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Lance Storm

Lance Storm

REAL NAME: Lance Evers
BORN: April 3, 1969 in Sarnia, Ontario
5'11 3/4", 225 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: 'Tiger' Lance Storm

During Lance Storm's career, he certainly proved himself to be a solid in-ring talent who wasn't afraid to be proudly Canadian, even when that didn't prove to be politically correct.

Growing up in North Bay, Ontario, Evers wasn't always a wrestling fan. His father, for one, couldn't stand it. But in 1985, like many kids, he was swept up by the whole Rock'n'Wrestling connection.

"I started being a wrestling fan a little late," he confessed.

But it wasn't Hulkamania or the Junk Yard Dog that turned Lance Evers into Lance Storm but rather a volleyball coach that he didn't like. Evers was enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario in Advanced Business Administration, and playing with the Golden Hawks men's volleyball team. Evers, in an interview with SLAM! Wrestling, said that the coach "took the fun out of it."

So he packed his bags, dropped out of university after two years and headed to Calgary in June 1990 to train with the Harts. "I thought I would be halfway decent at it," he said. On the first day in camp, where he would be trained primarily by Keith Hart, he met fellow future superstar Chris Jericho. Besides the Harts, he credits Champagne Gerry Morrow as being the biggest influence on his career. "He really, really taught me a lot early on."

In Storm's in-ring debut, for the Canadian Wrestling Connection, he would battle Jericho to a 15 minute draw, then return to win the Royal Rumble-like main event. As the nineties began, he was on the indy circuit, wrestling for Stampede Wrestling, and WFWA (IWA) out of Winnipeg, and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling as Lance Storm, the only name he's ever used wrestling and teaming with Chris Jericho as "Sudden Impact".

In October 1991, Storm and Jericho went to Japan to work for FMW, but Lance "hated the company" for not calling him for nearly a year despite promises of working five shows for FMW in 1992 and has "never been back."

In 1993, Lance worked in both Lebanon (where Americans couldn't work but Canadians, as well as Mando and Chavo Guerrero and Chris Adams could) and in Germany for Otto Wanz's CWA promotion.

Back in North America, his first big claim to fame was as one half of The Thrillseekers with Jericho in Jim Cornette's old Smokey Mountain Wrestling promotion in 1994.

"I still get ribbed about that one," Evers laughed, explaining that Cornette's early eighties style of wrestling is long gone these days.

The Thrillseekers feuded with the Heavenly Bodies during their time in Smokey Mountain. After the promotion folded, Storm worked some indy dates in Calgary and did another stint with the CWA, which was run by Peter William rather than Otto Wanz now.

Eventually, however it was off to Japan where Storm spent 2 1/2 years working for Genichiro Tenryu's WAR promotion, taking on Ultimo Dragon, Gedo and Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and winning the WAR International Junior Heavyweight tagteam titles twice with Yuji Yasuraoka. On June 17th, 1996, the pair defended the titles against El Samurai and Norio Honaga at New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Skydiving J" show at Budokan Hall, a match Storm refers to as one of the highlights of his career.

On the advice of his old friend Chris Jericho, Storm called up Paul Heyman. Formerly Paul E. Dangerously in the AWA and WCW, Heyman was now the owner and promoter of the Philadelphia-base Extreme Championship Wrestling. Storm began wrestling in ECW and loved it.

"I really like it," he said at the time of ECW. "They give you a lot more freedom to do what you like."

In February 1997, Storm began his career in ECW as a fan favourite, teaming with Shane Douglas and Chris Candido as the "Triple Threat" but after he and Candido lost the ECW Tagteam titles to Rob Van Dam and Sabu, Storm turned on Candido and become a heel.

Taking on Dawn Marie as his valet, Storm soon found himself teaming with Justin Credible (who Storm actually trained in Calgary in 1992) and the pair ruled the ranks of ECW as "the Impact Players". On January 9th, 2000, the team defeated Tommy Dreamer and Raven to win the ECW Tagteam titles.

The Impact Players, however, would explode at Hardcore Heaven 2000, when Storm challenged (and lost to) Credible for the ECW Heavyweight title. Shortly thereafter, in May 2000, Storm announced that he had signed with WCW.

By the end of the summer, Storm would have three titles to his credit and be one of the hottest stars on the WCW roster. Playing up his "Proudly Canadian" gimmick, Storm formed Team Canada (with Elix Skipper, Carl Oulette, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Major Gunns) and would become not only one of the biggest heels in WCW, but also one of the most successful, including the U.S. Heavyweight title (renamed the Canadian Heavyweight title), the WCW Hardcore title (or the Saskatchewan Hardcore International title) and the WCW Cruiserweight title (which Storm dubbed the 100 Kilos-and-Under title). Team Canada would feud with the Filthy Animals and Misfits in Action.

After the demise of the "Team Canada" angle, Storm was still a part of WCW's top-tier, battling the Cat for the WCW Commissioner's position. He worked the last WCW Monday Nitro on March 27, 2001 (teaming with Mike Awesome in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire for the WCW Tagteam titles) and was the last man to leave the locker room that night.

When WCW was sold to Vince McMahon, Storm was soon WWE-bound. Lance's super kick to Perry Saturn during a run-in on the May 28th Raw is War showing jump-started the WCW/WWF on-screen war ironically enough, in Calgary. In another ironic twist, his first televised WWF bout would be teaming with Mike Awesome against Kane and former partner, Chris Jericho.

Less than two months after arriving in the WWF, Storm beat Albert for the Intercontinental title and became an important part of the "Invasion" storyline. After the 2001 Survivor Series, Lance had to beg Ric Flair for his job back, finally defeating the Rock to regain entry into the WWF

With Storm drafted to the Smackdown roster, the WWF resurrected the Team Canada storyline, calling Lance (along with Christian, Test and, later, William Regal) the Un-Americans. Just days after defeating Hulk Hogan and Edge for the WWE Tagteam titles, Team Canada would jump to the Raw brand, taking the titles with them.

After the Un-Americans parted ways, Lance would fall primarily into the tagteam ranks, teaming with Christian, William Regal and Chief Morley (Val Venis) to win the WWE Tagteam titles.

Unfortunately, the storylines that Lance found himself involved in were becoming more and more ridiculous, including a teaming with Goldust, being labeled as "boring" by Steve Austin, and "Dancing Lance".

On April 19th, 2004, Storm defeated Stevie Richards in a match taped for Sunday Night Heat in his adopted home town of Calgary. It would turn out to be his farewell match as Storm announced his retirement approximately a week later. He would still be active in the wrestling business as a trainer for the Louisville, Kentucky-based WWE development territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Storm has come out of retirement on several occassions, including June 2005's ECW One Night Stand where he defeated his former Thrillseeker's partner Chris Jericho with help from his former Impact Players partner, Justin Credible, and as recently as April 2006, challenged "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson for the Ring of Honor Championship.

Despite his success, he believed that he was the most "unlikely guy to be in the business" because of his commitment to family and lack of a real wild side.


Stories


  • May 8, 2012: Mike Bennett beneficiary of Lance Storm's ROH attention
  • June 18, 2010: Lance Storm runs PWA by the book
  • June 6, 2009: Lance Storm's ROH return anything but boring
  • Feb. 25, 2007: Wrestling's toughest tour - northern Manitoba
  • Nov. 29, 2006: Lance Storm still serious about wrestling
  • Dec. 31, 2005: Aussie lands in eye of Storm
  • May 26, 2005: Storm starts wrestling academy
  • May 26, 2005: Grapplers give Calgary props
  • May 17, 2005: Lance Storm leaving OVW
  • Mar. 26, 2004: Lance Storm announces retirement
  • May 27, 2002: Storm warning
  • June 22, 2001: Storm hits local wrestling circuit
  • Feb. 28, 2001: Autobiography in works from Lance Storm
  • Feb. 16, 2001: Commissioner Storm in main event mix
  • Aug. 17, 2000: Lance Storm on Japan, Jericho and Ace
  • Aug. 16, 2000: Storm's persona more than just a gimmick
  • Aug. 12, 2000: Lance takes WCW by Storm
  • May 18, 2000: Storm discusses move to WCW
  • May 16, 2000: Storm jumps to WCW
  • March 2, 2000: Lance Storm Fan Q&A
  • Dec. 3, 1999: Storm speaks on suspensions and Sandman
  • Jan. 28, 1999: The centre of an ECW Storm

