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The Hurricane

REAL NAME: Gregory Shane Helms
BORN: July 12, 1974 in Smithfield, N.C.
5' 10", 215 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: The Show, Sugar Shane, Hollywood Gregory Hanes, Hurricane Helms, The Hurricane

For many years, Gregory Helms donned the mask and cape of the Hurricane, the WWE's resident super hero, but recently, Helms has shunned that role, even turning his back on Rosey, his tag team partner.

In 1991, Gregory Helms began wrestling at the age of 16. Quickly defeating "Playboy" T.C. Cruise, Helms became the SWA Light Heavyweight Champion, the first of many titles that he would hold during his career. Helms' early career would be spent in North Carolina, winning no fewer than a half dozen Light Heavyweight titles.

Dubbing himself "The Show" Shane Helms, he began teaming with "Big Daddy" Mike Maverick (later Bo Dupp). Initially the team was called Assault and Battery but they later changed the team's name to the Serial Thrillaz. After winning several independent tag championships, the pair began wrestling in the North Carolina-based Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), which could also boast future WWE stars Shannon Moore and the Hardy Boyz.

The Serial Thrillaz won the OMEGA tag titles on two occassions in 1997-98 before moving on to SCW. The team won that organization's tag titles, and Helms himself won the SCW Heavyweight Championship. SCW would mark the end of the Serial Thrillaz, as Helms vacated both titles before moving on to NWA Worldwide. Once there, Helms joined the Bad Street Boys with Shannon Moore, Christian York & Joey Matthews. In May 1999, Helms and Moore both signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling, and before his debut, Helms helped out on the set of Ready to Rumble, becoming the stunt double for David Arquette. In November '99, Helms made his WCW debut as a member of Three Count, a parody of musical boy bands like the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, which also included Moore and Evan Karagias.

In addition to feuding with the Jung Dragons (Jaime-sun, Yun Yang & Kaz Hayashi), Helms and the other members of Three Count were part of WCW's exciting Cruiserweight division. Helms and Moore squared off in the first round of the Cruiserweight title tournament, with Moore advancing at the expense of his partner.

In February 2000, Three Count upset WCW Hardcore Champion Brian Knobbs and all three of them won the Hardcore title, although Knobbs would regain the belt in a Gauntlet Match at Uncensored 2000.

The feud with the Jung Dragons continued, and during one match, Shane received a broken nose that kept him out of action for some time, and when he returned, he had to wear a protective mask. When Helms and the rest of Three Count returned to WCW Television, they had a new single Dance With Three Count and a a new fan: Tank Abbott.

The Jung Dragons tried to steal Three Count's Gold album and recording contract, leading to a ladder match at New Blood Rising. Abbott figured heavily into Three Count's victory, and made off with both the album and the contract. Tank claimed that he should be the lead singer of Three Count. Helms, Moore and Karagias disagreed, leading to a feud between Three Count and Abbott that ended when Abbott left WCW soon after.

After a short feud with Misfits in Action, Three Count began to implode. Karagias tried hogging the spotlight, both in the ring and, apparently, in the recording studio, until Moore and Helms had had enough and kicked Karagias out of the group. At approximatel the same time, the Jung Dragons turned on Jamie Noble, who would team with Karagias.

The three teams met in a Triangle match at Mayhem 2000 (with Three Count winning) and in a Cruiserweight Contendership ladder match at Starrcade 2000 in which Moore and Helms both grabbed the contract at the same moment. Helms would later battle his partner, Moore, winning the match but losing the subsequent Cruiserweight Championship against Chavo Guerrero, Jr. at WCW Sin.

Moore and Helms would leave WCW briefly in 2001 to wrestle in NWA Wildside, where they enjoyed a one-day reign as the Wildside Tag Team Championships. Helms would win another Cruiserweight Contender's match up at SuperBrawl: Revenge only to find himself under attack from Karagias and Moore.

Despite the attack, Helms would go on to defeat Chavo Guerrero, Jr. for the WCW Cruiserweight title at WCW Greed and later, retain the belt against Guerrero on the final Monday Nitro.

After some time on the independent scene (teaming with Lenny Lane to win the Texas Championship Wrestling tag titles), Helms (as "Hollywood" Gregory Helms) appeared on WWE Smackdown in July 2001 where he lost the Cruiserweight title to Billy Kidman.

Helms' tenure as "Hollywood" Gregory lasted only a short while before it was revealed that he was a huge fan of the comic book hero the Green Lantern. Soon, Gregory Helms was seen as a WWE reporter, and the alter ego of superhero "The Hurricane." The Hurricane soon began to put together a stable of sidekicks including Lance Storm, Ivory and the former Molly Holly, dubbed Mighty Molly.

In the ring, the Hurricane would defeat former OMEGA comrade, Matt Hardy, to win the European Championship. He would also team with Lance Storm, taking on whoever the WWE Tag Team Champions were at the moment, including the Hardyz and the Dudleyz. Storm, the Hurricane and the rest of the group would join the WCW/ECW Alliance but with the demise of the Alliance at the hands of the WWE at the Survivor Series, the Hurricane disappeared.

He would return, however, in early 2002 with Mighty Molly still as his sidekick. That relationship would seemingly come to an end, however, at Wrestlemania X-8. The Hurricane defeated Spike Dudley in one of a number of times the Hardcore title changed hands that night. The Hurricane would have little time to enjoy the title because, just when he was about to make his getaway, Molly clobbered the Hurricane with a frying pan and claimed the championship for herself. A subsequent match between the two was interrupted by a vicious assault on both by Brock Lesnar.

In May 2002, the Hurricane began receiving notes from a mysterious person from his past. Even winning the Cruiserweight Championship after defeating Billy Kidman and Tajiri was overshadowed by another note from this person. The person turned out to be a "former flame", Nidia whose new boyfriend, Jamie Noble would go on to defeat the Hurricane for the Cruiserweight Championship at King of the Ring.

The Hurricane would spend most of the summer of 2002 feuding with Noble, and seeing action as part of Smackdown's Cruiserweight division. In September, however, he would defect to the Raw brand and team with Kane to defeat Lance Storm and Christian for the World Tag Team Championship.

However, after a loss a few weeks later to Christian and Chris Jericho, the Hurricane's star fell somewhat, as he was relegated to appearing on Heat prior to WWE pay-per-views and teaming with Goldust.

The Hurricane would score a major upset over The Rockon the March 10th edition of Raw and later team with other WWE superstars to take on Evolution. After teaming with Spike Dudley and Sgt. Slaughter to take on La Resistance, the Hurricane took Rosey, formerly of Three Minute Warning, under his wing, dubbing the rotund superstar a "Super Hero In Training."

Rosey and the Hurricane continued to battle La Resistance in their quest for the World Tag Team Championships but were never able to defeat them for the titles. In August, the Hurricane suffered a broken nose during a match against Chuck Palumbo and was out of action for the rest of the summer.

When he returned, the Hurricane seemed as if he was on the verge of a heel turn, but nothing ever came of it. Instead, he and Rosey continued their quest of the World Tag Team titles and their feud with La Resistance. In addition, the Hurricane lost to Simon Dean in his debut match, and the Super Heroes battled the excercise guru in singles matches during December 2004.

At Backlash 2005, Rosey and the Hurricane won a Gauntlet match to finally win the World Tag team titles, a championship they have retained (against La Resistance, the Heart Throbs and the team of Simon Dean and Maven, among others) to this writing. In addition, they recently added a female superhero (Stacy Keibler) to their ranks.

Keibler would eventually be traded to Smackdown, and the Hurricane and Rosey's reign as Tag Team Champions came to an end at Unforgiven at the hands of Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. A few weeks later, after the Hurricane was attacked by Kurt Angle, at the urging of Vince McMahon, he turned on Rosey and reverted back to Gregory Helms. The Hurricane was no more.

After defeating Rosey, Gregory Helms seemed destined to be banished to Heat and for several weeks, he was. But with a new year came a new push for Helms. Although he was defeated by Jerry "the King" Lawler at New Year's Revolution, a match that came about when Helms challenged Lawler, who had been making fun of the former Hurricane, he rebounded a few weeks later, winning the Cruiserweight Open at the Royal Rumble and becoming WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Helms headed to Smackdown where, as champion, he earned few friends by claiming to be better than the rest of the Smackdown Cruiserweights. General Manager Teddy Long decided to make things difficult for Helms, including making Helms compete every week on Smackdown and in another Cruiserweight Open at No Way Out. Helms retained, only to lose a "champion vs. champion" match against Chris Benoit and then was sidelined to repair his broken nose.

Helms returned and continued to successfully defend the Cruiserweight Championship against such stars as Super Crazy, as well as taking on such Heavyweight titleholders as Rey Mysterio and Bobby Lashley. --- compiled by John M. Milner

HURRICANE / HELMS STORIES

  • Jan. 10, 2013: The Hurricane left success in his wake
  • Jan. 24, 2011: Highway To Helms leading to WrestleReunion 5
  • Feb. 26, 2010: WWE releases two wrestlers, a diva and a ref
  • Jan. 28, 2010: Jericho, Helms arrested for public intoxication
  • July 31, 2005: Hurricane's a breath of fresh air
  • Aug. 9, 2000: 3 Count see chance to shine


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