Gregory Shane Helms
(b. 1974) is an American Professional Wrestler
best known for his work in WCW
as Shane Helms
and in WWE
as The Hurricane
and as Gregory Helms.
He debuted in 1991 when he was only 17 working various Carolinas independent promotions, including the Hardys
' OMEGA promotion. He signed with WCW in 1999 and was teamed with Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias as 3-Count,
a wrestling Boy Band
. They feuded with the Jung Dragons, and, after WCW died in 2001, WWE picked up Helms' contract. He debuted as part of the InVasion/Alliance angle and was repackaged as the Hurricane, a superhero parody gimmick. He stayed until 2010, when he went back to the independents. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a 3x WCW/WWE World Cruiserweight Champion
, a former WCW World Hardcore Champion
, a former 2x WWE World Tag Team Champion
, holding the belts 1x w/Kane
and 1x w/Rosey, a former WWE Hardcore Champion
and a former WWE European Heavyweight Champion
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"Eye of the Tropes":
- Alter Ego Acting: As reporter Gregory Helms during the Hurricane gimmick.
- Arch-Enemy: Paul Burchill, who tried to prove that The Hurricane and Gregory Helms was one and the same.note
- Breakup Breakout: From 3-Count.
- Catch Phrase: "Whazzup with that?"
- Determinator: Seeing his doctor after having trouble doing push ups it was determined Helms had a broken neck and had been that way for at least a week!
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Thanks to a distraction from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the young superhero upset The Rock!
- Face-Heel Turn: After having enough of being funny for the crowd as The Hurricane
- Finishing Move: Several.
- Friend to All Children: As the Hurricane, Helms would present a mask to a lucky young fan at ringside, a nod to Bret Hart's tradition of giving away his Cool Shades before a match.
- I Am the Noun/Badass Boast: As he told Josh Matthews on the February 3, 2006 SmackDown!, "I AM the Cruiserweight Division!"
- Lethal Joke Character: That seemingly wacky goof with the green cape and the mask? Beat The Rock and nearly upset Triple H if not for a timely distraction by Ric Flair
- Likes Older Women/Romance on the Set: Had an offscreen relationship with Ivory after he arrived in WWE, the year she turned 40 and he was 27.
- One Hero Two Sidekicks: At first his only side kick was Mighty Molly. She turned on him and he later mentored Rosey the S.H.I.T. and Super Stacy.
- One Steve Limit: The reason Shane Helms became Gregory Helms (so viewers wouldn't hear Shane and think of Shane McMahon). Became a moot point after he became Hurricane Helms and then simply The Hurricane.
- Plucky Comic Relief: As The Hurricane, which he got tired of and unmasked and went with his real name.
- Power Stable: The Alliance
- Red Baron: "The Suicide Bomb," "The Show," "The Serial Thrilla," "Sugar"
- The Rival: His civilian guise has been on and off with Matt Hardy since childhood.
- Rule of Funny: His being a 200 lbs. cruiserweight who attempts to chokeslam The Big Show.
- Secret Identity: Sort of. The fans all know who he is, but go along with it anyway, and boo every Rudo who doesn't.
- Tag Team:
- Assault and Battery/The Serial Thrillaz, with Mike Maverick
- The Bad Street Boys, with Shannon Moore, Joey Matthews and Christian York.
- The fan-nicknamed duo of HurriKane
- A Power Trio with Rosey and "Super" Stacy Keibler.
- Take That: When WWE bought WCW, two of the wrestlers whose contracts they bought up were Helms' and Buff Bagwell's. Helms got into a real-life fight with Buff Bagwell at WWE's training facility. Helms came out without a scratch and Bagwell needed medical attention. Bagwell was gone from WWE shortly after putting on a notorious stinker of a match against Booker T on the July 2, 2001 Raw. Sometime after Helms adopted the Hurricane gimmick, he incorporated Bagwell's Finishing Move the Buff Blockbuster (top-rope somersault into a neckbreaker) into his offense, with the announcers calling it the "Overcast." Raised to the level of a Genius Bonus for those fans who recognized the move, since Bagwell never got the chance to hit the move himself on WWE television.
- Took a Level in Badass: Surprisingly, Hurricane's stock went up for a duration after jumping over to Raw, winning the Tag Titles with Kane, competing against established main-eventers like The Rock and Triple H (actually beating the former!) and main-eventing a Raw himself with the likes of Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash as tag partners. He did slowly fall back into the midcard by mid-2003, but remained a mainstay of Raw until his unmasking in late 2005.
- Unintentional Period Piece: 3-Count's original theme, due to these lyrics:
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Hurricane fears clones, identical twins and broccoli, according to WWE magazine.
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: 3-Count.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair