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Rhino

Rhino
-courtesy TNAwrestling.com

REAL NAME: Terry Gerin
5' 10", 250 pounds
BORN:October 7, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan
NICKNAMES:Rhino Richards, Rhyno

Born Terry Gerin in Michigan, he was active on his high school wrestling team and played football for eight years before turning his attention to the pro wrestling ranks. Trained by Scott D'Amore, Gerin got his start in D'Amore's Border City Wrestling promotion in 1994.

Known as Rhino Richards (a name given to him by D'Amore and D-Lo Brown), he would also team with fellow future WWE superstars Sexton Hardcastle (Edge) and Christian Cage (Christian) to tour the Indian reserves in Northern Manitoba, leading to some of the storied adventures that have become part of Canadian wrestling lore. The trio would later team with Joe E. Legend, Bill Skullion, Professor Maxwell and others to form the anti-American heel stable Thug Life.

But wrestling in North America wasn't enough for Rhino, and he began competing in Germany in 1997. He won several CWA Tag Team titles, with Legend and Jean-Pierre Lafite.

Upon his return to North America, Rhino would appear in a dark match on a June 1998 Raw taping in Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrestled Briar Wellings. By 1999, he had become involved in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Having wrestled a try-out match for ECW, he caught the eye of promoter Paul Heyman and had several more bookings (including two bouts against ECW World Champion Taz) before being signed to a contract with ECW.

Shortly after Rhino's arrival in ECW, he took on Steve Corino as his manager and also teamed with Jack Victory. Although the Rhino/Victory team would do little, Rhino was quickly moving up the singles ranks as 2000 began. He defeated Spike Dudley and won via forfeit over the Sandman to reach the finals of the ECW TV title tournament, in which he lost to Super Crazy. No matter, a month later, he defeated then-champion Yoshihiro Tajiri to win the title.

Being a Television Champion wasn't enough for Rhino as he teamed with Justin Credible as part of the August 2000 ECW Tag Team tournament. The Rhino/Credible team defeated Chilly Willy and the Sandman but were defeated in the second round. to Jerry Lynn and Tommy Dreamer.

Meanwhile, Rhino was building quite the resume as ECW TV Champion, defeating New Jack, Spike Dudley and even long-time champion Rob Van Dam. Although he would drop the TV title to Kid Kash, he quickly regained it in one of the few ECW shows in Canada, on September 9, 2000 in Mississauga, Ontario.

On January 7, 2001 as part of the Guilty As Charged Pay-Per-View, Rhino defeated the Sandman to become the ECW World Champion. As it turned out, Rhino was the last ECW Champion, with the organization closing its doors shortly thereafter. He would soon be WWE-bound, signing a three-year contract with the organization and arriving as an old friend of Edge and Christian's and an ally to Kurt Angle. In his TV debut, renamed "Rhyno", he helped Edge and Christian defeat the Hardy Boys to regain the WWE Tag Team titles

The friendship between Edge and Rhyno was put to the test as the two were paired in the semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament, in which Edge came out the victor.

With the arrival of the Invasion Angle, Rhyno reunited with his ECW running mates. He would also become an helpful ally to Stephanie McMahon during her feud with Chris Jericho. Already a long-time WWE Hardcore Champion, Rhyno defeated Tajiri once again, only this time it was for the WCW U.S. Championship at Unforgiven, a title he would drop to Kurt Angle in October 2001.

The endless gores and hardcore style of Rhyno would not be without its price. In November 2001, Rhyno underwent neck surgery in San Antonio, and was forced to the sidelines for over a year.

When Rhyno returned in February 2003, he teamed with Chris Benoit, with the pair even being part of a Triple Threat match at Wrestlemania XIX against Los Guerreros and Team Angle for the WWE Tag Team titles. The team of Rhyno and Benoit would not win the WWE Tag titles and by July, Rhyno had split with Benoit. The break came after several miscommunications and Benoit defeating Rhyno in two separate tournaments.

