At Bound for Glory, Bobby Roode came up short against Kurt Angle in a match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Four days later on Impact, Storm was granted a title match against Angle and won in under a minute, capturing the prestigious prize for the first time in his career.
The celebration that ensued immediately afterward was unforgettable, as all of Storm's stablemates in Fortune came down to celebrate his title win with him. The reaction he received that night from the fans in attendance was off the charts and proved that he was going to get over big as a babyface.
Two weeks later, Storm was set to defend his title against the new No. 1 contender and best friend, Bobby Roode. In a shocking turn of events, Roode smashed a beer bottle over the head of Storm and stole the TNA title, making The Cowboy the shortest-reigning world champion in company history.
This emphatic end to one of the greatest tag teams in the last decade triggered a raging rivalry that still lives on to this very day. Sure, Storm's reign probably shouldn't have been as short-lived as it was, but the loss of the title would put him in chase mode and would make the fans want to see him win it back even more.
An irate Storm invoked his rematch clause the next week but was unsuccessful in regaining the gold after being ambushed backstage prior to the bout. His attacker was eventually revealed to be Kurt Angle, whom he then entered a feud with for the next months.
The two faced off in a great match at Final Resolution, where Storm emerged victorious. However, Angle went on to win the rematch with the use of dirty tactics the next month at Genesis.
Storm defeated Angle in their rubber match on the January 12 edition of Impact and qualified for the Fatal 4-Way match for the TNA title at Against All Odds. At the event, Storm was unsuccessful in winning back the strap.
From there, Storm began feuding with Bully Ray, whom he defeated at Victory Road and again on the February 16 edition of Impact to become the new No. 1 contender to the TNA title. He rekindled his rivalry with Roode that April and faced him in a Steel Cage match at Lockdown but came up on the losing end.
On the subsequent edition of Impact, Storm cut a cryptic promo about taking his ball and going home. He may not have won the strap at Lockdown, but fans were certain that his chase for the championship was far from over.