April 26, 2004
Lance Storm announces retirement
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
It’s fitting that fans in Calgary on April 19 gave Lance Storm a standing ovation for his match against Steven Richards, taped for the Heat broadcast that aired on April 25. What the crowd didn’t know was they were witnessing Storm’s final match.
Updating his commentary today, Storm announced that he is retiring from active competition and taking a position as a trainer for Ohio Valley Wrestling, the WWE’s developmental territory in Louisville, Kentucky. His goal is to move on from that position into one of a road agent, a job currently held by former stars like Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko and Dave "Fit" Finlay, who encouraged him to pursue the change.
"I have been dissatisfied with my in ring career for quite a while." Storm said in his commentary. "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."
In addition, four bulging discs and problems with his sciatic nerve has resulted in being unable to take some bumps 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."
Discussions have been ongoing for the role since prior to Wrestlemania, and the deal was signed at the RAW taping. Storm, who was trained in Calgary in the Hart Dungeon and still resides in Cowtown with his wife and daughters, said that it was fitting to have his final match at the Saddledome.
"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."
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Jason Clevett is also from Calgary…Alberta Canada, and remains an active member of the SLAM!Wrestling roster.