Back in 2015 James Storm had a cup of coffee with NXT leaving TNA for a few months. “Cowboy” was offered a contract with the WWE developmental system but opted to return to TNA where he got a two year deal worth at least $200,000 a year from then-President Dixie Carter. Storm has since become a free agent and is no longer with Impact since his contract has expired. Now fans are wondering if the former TNA champ will return to NXT.
Former TNA talent like Eric Young and Bobby Roode have flourished in NXT the past year. Roode became NXT champ after pinning Shinsuke Nakamura earlier this year and defeated him again in a rematch. Eric Young is one of the top guys in WWE developmental and in the leader of “Sanity” who will be featured in the main event of NXT Takeover this weekend in War Games. Storm could walk into a top spot in NXT if a deal can be made to bring him in.
Storm wrestled last night in Clarksville, TN and it’s not known whether he will be at Takeover tonight in Houston. Southwest flights are pretty cheap from Nashville to Houston so I imagine if Storm needed to be in Texas tonight for the show he could be there. Whether or not he has a no-compete clause in his TNA contract might be a sticking point if the WWE wanted him to show up tonight.
Another factor in a potential James Storm/NXT deal is Triple H. Storm turned down a deal two years ago to return to TNA due to family reasons. Storm has remarked that Triple H mentioned possibly doing business once his contract expired although “The Game” doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to forgive and forget. At 40 years of age Storm might not be a good fit for NXT/WWE. Bobby Roode and AJ Styles are both 40 as well but the WWE will likely make Storm pay his dues in NXT for a year or two since he isn’t a household name.
In Storm’s last stint in NXT the rumblings out of Orlando were that Storm would be used as an older hand to help teach younger wrestlers. Storm might a shot a being one of the top guys for Vince McMahon and decide to hit the independent scene like Cody Rhodes are go to New Japan. Storm isn’t a huge star but he has a lot of value to hardcore fans who follow indy wrestling.
If I had to bet on whether or not Storm will be in NXT, I think he will. But it won’t be tonight in Houston.