TNA superstar “Cowboy” James Storm is currently on the sidelines suffering from a concussion that he sustained in late October. Storm, a former TNA world champion and 11 time tag-team champion, is hoping to get medically cleared in time to wrestle at the upcoming Final Resolution PPV on Sunday December 11th. On Tuesday December 6th, I spoke with James Storm about his concussion, a potential match against Kurt Angle at the PPV, who he wants to win between Roode vs. Styles, and more.
Storm’s concussion has been a highly debated topic online over the last few weeks as many wrestling fans and critics (including myself) were concerned about TNA allowing him to physically participate in matches while suffering from a serious concussion. Storm addressed these concerns with the following response:
“I was never really concerned, as long as I wasn’t in any real physicality. Before I even did anything, I talked with Dixie Carter and the doctors. We understood the seriousness of my concussion. I saw how people read reports from live events and thought I actually wrestled in a match. I wouldn’t call it wrestling. I just walked out and super kicked a guy. We all made sure there was no further damage to my health. TNA was very protective of my health.”
According to Storm, he was injured roughly six or seven weeks ago during a match against his former tag-team partner Robert Roode. Storm recalls how he was “foggy” after receiving a superplex from Roode and believes that was the moment he sustained his concussion:
“I think it actually happened in a match against Roode when I lost the title to him. I think it was the superplex off the top rope. I watched the match a couple of times now and I remember being foggy after that move.”
Storm revealed that this was the third concussion that’s he experienced in his wrestling career. However, he never reported the first two concussions to TNA as he was worried about losing his spot in the company.
“I have had 3 in the 15 years that I’ve been wrestling. The first two were in the early part of TNA. I think I was worried about telling people. I was worried that I might lose my spot in the company”.
This most recent concussion was the worse of the three. Storm candidly revealed some of the serious side effects he experienced and talked about how scary it was at times.
“There was a lot of fogginess. It really felt like muddy water. I was real sensitive to light. My balance was off a bit. I couldn’t really read or watch TV. I wasn’t even able to play video games. I couldn’t concentrate. I had to sit in a dark room for the first two days because the light hurt my eyes and my head. I had to watch TV with my sunglasses on. It was pretty scary. For two weeks the fogginess kept going on. I couldn’t go outside without sunglasses because the sunlight would give me an instant headache. It was pretty scary.”
Storm admitted that he has an entirely new understanding for the seriousness of concussions. He now believes that anyone who has a concussion or thinks they might have a concussion should definitely go get checked out.
“If you even think you had or have a concussion, you should go and get checked out. My aunt is a doctor here in Tennessee and she told me that you can die from a concussion. I never knew that. Now I know how serious concussions are. Everyone needs to get checked out if they think they might have one.”
James took a concussion test last Sunday (November 27th) and was close to passing but the doctors wanted to be on the safe side and decided not to clear him. However, James is heading back to the doctor’s today and is hoping to be cleared so that he can wrestle on Sunday against Kurt Angle:
“I went back last Sunday, took another test, didn’t do quite as well as the doctors would have liked. They said I did good, but they still wanted to be careful with me. I’m actually going back today to see if I get cleared.”
If all goes well at today’s medical visit, Storm will be able to wrestle Kurt Angle at Sunday’s PPV. Storm took the TNA title from Angle in late October after hitting a super kick for the pin-fall victory. When asked about what it was like to face Kurt Angle in the ring, Storm had the following response:
“To get into the ring with Kurt, who I believe is the greatest wrestler ever to step into a ring, it’s an absolute honor. H brings it every time he steps in the ring. You definitely know that you are in the ring with one of the best ever. You feel it, especially the next day. I believe Kurt appreciates wrestling against me because he knows that I bring it too. I think it will be one hell of a match at Final Resolution between us.”
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