainer, as an old-fashioned guy who'll hopefully instill some of his selflessness in the tatooed OVW behemoths.
Maybe he decided to call it a career after the "boring" angle didn't get over. Hopefully he won't be remembered primarily for that.
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Well, then, before it becomes cliche, allow me to simply say that my absolute favorite Lance Storm memories are of his early arrival to WCW, right at the beginning of the entire "Team Canada" storyline (before Hacksaw... before Major Gunns... before anyone, really). I thought Lance was going to be huge, and even marked out the night in Cincy when he took on Booker T to get THAT strap, too... unfortunately they didn't put that belt on him. That run was great, in my opinion.
Originally posted by GRLWell, then, before it becomes cliche, allow me to simply say that my absolute favorite Lance Storm memories are of his early arrival to WCW, right at the beginning of the entire "Team Canada" storyline (before Hacksaw... before Major Gunns... before anyone, really). I thought Lance was going to be huge, and even marked out the night in Cincy when he took on Booker T to get THAT strap, too... unfortunately they didn't put that belt on him. That run was great, in my opinion.
Yep, that was a solid, solid run he had. Liked it better than anything he did in ECW and it was a rare case where WCW definitely used someone better than the WWF/WWE.
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I always said that something as simple as that in WWE would have worked just as well. The "I'm boring, but this is wrestling and I'm a wrestler" angle would have worked if only they had let him win some matches and given people a reason to care. That's what worked so well in WCW; they played up the fact that he was boring, but because he kept on winning it gave people a reason to want to see him lose.
Sad to see Lance go. Even sadder that 2 very good in ring wrestlers (Storm and Malenko), an excellent brawler (Finlay) and one of the greatest ever on the mic (Double A) are road agents and not on TV for us to enjoy any longer.
WooHoo, the wrestling dead pool is back in business.
I was just about to start a "Did you see Lance Storm on Heat?" thread when I saw this. He looked absolutely giddy to be performing in Calgary. He was all smiles and ran to the ring. His match with Stevie Richards was quite entertaining as well. You could tell something special was going on, because this wasn't the Lance Storm we've all seen for years. It's too bad nothing really "stuck" gimmick-wise in the WWE for him, hopefully he keeps updating his site and chatting with the fans.
I agree with everything people have said here. Storm was a good wrestler (His mic skills arguably weren't the best, but neither are Benoit's and look at him)and it's sad that people won't see him in the ring again. However, I'm sure he will do good job as an agent (Which is nice for his family aswell). Good luck to him I say.
I thought Lance could of been a high midcarder if they gave him a direction. He had nothing to do except wrestle on Heat so that they wouldnt have to put any thought into his charactrer. Dean Milenko had no "charisma" either and he still got over in WCW.
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As a long time StormTrooper, it is kinda sad to hear that we probably won't see Lance active in the ring again (but never say never). At the same time, you've gotta be happy if he's happy. There aren't so many guys out there who express their love for the business as much as Lance. He really does bleed the sport. From reading his commentaries over the years, he definitely knows his stuff and there's no better person out there who should be sharing his knowledge than Lance.
I'm pissed I missed Heat, but maybe i'll find a vid online. I love/respect Stevie even more for offering to step up and take the 1-2-3 for Lance.
At least his sister Victoria will carry on his legacy.
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It's a shame, but at least he is going to remain an active part of the business. I never saw Storm before he came to the WWE, but I thought he mixed excellent technical skills with a kind of unlikely charisma - no-one else could say something like "If you want bells and whistles, I suggest you go visit the circus" in such a genuinely serious way with it still being hilarious.
If he's going to train people in OVW, does that mean that he's going to turn Matt Morgan into the next Chris Benoit?
I'll be curious to see if they use Lance on the OVW show, as they have typically built a storyline about trainers coming in to work with the kids that are known by the audience. (Even Rocky Johnson was having a storyline built around him for the VERY BRIEF period he was at OVW as a trainer.) If Storm feels he doesn't have anything to prove by getting involved in front of the cameras, maybe it won't happen at all, but I still wouldn't be surprised to see him showing up at some point early in his stay here in Louisville.
Now Lance worked for Cornette at one time early on in his career, so I wonder if he seems this as "coming home" in a way.
I think he'll make for a great trainer with the guys. Glad to see him doing something that he'll love instead of something that he feels he stuck with.
If I see him wandering around at any of the OVW shows, I'll try to mention it here in the group.
Well this sucks. I always liked Lance Storm, I always thought that he was incredibly underatted in WWE. I wouldve loved to see at least a 5-10 minute match with either him and Flair or he and Benoit, and I got niether.
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