On a recent edition of the “Insight” podcast, former WWE and WCW Superstar Lance Storm discussed his wrestling career, his current producer role in TNA, a potential in-ring return, and more.
You can check out the highlights from the podcast below:
On if he’s still able to wrestle: “I’m not in ring shape. I could still go but I’m not putting on tights and taking my shirt off in the ring anymore. I’m 54 coming up on 55. But the cosmetic ring shape I am not in. I think I could physically do the other part sure. But I have high standards.”
On his current role in TNA: “Producer coach is sort of what I would consider it, used to be an agent job. But they like to call it producer now. So yeah, take what creative does and translate that to talent and then help coordinate all that on the headset.”
On his wrestling pet peeve: “I think my biggest pet peeve, and I blame Vince, is what I consider just terrible, s*itty covers on pins. It was a couple of years, actually probably five or eight years ago. But Vince became obsessed you got to hook the leg, you got to hook the leg. And so everyone in WWE started doing this. And then I think everyone just copies it because that’s what they watch. But I would say nine out of ten pins today, the person goes towards the guy’s hips and grabs the leg and then rolls his back onto the guy’s stomach. And the guy making the pin is staring at the ceiling with no weight above the dude’s or female’s sternum, it’s like this is terrible. You’re not holding the shoulders down. It’s a terrible visual. Now there’s a lot fewer of them in TNA because I have been harping on the talent since day one. And it’s like, you can still hook the leg, but go to the shoulders, and you can just tell that everyone’s thinking leg because the person is laying there in front of them and they go towards the hips first. It’s like no, pin the shoulders, you can reach back and get the leg. And then the other thing that I harp on people is when you’re covering the shoulders, chest to chest, your head up, we can see your face. We’ve heard the expression Oh yeah, he always looks to the lights. He’s a loser. It’s a part of why she got over, but look at the way Rhea Ripley pins people. You know she won. And you know that she’s the boss. She’s in charge, she won this match.”
On his thoughts on indie wrestling: “This is what I don’t like, because I don’t think it bodes well for learning. I think there’s too many people on the indie scene or trying to get noticed or whatever else. And it’s like, that’s all they’re worried about. We have to come up with this really cool, innovative creative spot so it’ll be giffable. And it’s like, well, that’s great. And Mike Bailey can have some really cool gifs, but Mike Bailey’s really f*cking good. He’s a great wrestler that really knows what he’s doing. So he has all the other parts and he does some really cool sh*t that’s giffable. But if you don’t learn the being really good part first, I think you end up getting more injuries, more danger, and less actual true art form.”
Former WWE and WCW Superstar Lance Storm recently appeared on the “Insight” podcast to discuss various aspects of his wrestling career. From his current role as a producer in TNA to his thoughts on indie wrestling, Storm shared his insights and experiences.
At 54 years old, Storm admitted that he is no longer in ring shape and has no plans of returning to the squared circle. While he believes he could still physically perform, he emphasized that he has high standards and does not want to compromise on the cosmetic aspect of being in shape for wrestling.
Currently, Storm serves as a producer coach in TNA, a role that was previously known as an agent job. He explained that his responsibility is to take the creative direction and translate it to the talent, while also coordinating everything on the headset. This behind-the-scenes role allows him to contribute to the overall production of matches and storylines.
During the podcast, Storm expressed his pet peeve in wrestling, which he attributes to Vince McMahon’s influence. He criticized what he considers to be terrible pin covers, where wrestlers focus on hooking the leg rather than properly holding down the opponent’s shoulders. Storm believes that this visual is not only ineffective but also diminishes the quality of the match. He has been actively addressing this issue with talent in TNA, encouraging them to prioritize pinning the shoulders and maintaining a strong visual presence.
When discussing indie wrestling, Storm expressed concerns about the emphasis on creating viral moments rather than focusing on mastering the art form. He believes that many wrestlers on the indie scene are solely concerned with creating innovative spots that can be shared as gifs online. However, Storm argues that true mastery of wrestling should come first, as it leads to fewer injuries and a more authentic performance. He cited Mike Bailey as an example of a wrestler who combines both technical skill and creative spots effectively.
Overall, Lance Storm’s appearance on the “Insight” podcast provided valuable insights into his wrestling career, his current role in TNA, and his thoughts on the industry. As a respected veteran in the business, Storm’s perspective offers a unique glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings of professional wrestling.