James Storm would have an impact with both AEW or WWE

Nick Aldis and James Storm face off as Eli Drake and Colt Cabana look on during the Oct. 29, 2019 edition of NWA POWERRR. Photo: NWA on YouTube/screenshot
Nick Aldis and James Storm face off as Eli Drake and Colt Cabana look on during the Oct. 29, 2019 edition of NWA POWERRR. Photo: NWA on YouTube/screenshot /

James Storm is a free agent and would have an immeidate impact in both All Elite Wrestling and the WWE.

COVID-era professional wrestling has created a world where everything is no-longer predictable. With so many organizations forced to close their doors or waiting to hold shows, there is several individuals who are in positions where they are becoming free agents. According to FightFul Select, this week a big-name performer saw their contract expire, meaning they are open to test the free agency waters. That individual is James Storm and a name that big should have several options.

Storm does not need an introduction. While he may be best-known as a tag team specialist, as he is held double-digit tag titles throughout his career, he is also an accomplished singles performer. He is held titles across some of the biggest promotions in the industry, but recently the biggest question has been where he will make his long-term home. Now that he is a free agent, he would fit into either AEW or WWE, becoming a central character if used correctly.

One would think that pairing him with Bobby Roode is the best move to make but look at how WWE treats the tag team division. While he and Roode would immediately be shot to the top of the division, there is not much of a division to even discuss, which would make this a waste of the talent that Storm has to offer.

Instead, imagine him going to NXT where he could be a singles star, while being a player-coach type of individual for the newer members of the roster. Back in 2015 he made a brief stop in NXT, defeating Danny Burch and Adam Rose before opting out of the contract. Looking back, that move probably proved beneficial in the eyes of many, but that does not mean a return should be immediately ruled out.

Then there’s AEW. All Elite Wrestling already has one prominent cowboy in Adam “Hangman” Page. But things are looking like Page needs some help as animosity brews within the Elite. Imagine if that help came in the form of Storm riding in on the proverbial white horse to save the day. While this may be far-fetched, Storm adds some additional credibility to AEW as a name that fans will recognize, but has also seen success across other promotions, outside of the WWE. AEW has done a great job with some younger names like Brian Cage and Ricky Starks, so it is hard to see them not being able to find a way to properly use Storm if he were to join that organization.

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Just like in professional sports, free agency is an exciting proposition. In professional wrestling, there is an air of excitement around the idea of a well-known face showing up in another promotion. With James Storm no longer being under contract with the NWA, he may be the newest name making such a jump.