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Old 27 Apr 2004, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last Monday night in Calgary was a monumental evening for me. For those of you with terrible short-term memory, last Monday night was RAW live in Calgary. I’ve done 3 TV events in Calgary, the first was my WWE debut with the first Invasion RUN-IN, the second I was not given a match, and this third time I had a match and I am both happy, and sad to tell you that it may have been my last. WHAT? Let’s start with, No I have not been fired, and No I am not quitting the business. I am, if I can borrow an expression from good old Vinny Mac, moving onwards and upwards.

A lot of you have been wondering why I have been completely of the road and television the past few weeks; well this is your answer. I have been talking with the office about taking my career in a new direction for some time now. This actually dates back to before WrestleMania. I have been dissatisfied with my in ring career for quite a while. I have been lost in the quagmire for the better part of the year, with no direction, no focus, and quite frankly no forward motion. This isn’t anyone’s fault so much as it is a compilation of several factors. I have always wanted to be an important part of the product and I had come to the point where I was feeling that I could contribute more outside the ring than I have been inside it.

With the encouragement and support of Dave Finlay (WWE road agent and the man I respect most in this business) I started looking into the possibility of becoming a road agent. I’ve always thought I would be good at, and enjoy being an agent, when it came time to hang up my boots and I was to the point where the idea of hanging them up was not looking all that unfavourable to me. I’ve mentioned my back troubles to you in the past and I have always played down the pain and discomfort I am in. The truth is my back has been quite bad and it was making my decision much easier. I have 4 bulging discs in my lower lumbar and a chronic problem with my sciatic nerve. It has gotten to the point where there a certain bumps I won’t take and I am limping and in great pain after most matches, I have even had my legs go numb on me on a few occasions. It is a condition that with proper time off and rehab I could likely work through, but with the way everything else was going I started to look at alternatives, like the agent job.

When I first breached the topic of the agent gig with the office they were a little hesitant yet receptive. I think they felt I could be an asset as an agent but thought the transition from “locker room” to “office” would be a bit too quick. They then asked if I would be interested in opportunity to pass on my knowledge as a trainer in OVW (Our developmental territory). This caught my interest, as teaching was another avenue I’ve thought about for when I’m done wrestling. I was predominately working with guys recently brought up from OVW anyway, and this was a chance to get at them even earlier and maybe even make a difference. The office and I have been discussing terms for the Training position for the past few weeks, which is why I’ve been sitting home. There was no point giving my character any direction if I wasn’t going to be wrestling much longer and to be honest the time off has done wonders for my back. It hasn’t felt this good in over a year. Last Monday night in Calgary we came to an agreement for the Trainer position, which I am quite excited about, and they were nice enough to give me a match in Calgary so I could have fun and wrestle at home. So it was last Monday that my career came full circle. I was trained in Calgary and my WWE debut was at the Saddle Dome here and what will be my last match, at least for a while, (never say never) was in the Saddle Dome in Calgary as well. I hope everyone caught Heat on Sunday because that’s when my last match aired.

It was a real emotional time for me Monday night. The prospect of this being my last match weighed on me heavily. I was originally wrestling a local kid (I think the office figured why beat a regular guy with a someone who won’t be on TV again) but Steven Richards asked if they could switch our matches so he could work with me. I would have liked to have an amazing match for my last outing but I was a professional to the end and did my job. Stevie and I had a good 6-minute match for HEAT (going all out with countless near falls would have been out of place, in my opinion, and I’ve never been one to do a match just for my own purposes) and I had the time of my life. If this match is going to be my last I’m so glad it happened in Calgary. I am proud to be one of a long line of great (if you’ll indulge my ego one last time) workers to come out of Calgary, and the support I received that night from the crowd was unbelievable. I love you all and can’t thank you enough for making possibly my last night one to remember. I managed to get my “Tribute to Owen” flip in as well as my Davey Boy suplex, and if Benoit wasn’t’ on the card I would have even worked in a Sharp Shooter. My post match celebration was very emotional, if the cameras hadn’t cut so quickly you may have even spotted a tear in my eye.

Part of me hopes there is another chapter to be written in my “in ring” wrestling career, but part of my wants it to end as it did in Calgary…Alberta, Canada, in front of my family, my friends, and my city. Either way I hope you guys stick with me on my site because I’m going to keep this site going as long as my “Stormtroopers” keep stopping by. I am still going to be a part of this business and I am confident (cocky) enough to think an important part. If I can pass on my knowledge to the future of this business perhaps, I can still, indirectly, have a positive effect on your wrestling enjoyment. I start in OVW May 2nd, and if all goes well that will be my regular gig. The travel schedule and off time should work out very favourable for my family and I am excited about my future role in this business. I will likely do several “Looking back” commentaries over the next few weeks so be sure to look for those. All the best everyone, and thanks; I wouldn’t have been able to have almost 14 years of fun in the ring if all of you hadn’t showed up to watch. I am truly grateful.

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Old 27 Apr 2004, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, Storm hasn't had much to go on for years. He never really got over, he never really captivated the crowd. But he does have a lot of talent and training is imo, the best thing he could be doing.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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a smart decision by lance. It's much better to end it in his hometown, then to be Doing the cabbage patch and jobbing to someone for years to come.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 03:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup,No Big Surprise...Lance has loads of talent...but just never really got the chance to fully show it off in the WWE..
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Old 28 Apr 2004, 05:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah he's going to train wrestlers, his back is out ..tis a shame his career didn't end on a high note.
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Old 28 Apr 2004, 10:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Truly sad that Storm's career ended the way it ended. But his pre-WWE work was good enough to earn my respect for him inside of the ring. He'll be in OVW training the wrestlers there. Lords knows that idoit fed needs some help training their wrestlers better. Just look and watch Tomko to know the current trainers aren't first class....
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lance storn never had a personality. no one was ever a big draw without a personality. and thats what counts.
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Old 28 Apr 2004, 04:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, the wrestling never really gave him a shot at getting over. His gimick was being a guy with no personality. That was never going to get over with the crowd. However; i have always had respect for Lance for his wrestling abitlity and think he will truly be an asset as a trainer.
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Old 29 Apr 2004, 08:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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lance was pretty cool to be a monotone type of guy..good to see he still has a future in the company in some aspect..of course the dumbest thing ever said by him..."hope you all watch sunday night heat" yeah right..
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