Lance Storm (real name Lance Evers) is a professional wrestler best known for his time in ECW, WCW, and WWE. He started training alongside fellow Canadian wrestler Chris Jericho, with whom he would team with and occasionally feud with off and on around the world, including the WAR and FMW promotions in Japan and several independent promotions in Canada. After a brief tenure in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling, they went their separate ways (though both ended up in the same promotions, it was never at the same time till 2001).Lance Storm found success in ECW tagging with Chris Candido and later forming the Impact Players with Justin Credible, with the beautiful Dawn Marie by their side. Eventually he left for WCW, where he is best known for holding the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship, and the WCW Hardcore Championship all at once. He awarded his Team Canada ally "Primetime" Elix Skipper the Cruiserweight Title, and awarded the Hardcore Title to another Team Canada member, Pierre Carl Ouelette.Lance later started working for WWE when they purchased WCW in 2001, being the second WCW wrestler to win a WWE Title.note The first was Storm's former Team Canada ally Mike Awesome, who defeated Jeff Hardy for the WWE Hardcore Title on the July 12 (taped July 10) SmackDown! He was fairly successful in WWE, winning the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title and forming a successful Foreign Wrestling Heel Tag Team with Christian, who won the WWE World Tag Team Championship from Edge and Hulk Hogan, of all people. He also had a similar run with William Regal as his partner. Eventually he retired from full time in-ring action to become a trainer, first for the WWE's developmental program before creating his own school, the Storm Wrestling Academy, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is also a regular guest on Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez.As usual, you can find the basics about his career at The Other Wiki.
10-Minute Retirement: Originally intended to retire following a match against Jericho at ECW One Night Stand. He's since wrestled a few matches since his supposed retirement, but these matches almost always involve other close friends of his such as Bryan Alvarez, Christian, and ECW alumni. One notable exception was a match against Bryan Danielson at Ring of Honor.
Boring, but Practical: In WCW he used a half crab (later renamed the Straight Shooter) as a finisher. Previously the half crab had been more of a resthold; this was explained as Storm just being better at applying the hold than anyone else.
Breakup Breakout: The Marty Jannetty to Chris Jericho, although very successful compared to most Jannettys and more successful than Jericho in WCW. Arguably the Shawn Michaels to Justin Credible, whose main event ECW run is overshadowed by Lance's upper midcard WCW run.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, eh?: Especially when he was part of Team Canada the Un-Americans. His wrestling attire was often red and white or incorporated maple leaves in some way.
Card-Carrying Villain: Even at ECW One Night Stand 2005, where ECW was supposedly all on the same side against the Raw and SmackDown! "invaders," he still relied on cheating (Justin Credible hitting Jericho in the head with a Singapore Cane while Dawn Marie distracted the referee) to win, even though there would have been no way for Storm to get disqualified.
The Comically Serious: This was put to an end after Stone Cold got the crowds chanting boring at him and he began teaming with Val Venis in an effort to make it stop.
Composite Character: Style is a blend of Bret Hart-esque mat and submission wrestling and high flying similar to a young Shawn Michaels. He's even used both of their finishers (Sharpshooter and Superkick) at various points of his career.
Cool Teacher: Called such by many talents in OVW, whom Lance would talk up on his website when he deemed any ready for the main roster. He later got a booking deal because of his work at the Storm Wrestling Academy. Also trained ECW teammate Justin Credible.
You'll see a lot of this on the Q&As of his website.
Q: What is the most difficult thing you have ever tried to do in the ring? A: Convince people I enjoyed doing the cabbage patch.
In fact, when someone asked him if he would mind being referred to as "The Soup Nazi, but for wrestling questions," he replied "Not in the least." If you send the man a question and he thinks it's stupid, he won't mince words.
Even when presented a student's over the top serial rapist gimmick, his first response was "well, if you're going to rape people, you need to have better facial expressions."
Flat Character: At one point during his WWE run. After Stone Cold Steve Austin came out onto the stage during one of his matches and chanted "Booorrrinnngg" before taking out a pillow, laying down and snoring into the microphone, he resolved to become more charismatic.
Gag Penis: During the last period of his WWE career.
Happy Dance: A lot of viewers did not realize what the gimmick was supposed to be, so he had a bit of a double take when people told him Victoria stole his gimmick, until he realized they were referring to her dancing for no reason.
Gimmick Matches: Like a stereotypical Canadian, Lance Storm is a vocal fan of "pure wrestling" matches. He is not a very big fan of table matches due to a phobia of screws somehow getting into him.
Jack-of-All-Trades: In WCW when he collected every undercard title, his success was attributed to his being this. Although he wasn't the best at any one style, he was above average in just about every style and could usually find and exploit a stylish mismatch against his opponent.
Jerkass Has a Point: When Storm arrived in WCW he ended up teaming with Billy Kidman. Kidman made fun of Lance regularly, and would do stuff like dance around behind him and make faces while he was talking. Storm finally turned on Kidman, but to be fair Kidman was really asking for it.
Meaningful Rename: In WCW, renamed the United States Heavyweight Title to Canadian Heavyweight Title, the Hardcore Title to Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title, and the Cruiserweight Title to The 100kg and Under Title.
The Impact Players name was a reference to Sudden Impact, the name for Jericho and Lance in Japan. Their victory pose was lifted directly from the Shawn Michaels/Diesel and DeGeneration X victory pose (Justin Credible was something of a fringe member of The Kliq. Scott Hall mentored him backstage in his Aldo Montoya days, leading to him traveling with them. In February 2001, he made his WWE TV return by running in to make the save for X-Pac.)
Lance used to wear the WCW Monday Jericho shirt in ECW and years later in Ring of Honor started using Fozzy songs as entrance music.
Unrelated Brothers: According to Lance Storm, the Hardy Boys, The Steiner Brothers, The Usos and the Mcmahons are not really related. The only real siblings in professional wrestling are him and Victoria.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Chris Jericho. While he credits Jericho for keeping him in the business, he would also shoot down any of Chris's lame ideas for ring names, finishers, etc. with brutal honesty.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Lance shutting down one finisher name, The Boomstick, in 2007 became funnier in 2012, when TNA's Jay Bradley used it as his finisher's name.
Wrestling Family: A running gag on his website was that The Hardy Boys and everyone else anyone cared to ask about were not really related because he and Victoria were the only true siblings in wrestling. Victoria mentioned on byte this that she did not really mind.