Shane Helms (born July 12, 1974) is an American
professional wrestler, working for World Wrestling
Entertainment on its SmackDown brand as Hurricane
He began his career in the Organization of Modern
Extreme Grappling Arts promotion, alongside Matt
and Jeff Hardy, and moved to World Championship
Wrestling in 2000. There he gained fame as "Sugar"
Shane Helms, a member of 3 Count, and won the
WCW Hardcore Championship and the WCW Cruiserweight
title. When WCW was bought by the then World Wrestling
Federation (WWF), Helms' contract was kept by
WWF. Helms renamed himself "The Hurricane"
and won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. He
later picked up a sidekick, Rosey, and they won
the World Tag Team Championship together. He dropped
the superhero gimmick in 2005, and began wrestling
under his real name. He once again won the Cruiserweight
Championship in early 2006, and held it for over
a year, becoming the longest reigning Cruiserweight
Champion in history and the longest reigning champion
of any kind in SmackDown! history. After being
out of action for over a year after neck fusion
surgery Helms returned to SmackDown in September
2008, referring to himself once again as Hurricane
Championship Wrestling (2000–2001)
After wrestling in many independent promotions,
including the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling
Arts promotion founded by Matt and Jeff Hardy,
Helms and his friend Shannon Moore signed with
World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2000. In
WCW, Helms' first break came as a member of the
heel stable 3 Count with Moore and Evan Karagias.
The trio was a parody of the boy bands the Backstreet
Boys and 'N Sync. Their gimmick involved making
music videos and performing songs before their
matches, during which their opponents would attack
them before the match started. The trio had a
long standing feud with the Jung Dragons. Tank
Abbott was later added to the group as an enforcer,
but was fired, leading to a feud.
Helms later split from the group, was dubbed "Sugar"
Shane Helms by the fans, and found success as
WCW Cruiserweight Champion. He had a long standing
feud with Moore and Karagias. He was the reigning
Cruiserweight Champion immediately before WCW
was bought out by the World Wrestling Federation
(WWF). Helms' contract with WCW was one of twenty-five
that were included in WWF's purchase of WCW.
Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2001–present)
Before debuting in the WWF, Helms changed his
ring name from Shane to Gregory, his first name.
He was brought in as a part of the Invasion storyline
as a member of The Alliance on the July 5, 2001
edition of SmackDown! losing his Cruiserweight
Championship in a one-on-one match to another
Alliance Member Billy Kidman. At the end of July
2001, Helms had another name change to Hurricane
Helms and was a regular on WWF's sister shows
WWF Jakked and WWF Heat. Helms briefly aligned
himself with Ivory. Helms began wrestling as "The
Hurricane" on August 27, and also Helms began
wearing a superhero costume. That night, he won
the European Championship from Matt Hardy with
help from Ivory. He eventually lost the title
to Bradshaw on October 22, 2001. In September
2001, Helms formed a tag team with Lance Storm
who was now managed by Ivory and Helms later picked
up a sidekick, in Molly Holly who began to call
herself "Mighty Molly", and the two
came to the arena in a custom "Hurri-Cycle"
(with Molly in the sidecar).The team of Helms
and Storm began feuds with teams like The Hardy
Boyz and Big Show and Spike Dudley. Helms and
Storm got a shot at the WCW Tag Team Championship
against The Hardy Boyz at No Mercy 2001 in a losing
Helms' superhero character was loosely based on
The Green Lantern; he sports a tattoo of the hero's
logo on his right biceps. His real-life fixation
of the character was parlayed into The Hurricane
gimmick, and Helms gradually evolved into a full
superhero character to the point of wearing a
costume to the ring. During his time, he dressed
as a 1950s reporter in the locker room, with glasses,
using his real name, as an homage to Clark Kent
(Superman), right down to the similarity in the
name of the newspaper he reported for, the Daily
Globe (Daily Planet). Originally a heel (via his
membership in The Alliance), Helms believed himself
to have superhuman powers. For example, he wrestled
heavyweights and attempted to chokeslam them.
Over time, his character increasingly received
positive fan reaction. Helms became a fan favorite
and was able to chokeslam some of his opponents,
often acting surprised at his own strength. At
the 2002 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, The Hurricane
had a one of his more memorable moments of "superhuman
strength" when he stormed the ring during
the Royal Rumble match and attempted (and failed)
to double chokeslam that year's megastars Triple
H and Stone Cold Steve Austin. During 2002, The
Hurricane won the WWE Hardcore Championship at
WrestleMania X8. It was during this match that
Molly turned on Hurricane (hitting him in the
back of the head with a frying pan) and won the
Hardcore Title from him. After that, they went
their separate ways.
Helms was later drafted to SmackDown! following
the brand extension, also cutting his long hair
short and dying it green, and he won the Cruiserweight
Title from Taijri and Billy Kidman in a triple
threat match. He lost it to Jamie Noble at King
of the Ring. Later in 2002, he was traded to Raw,
won the World Tag Team Titles with Kane, and held
them for around a month in an alliance known as
The Hurricane and Rosey (2003–2005)
2003, Hurricane feuded with The Rock. In backstage
segments, The Rock referred to The Hurricane as
"The Hamburglar" (in part because his
mask was similar to the Hamburglar's). This comic
feud culminated in a match on Raw, in which The
Rock dominated.Hurricane, however, was able to
roll up The Rock from behind after The Rock was
distracted by Stone Cold Steve Austin's appearance
on the ramp.
In late 2003, Hurricane "discovered"
Rosey's potential as a superhero and christened
him "Rosey, the Super Hero in Training".
On the July 19, 2004 episode of Raw, Rosey appeared
with a new costume, seemingly graduated to a full
superhero and teaming with his mentor. On May
1, at Backlash, Hurricane and Rosey defeated La
Résistance in the finals of a Tag Team
Turmoil match to win the World Tag Team Championship.
Not long after winning the titles, Stacy Keibler
joined Rosey and The Hurricane as their sidekick,
Super Stacy. In August 2005, Rosey and The Hurricane
lost Keibler as their sidekick when she and Christy
Hemme were traded to SmackDown! On September 5,
2005 Hurricane and Rosey were defeated by Lance
Cade and Trevor Murdoch during their debut match
on Raw. Though this was a non-title match, the
pair earned themselves a title match at Unforgiven.
During the title match, Murdoch delivered an elevated
DDT on The Hurricane to the outside. The DDT caused
Hurricane to suffer a storyline "stinger"
and allowed Cade & Murdoch to beat the injured
Hurricane later in the match to win the World
Tag Team Titles.
The loss of the titles signaled the end of the
team. During the next few weeks, the pair began
a losing streak, mainly caused by Hurricane's
on-screen injuries. During the October 17 episode
of Raw, The Hurricane was assaulted by Kurt Angle
at the request of Vince McMahon. After the beating,
footage was shown of The Hurricane ripping off
his mask and striking Rosey because he did not
help him fend off Angle. The next week, The Hurricane
no-showed a World Tag Team Title match, leaving
Rosey to face the champions alone. During the
match, The Hurricane (out of costume) appeared
at the top of the entrance ramp, reverting back
to his real name, Gregory Helms, and watched as
Rosey was double teamed and defeated. After the
match, Helms announced that he was fed up with
being funny for the crowd, and that he was sick
of carrying Rosey as a tag team partner. This
turned him into a villain in the process. On the
November 7 edition of Raw, Helms and Rosey faced
off in singles action, in what was Rosey's last
match in WWE. Helms won the match after performing
the Shining Wizard. Subsequently, Helms wrestled
mostly on Raw's sister show, Heat. On WWE.com's
Unlimited, Helms talked about his frustrations
with not only not being on Raw in recent weeks,
but also regarding Jerry "The King"
Lawler making comments about him on the December
26, 2005 edition of Raw.During Raw on January
2, 2006, Helms confronted Lawler about the comments,
and Lawler responded that when Helms was The Hurricane,
"he was at least half-entertaining, but now
he's just a guy that sucks". Helms responded
by slapping Lawler, who responded back in kind
by punching Helms and sending him out of the ring.
This confrontation led to Lawler defeating Helms
in a match at New Year's Revolution.
Cruiserweight Champion and injury (2006–2007)
At the 2006 Royal Rumble, Helms won SmackDown!'s
WWE Cruiserweight Championship, even though he
was, at the time, a superstar on Raw, in an Open
Invitational to all former Cruiserweight Champions.
Helms won after hitting the shining wizard on
Funaki. He made his return to the SmackDown! brand
in February 2006, to start a feud with Nunzio,
Kid Kash and the other cruiserweights. During
this time, Helms defeated Nunzio in a one-on-one
match. The next week, he was supposed to defend
against Kid Kash, but Kash was away on a family
emergency, so Scotty 2 Hotty took his place. Helms
defeated Scotty 2 Hotty and cut a promo saying
he was better than all the cruiserweights. At
this point, all the cruiserweights at the show
invaded the ring and attacked Helms. It was later
announced by SmackDown! General Manager Theodore
Long that at the No Way Out pay-per-view event,
Helms would face all the cruiserweights in a match
for the title. Helms was able to retain the championship.
Later, Long mandated that Helms had to defend
his title against a cruiserweight each week on
SmackDown! to prove that he truly was better than
all the cruiserweights. Helm's first defense under
this new rule was against Psicosis of The Mexicools;
Helms once again retained with help from the ropes.
On the March 10 edition of SmackDown!, Long told
Helms that he did not have to defend his title
due to the fact that he had a broken nose, which
he suffered during a SmackDown! trip to Brisbane,
Australia. Instead, Long put Helms in a champion
versus champion match against the United States
Champion, Chris Benoit. During the match, Helms
narrowly escaped a Sharpshooter and left the ring.
His escape was blocked, however, by four other
cruiserweights - Kid Kash, Noble, Paul London,
and Brian Kendrick - who grabbed Helms and threw
him back into the ring where Benoit locked in
the crossface for the win. The "I am better"
storyline was dropped after he was injured. Helms
underwent successful surgery on his nose and was
expected to miss five to six weeks. During this
time SmackDown! announcers stated that Helms had
a no-compete clause in his contract allowing him
to waive the thirty day title defense rule due
to any injury. Helms returned to the ring on the
April 28 edition of SmackDown!, teaming with MNM
to face London, Kendrick and Super Crazy in a
six-man tag team match. Helms continued to
defend his belt during pay-per-views, but he made
more regular appearances on SmackDown!'s sister
Helms continued defending his title against other
cruiserweights, while on occasion facing off against
SmackDown!'s other title holders in champion versus
champion matches. Helms faced World Heavyweight
Champion Rey Mysterio on June 16 and United States
Champion Bobby Lashley on July 7 but lost both
matches. Eventually, Helms became the longest
cruiserweight champion in WWE history, as well
as the longest reigning champion of any kind in
SmackDown! history. For much of late 2006, he
feuded with Matt Hardy, who Helms exchanged several
victories with in matches on SmackDown!. In Helms',
and Hardy's, hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina,
at the 2006 No Mercy event, Hardy beat Helms.
The two rivals also joined opposing teams at Survivor
Series, where Helms was in Team Rated-RKO, and
Hardy was in Team DX, but Team Rated-RKO lost.
Helms went on to feud with Jimmy Wang Yang over
the Cruiserweight Title, after a tag team match
where Hardy and Yang defeated Helms and Sylvan.
The feud ended after Helms defeated him to retain
the title at Armageddon in December 2006. At this
point, he had held the Cruiserweight Title for
a record of over 365 days, more than doubling
the former record set by Tajiri who held the WCW
(then carried over into WWF) Cruiserweight Title
for 162 days during and after the Invasion Angle.
The last male wrestler to have held a WWE title
for a full year was Gillberg who held their now
defunct WWF Light Heavyweight Championship from
November 17, 1998 until February 8, 2000.
In 2007, Helms once again feuded with the entire
Cruiserweight division on SmackDown!. During this
feud with the Cruiserweights at No Way Out, Helms'
reign as Cruiserweight Champion finally came to
an end when he was unable to win a Cruiserweight
open invitational, which saw Chavo Guerrero walk
out as the new champion. Ironically, shortly before
WrestleMania 23, Helms formed a tag team with
Guerrero, but they didn't win any matches as a
team.bOn May 18, 2007 WWE reported that Helms
had broken two vertebrae in his neck, one of which
was pressing on his spinal cord. He underwent
surgery with Dr. Lloyd Youngblood to repair them
approximately one week later. A few weeks later
Helms was announced to be out for a year due to
his neck injury.
Return from injury (2008-present)
Helms returned on the September 19, 2008, edition
of SmackDown. Throughout the show, he appeared
in short video promos, called "Hurrapops",
referring to himself by his old ring name "Hurricane
Helms", and mocked heel superstars including
Shelton Benjamin and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder.
On following weeks, he mocked several other superstars
in the "Hurrapops", ending each promo
with the phrase, "I'm just sayin'!"
On the November 28 episode of SmackDown, a "Hurrapop"
appeared in which Helms announced that he would
make his return to the ring on the next episode
of SmackDown. On the December 5 episode of SmackDown,
Helms defeated Montel Vontavious Porter in his
is currently dating TNA Knockout Jamie Szantyr,
better known by her TNA ring name Velvet Sky.
He is also a childhood friend of Matt and Jeff
Hardy, as well as Shannon Moore. His mother, Karen
Helms, died on December 19, 2007.
Helms is a comic book fan, and one of his favorite
characters is the Green Lantern. He has a tattoo
on his biceps which is the Lantern's logo and
his original WWE character, The Hurricane, was
inspired by the Green Lantern. In 2008, he got
a new tattoo, one of the word "Helms"
on his upper back. Helms owns a motorcycle called
"The Hurri-Cycle" which he got when
he was using The Hurricane gimmick, as seen on
The Hardy Show, The Hardys internet show, on which
he appears. He also performed as the stunt double
of actor David Arquette in the movie Ready to
On March 19, 2007, Sports Illustrated posted on
its website an article in its continuing series
investigating a steroid and HGH ring used by a
number of professional athletes in several sports.
That article mentioned several current and former
WWE wrestlers (Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Kurt
Angle, and Edge), including Helms who was alleged
to have obtained HGH. WWE has since made a statement
on this situation, mentioning that the allegations
preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched
in April 2006. On August 30, 2007, an article
by Sports Illustrated named Helms and nine other
wrestlers to be given growth hormone not in compliance
with the WWE Talent Wellness program. He was said
to have received testosterone, HGH and nandrolone
between November 2003 and February 2007.
On May 6, 2008, Helms was assaulted in a club
in Johnston County, North Carolina, by an acquaintance,
Dustin Narron. An argument between the two of
them led to Narron hitting Helms in the face.
Narron was later charged with assault and battery.
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