I would be surprised too. The biggest WWE story of the year has been the incredible amount of roster turnover, with dozens of wrestlers leaving the company, often in massive waves. Some of them have been rather shocking and names fans and wrestlers alike probably never saw coming. That was the case again this week, but for a rather different reason.

On Wednesday, Toni Storm requested and was granted her release from WWE. This came out of nowhere as Storm had been feuding with Charlotte over the SmackDown Women’s Title in recent weeks. According to Fightful Select, several people in WWE were “blindsided” by Storm’s release, but it would be nearly impossible for WWE to turn her down after citing budget cuts for so many releases. There is no word on why Storm requested her release or where she intends to sign next.

Storm made an impact while she was around. Check out some of her time in WWE:

Opinion: I have no idea why Storm requested her release but it seems that something was not working out. Maybe there was an extenuating circumstance that threw everything off, but that is not the kind of thing you see coming so soon after Storm was near the top of the SmackDown women’s division. I would love to know more about this one, but that is not going to happen until Storm wants us to know.

What did you think of Storm’s time in WWE? Where do you want her to go next? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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