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Terrance Guido Gerin (born October 7, 1975) is an American Professional Wrestler from Dearborn, MI best known for his work in ECW, WWE and TNA as either Rhino or Rhyno. He debuted in 1994 as Terry Richards, competing in the Detroit independent scene and doing some TV jobs for WWE and WCW. He changed his name to Rhino Richards and, along with working in the Midwest and Canada, also competed for the Catch Wrestling Association in Austria/Germany. In 1999, he debuted in ECW simply as "Rhino," as muscle for Steve Corino in Corino's feud with Taz. He would go on to hold the ECW World Television Title twice and would be the final ECW World Heavyweight Champion. After ECW closed, he signed with WWE and debuted, renamed "Rhyno," on the March 19, 2001 Raw, aligning himself with his old allies Edge and Christian from their days in the Canadian indy scene. He would switch to the Alliance.

Over his time in WWE, he would hold the WWE Hardcore Title three times and the WCW United States Heavyweight Title once. After WWE released him in 2005, he went off to TNA where he reclaimed the original spelling of "Rhino." He would hold the NWA World Heavyweight Title once. He later spent time in Ring of Honor before going back to the independents. He later returned to WWE in 2015, and became one half of the first ever Smackdown Tag Team Champions alongside Heath Slater. He was released from WWE in 2019, and has since returned to TNA (now known as Impact Wrestling).

"These tropes are going to feel the GORE! GORE! GORE!":

  • Action Politician: He decided to run for the Republican House of Representatives in Michigan and later won the primary. Oh, and he Gored Heath Slater on the same night.
    • Depending on how the 2016 election goes, he might be the first person to hold office AND a championship belt.
  • Animal Motif: He's got a sea star tattoo...but seriously, rhinos.
  • The Alcoholic: It runs in his family, having killed his father, turned him away from his daughter and ruined his marriage. Rhino was very offended when James Storm thought pouring liquor down Rhino's throat was a good joke and James Storm was offended that Rhino was offended by free beer.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He Squashed the Sandman for the ECW World Heavyweight Title at the end of ECW's final PPV, Guilty As Charged 2001, meaning ECW had a heel as its final Champion.
  • The Big Guy: As a face.
  • The Brute: As a heel. Both are especially evident when he's in a Power Stable.
  • Determinator: His first NWA World Title reign in TNA came on perhaps the greatest showing in Rhino's career. At Bound for Glory 2005, Rhino was already booked for a four-way "Monster's Ball" hardcore match against Raven, Jeff Hardy and Abyss. Not only did he win that match, but due to Jeff Jarrett's scheduled challenger Kevin Nash being unable to compete, he later won a 10-man Gauntlet for the Gold match for the #1 contendership, then beat Jarrett to win the title, all on the same night, undergoing a Heel–Face Turn in the process. He would drop the title less than a month later, but he'd remain a face for some time to come.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Not only being the one wrestler in WWE who'd agree to team up with Heath Slater during his 2016 "Free Agent" storyline in order to give him a chance to compete for a job in the Smackdown Tag Team tournament, but the two of them winning and becoming Tag Team Champions! To say people were surprised would be a huge understatement.
  • The Dragon: To Steve Corino, though he was The Brute for the Network.
  • The Face: Of TNA in IPW:UK and the 2007 King Of Europe Cup.
  • Hot-Blooded: During a match with pre highlander Rory on Sunday Night Heat Rhino's head actually turned beat red before his comeback.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He explained that he joined Immortal because he needed the money to help him take care of his children.
  • Leotard of Power: He has several, the design sometimes depending on who his tag team partner is or which stable he is a part of, but this is what he always wrestles in and they are pretty much always black.
  • The Napoleon: Rhino is not a small man and is used to being among the largest men on any given roster. In WWE however, there were many larger men such as Rosey and Kane, though it was clear Rhino still thought of himself as the big guy and had a hard time accepting he no longer was.
  • No-Sell:
    • No sold a series of punches and elbows from Rockstar Spud. Then Spud started doing knife edge chops to which the crowd chanted "Woo" but Rhino still wasn't selling anything.
    • Rhino wrestled New Jack during late period ECW. Jack spent most of the match beating him with every weapon available, only for Rhino to no-sell a guitar to the head and hit the Gore for the win.
  • Older Than They Look: With the exception of a brief period in 2015 where he tried on the overgrown beard look, the man has looked the same for the past 15 years.
  • Phrase Catcher: Paul Heyman constantly screamed "GORE! GORE! GORE!" whenever Rhyno nailed someone with the move.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Kinda short for a wrestler but built like a tank. His arsenal consists mostly of power moves.
  • Power Stable:
    • (Canadian indies): THUG Life (with Adam Copeland, Christian Cage, Joe E. Legend, & "Bloody" Bill Skullion)
    • (in ECW): The Network
    • (in WWF/E): Team RECK, The Alliance
    • (in TNA): Planet Jarrett, The TNA Front Line, Immortal, EV2.0
    • (in ROH): The House of Truth, The Embassy, S.C.U.M.
    • (in JAPW): D-Factor
  • Psycho for Hire
    • Certainly in ROH. His first role was as Prince Nana's bodyguard, then he was switched to the House of Truth then S.C.U.M. used him to attack Jay Lethal.
    • For La Legion Extranjera in AAA
    • One of many working for Ethan Carter III in TNA.
  • Put on a Bus: After doing Immortal's dirty work, he was denied a new contract.
  • Ramming Always Works: GORE!! GORE!!! GORE!!!!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Ethan Carter III in the August 20, 2014 episode of TNA Impact Wrestling.
  • Red Baron
    • (in ECW): "The Rookie Monster," "The Big F'n Deal"
    • (in WWE): "The Man-Beast"
    • (in TNA): "The War Machine"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Chris Benoit's blue.
  • Rhino Rampage: Of course. Tazz described Ethan Carter III's demands that he face him as throwing him to Rhinos.
  • Screaming Warrior: He talks a lot in the ring in general, and when it's not Trash Talk it's this.
  • Sell-Out
    • He turned on EV 2.0 for Eric Bischoff's Immortal, because Eric Bischoff could ensure his income.
    • He claimed to have personal reasons for siding with Dixie Land but Ethan Carter III came clean and said Rhino was only with him because ECIII paid well.
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • Versus Title: XICW 158: Rhino vs. Williams III(Petey Williams was on a team of three), XICW 159: Rhino vs. Sabu, XICW 160: Rhino vs. The DBA, XICW 165: Rhino vs. Mr. Insanity(Jimmy Jacobs was also involved in the main event), XICW 166: Rhino vs. Jacobs(no Mr. Insanity)
  • The Worf Effect: Despite once being the face of TNA, his record in the company isn't always so impressive. He held the NWA World Heavyweight Title belt for less than a month and in his first two years in the promotion he averaged about one win every 120 days.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He piledrove the Sandman's wife Lori through a table back in ECW. He's gored Jacqueline(as a baby face no less) and Mercedes Martinez!
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Rhyno.

Alternative Title(s): Rhino