The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 season premieres Sept. 15 on ABC with an all-new cast of mirror ball trophy-hungry celebrity contestants. Although the big lineup announcement is set for Sept. 4 and credible rumors are scarce, one potential bona fide hopeful revealed his identity via a July 31 tweet to followers.
Wrestler James Storm hinted he may be throwing his hat into the ring by writing "Just arrived for my meeting with ABC. These boots are made for dancing not walking." The tweet also included a photo of a "DWTS" poster.
Also known by the ring name "The Cowboy," Storm, 37, has worked as a professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling since 2002. He holds numerous world championship titles, mostly from tag team competitions, and boasts a number of signature moves, including the Closing Time and the Swinging Noose.
If Storm is selected and agrees to join the "DWTS" season 19 cast, he will be the third wrestler to take part in the hit reality dance competition. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Stacy Keibler finished season two in third place with pro partner Tony Dovolani, while WWE champion Chris Jericho took part in season 12 and finished seventh alongside Cheryl Burke.
With the exception of Storm, potential contestants have kept mostly mum about their plans, though there are a few exceptions to the rule. "The Walking Dead" alum Vincent M. Ward staged a substantial Twitter campaign with the hope of attracting the casting directors' attention. Country/pop crossover star Shania Twain, who recently concluded her long-running Las Vegas stage show, told fans during a chat session that she'd "consider" competing. The comment ignited a virtual firestorm of "will she or won't she" speculation, though Twain hasn't confirmed or denied the rumors.
On the professional dancers' side, only one contestant has confirmed his status. Reigning champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who claimed the season 18 trophy with Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, revealed during the July 29 episode of "The View" that his days as a "DWTS" pro are over. He did not, however, rule out the possibility of returning as part of the judging panel that includes Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli.
"Dancing with the Stars" premieres Sept. 15 on ABC. The cast will be revealed on Sept. 4.