James Storm — Turned Down NXT Deal Due to Lack of Pay, TNA Offered Significantly More

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The best things in life may be free, but when you’ve got a family to feed MONEY TALKS — and that’s precisely why recent NXT wrestler James Storm re-signed with TNA before his surprise return.

As we previously reported, Storm was never locked down to a long term deal during his two appearances on WWE programming — and James’ former employer desperately wanted him back.

Sources close to the situation tell us after months of negotiations, WWE was only willing to offer him a deal that would bring Storm less than $100K a year. TNA, on the other hand, was offering 2 1/2 times more than that. Plus, he’d get a portion of merchandise sales for the 2-year contract.

Even better, we’re told his new deal would be guaranteed money — he’d still get paid in full even if TNA suddenly went out of business — and the door was left open by WWE officials for a future return.

Think he made the right decision? Let us know in the comments.

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10 Comments on "James Storm — Turned Down NXT Deal Due to Lack of Pay, TNA Offered Significantly More"

  1. Sounds like a sweet deal. The guaranteed money is key. Plus the door is still open with WWE. I say ✔️

  2. suck a dick you fucking spammer

  3. Filterdestrukt | January 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm | Reply

    Not bad for the short term, but he could be making10x that in two years. Wcw move

  4. That story is not true
    James was asked to appear at a raw taping and he chose not to take the offer cause he wanted to see the contract before it was offered to him at the show
    The night big show was insulting country music and Nashville then ryback made the save it was all written for him and said no then word got around about what a dick he was on the indies

  5. I have a couple of friends who run independent promotions and I’ve not heard that James Storm was a problem. Could you please let us know in what area he was supposed to be difficult to deal with. Also, if James Storm was offered something in the $100k range for NXT, that’s a darn good offer as many reports are that the average NXT wrestler is making in the $30k range, but, of course, there are exceptions.

  6. Prince Franco | January 8, 2016 at 3:07 am | Reply

    This Makes sense, But you have to think that long term it would have been a better move to go to the WWE. Still maybe in 2 years we could see him on RAW.

  7. Its to good of an opportunity but here’s the thing even though the door was left open for storm something tells me vince is not goibg to be happy with the decision

  8. I think he done the right thing by returning to tna if you have a family to take care of you go where you can make the most money

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