    Memories

     I actually had the opportunity to meet Lance over the summer when ECW ran a show at Bar A in Belmar, NJ. Lance was really cool and kept to himself.
      He has really came a long way since the days of Sudden Impact with the Icon, the Showstopper, the Main Event, Chris Jericho. His match against Rob Van Dam is a perfect example of why he is one of the best in the business today. I am proud of the way he has excelled in ECW proving that he is not overrated and is one of the elite superstars in wrestling.
      I think Lance Storm is just another example of how the Canadians are the best wrestlers around. You have Storm, Jericho, Benoit, Test, Copeland, Christian, Val Venis, & Bret and Owen to name a few. I think it is about time and I'm glad you finally gave Lance Storm a biography in the hall of fame. Guilty As Charged will prove to be first step towards greatness for Lance Storm.
     pmcnamar@mondec.monmouth.edu
      I went to the same high school as Lance. I was several grades below him so I never got a chance to really know him. However, he and some friends put on a wrestling show for the school. He did an impression of his favourite wrestler at the time, The Ultimate Warrior, and he did a really good job. My friends and I knew that he was going to go far. He had a real passion for it and put his whole heart into it. Over the next few years, I heard his name pop up a few time and was happy that a local boy made it to the big times. Best of luck to you Lance from a home town fan.
      Jayson Hoffman
      I remember when Lance and the icon, the show stopper, the main event, Chris Jericho were tag team partners. He has come along such a long way since then. Sudden Impact and turned into making their impact on the world. Jericho is already one of the biggest stars and Lance isn't too far behind.
      Probably a later memory of Lance Storm besides Sudden Impact would be the match he received on his first PPV which was ECW's first PPV. Not too long after he got involved with the Triple Threat as the prospect which really served as the career elevator for Lance Storm.
      He is really showcasing himself as a great star with Dawn Marie (Tammy Lynn Bytch) also excelling as his manager. Storm has a great deal of talent which is unlimited and will make him a huge star in the wrestling business some day.
      Dave Goldberg, Clark, NJ
      I always had repect for Storm's talent, but the "Prospect" schtick bugged me. I was at Guilty as Charged. Easily the best Pay-per-View in recent years, and I went in a Rob Van Dam supporter. I left a Lance Storm convert. Why? He's not the whole F'N show. He's just the best part of it. Oh, yeah, and because he's from Calgary, (dramatic pause) , Alberta, Canada, and it's expected! 99 is the year of the Storm!
      JCunni1002@aol.com
     I went to an old Smokey Mountain Wrestling show when Lance and Chris Jericho were wrestling. The lights went out when there music started and a race car drove in from behind the curtain. We waited and waited and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden I got pushed out of the way by Lance and Chris. Lance kicked me in the head turned around to make sure I was alright then entered the ring.
     Tommy lane
     I remembered when i first saw Lance wrestle he was awesome but just not as amazing to me like Tommy Dreamer was at the time plus they didnt focus much time on him. But once he started to do the angle with Dawn Marie against Chris Candido & Tammy Lynn Sytch I got into his character. I loved watching his battles with Candido because they are both great athletes and put on a great match everytime! But i really enjoyed the angle that involved him Dawn Marie & Dreamer with the whole " New " Beulah thing, that was the best angle I think ever cuz it involded my new favorite wrestler with my old & my new favorite valet with my old. But as I've watch Lance's character & career grow I am proud to say I am Lance Storm's # 1 fan and if possible I would want to work with him as a possible manager!
      James Renshaw
     Lance is Cool. He has won a lot of titles in WCW and ECW He won the Candaian Heavyweight Title In the finals of a Tournament against MikeAwesome. He won The Saskatchewan International Hardcore Title from Big Vito and The 100 Kilo's and Under Title from Lt Loco. In ECW he was cool too. It is sad he never won the TV or world titles but, hey, he won two ECW Tag Titles with Justin Credible against Tommy Dreamer&Raven and Mike Awesome&Raven His Canadian Maple Leaf is cool and should win the WCW World HeavyWeight Championship he rocks.
     NYJG82@aol.com
     My greatest Lance Storm memory was the night after Invasion when at Raw in Buffalo he defeated Albert for the Intercontinental belt. I have always been a huge supporter of Storm through the years
     Andrew Mollon