Ric Flair on Toni Storm: “I’ve Done a Little Homework on Her”

Published 12/30/2021, 9:00 AM EST
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Rick Flair during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)


WWE released Toni Storm yesterday due to unknown reasons.  Sean Ross of Fightful confirmed the heartbreaking news on his Twitter. No details have emerged as to why she was released. But Storm asked for her release from the company. WWE granted that without any delay.

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According to PWInsider, Toni flew home from Baltimore, where she was scheduled for a WWE live event match. No one from the roster knew that she would be leaving.

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Toni Storm was involved in a WWE SmackDown championship match with Charlotte Flair. On the Christmas episode of SmackDown, Flair retained her title against Storm. A rematch was in the books, but Storm left before that could even happen.

Toni Storm started working for WWE in 2017. She competed in the Mae Young Classic that year and later won the 2018 edition back at Evolution.

She became the NXT UK Women’s Champion, and WWE called her up to the NXT in 2020. After a year, she was drafted to SmackDown as the newest female talent.

Toni was on a path to become a huge face on SmackDown and possibly even champion in WWE.

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Ric Flair speaks on Toni Storm.

Ric Flair expressed his thoughts on Toni on his podcast, ‘Wooooo Nation UNCENSORED.’ Mark Madden, the host, asked Flair the question since Storm was involved in a feud with Charlotte.

Flair called her really good, to which Mark asked what he liked about Toni.

“Well, I like her look. And you know, I’ve done a little homework on her. I think that she caught the attention of a lot of people at that all woman’s pay per view in 2017.”

“If I’m not mistaken, and she’s got a good look. And she’s athletic. She carried herself professionally. I like her a lot.” Ric said.

Mark also praised Storm and said, “You look at her, and she looks like she belongs. She walks the walk. She’s a little green on promos. But you can tell she’ll get better.”

To that, Flair said that if Storm got more time and experience, she could have become a star.

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“Once again, it’s attributed to lack of time, and lack of experience, and not having wrestled.”

“It takes a lot of time and a lot of practice and takes multiple matches with different people to do love to raise the level of skills, but for the time she’s been in the business, what I see, I think she fits in.”

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Also, Flair said that Storm would become a huge superstar in the future.

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Avani Mishra

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Avani Mishra is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Avani has been a WWE fan since 2008. Her all-time favorite wrestler is John Cena, who is the first wrestler she ever saw on TV.

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