Rhyno would fall to mid-card level for the rest of 2003, battling his former tag partner Benoit, as well as Bradshaw, John Cena and Rikishi. He would team periodically with Tajiri on Smackdown, but the team would really take flight after both men were drafted to Raw. Tajiri and Rhyno would spend the summer of 2004 battling WWE Tag Team Champions, La Resistance, but were never able to lift the titles.

Rhyno would continue to team with Tajiri but was also shifted back to singles action more and more. However, shortly after some personal problems at the post-Wrestlemania XXI party, Rhyno was released from the WWE. He would appear on the Raw just prior to the ECW One Night Stand and appeared on the pay-per-view itself, losing to Sabu.

Instead of returning to WWE, though, Rhyno...or rather, Rhino, appeared in NWA-TNA, helping Jeff Jarrett and attacking Raven.

Rhino would carve a path of destruction through TNA over the next few months, eventually earning a Heavyweight title match against Raven at Unbreakable, but came up short in his World title aspirations on that occassion.

In addition to working for TNA, Rhino continued to appear on independent shows, such as Border City Wrestling, Jersey All Pro Wrestling and NWA Cyberspace. In October 2005, he traveled to Australia where he became the first World Series Wrestling Champion, winningand then losing the title to Jarrett in the span of three days.

On October 23rd, at Bound for Glory,Rhino won a brutal Monster's Ball match, endured a Gauntlet match and then defeated Jeff Jarrett to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Although Jarrett regained the title less than two weeks later, Rhino had made his mark on the World title scene.

Rhino would be tangling with Abyss as 2005 became 2006. Abyss would get the better of Rhino at Final Resolution but Rhino came out on top in a "Falls Count Anywhere" match at Against All Odds.

Still burned by the loss of the NWA title, Rhino counts himself among the growing army aligned against Jarrett, AMW, Team Canada and his confederates.

TNA seems to be a good fit for Rhino, and the promotion has been keeping him solidly in the main event heavyweight mix.

Rhino would make some headlines when he revealed he’d been offered and refused a chance to sign with WWE and return to a re-launched ECW, and when he burned his old ECW Heavyweight Championship belt.

He’d have a feud with Abyss and Monty Brown before focussing his attention on a recently turned heel Christian Cage. Cage definitely seemed to have Rhino’s number as he routed his old friend in a series of TV and pay-per-view matches.

Rhino had more success against his next foe A.J. Styles, as they split their four PPV contests.

His next major grudge came against “The Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm, who continually ridiculed Rhino’s past alcoholism by pouring beer on him. Storm would take their first two PPV contests before Rhino finally got his revenge and beat Storm at No Surrender.

Since then, Rhino’s taken on Black Reign (formerly Goldust), Raven and Abyss. At Bound For Glory, Abyss defeated Rhino, Raven and Black Reign in a four-way Monster’s Ball match.

--- compiled by John M. Milner and Richard Kamchen

RHINO STORIES

  • Sep. 21, 2012: Rhino enters Dreamer's House of Hardcore
  • Sep. 15, 2012: Veteran Rhino still hungry, wants Steen's ROH title
  • June 7, 2012: Ten years of TNA and its many memories
  • Aug. 11, 2006: Rhino ready to charge into Hard Justice
  • Nov. 6, 2005: Rhino charge has TNA fans chanting
  • Oct. 24, 2005: Rhino upsets Jarrett at Bound for Glory
  • July 20, 2005: Head to horn with Rhyno
  • Apr. 11, 2005: Rhyno and Matt Hardy released
  • Aug. 3, 2003: Rhyno recovered
  • Jan. 21, 2001: Rhyno gears up for King Of The Ring
  • January 14, 2001: Rhino surprised by success
  • Sep. 6, 2000: In conversation with Jerry Lynn & Rhino
  • July 6, 1999: Rhino more than meets the eye