James Storm on What Triple H Told Him, Bobby Roode’s WWE NXT Success, Vince Russo Experience
James Storm recently spoke with USA Today’s For The Win blog to promote Sunday’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary pay-per-view.
His experience with Vince Russo:
My experience with him was always good. There were some things that we didn’t see eye-to-eye on with the creative stuff, but I’m not the writer, I’m the wrestler. At the end of the day, I have to do what the writer tells me to do. But I give Russo a lot of credit because he was the one who let me start talking freely with my character in my promos.
“They were writing everything for me and I would say to them, ‘Man, I wouldn’t say this like this.’ If you want me to be me and be an authentic cowboy character you need me to speak the way I would speak. He said, ‘Go ahead. If it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to my way.” I said, ‘Sounds good.’ And ever since then I’ve been able to speak freely and go out and do my thing.
His time with WWE NXT and what Triple H told him:
Everything is about timing. I didn’t think it was the right time. I was treated with respect when I went down there, Hunter (WWE executive vice president Paul ‘Triple’ Levesque and I talked about things. He just said, ‘At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. If things don’t work out, you have my number. Give me a call.’ It was great for him to say that to me. At the time, I don’t think I was ready for it with some stuff with my family life and my personal life to take care of. He understood that. It had nothing to do with wrestling. But never say never is the wrestlers’ motto that we live by. If it presented itself, I would talk it over my family again and see what we could do.
NXT Champion Bobby Roode’s success:
I think it’s great. I hear people say, ‘You must be jealous of him,’ No, I’m not jealous. I’m happy for him. If anyone knows Bobby – and I know his work ethic pretty good — you can give that guy anything to go run with it and he’s make it great. Same thing with Eric Young (also in NXT). That’s what Bobby and EY have done with their time down there.