Gregory Helms

  • Born: 07/12/1974 in Smithfield, North Carolina
  • Birthname: Gregory Shane Helms
  • Height & Weight: 6'0", 200 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)
  • WWF European Championship
  • WWF Hardcore Championship
  • World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Kane (1) and Rosey (1)
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship
  • WCW Hardcore Championship – with Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore

Helms first began wrestling in 1991 at the age of 16, and wrestled in numerous independent promotions, including the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts, winning numerous light heavyweight and tag team championships. In 1999, he signed with WCW, and gained fame as “Sugar” Shane Helms, a member of 3 Count.

During his time there he won both the WCW Hardcore Championship and the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. When WCW was bought by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), 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 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 as Hurricane Helms, before moving to the ECW brand where he reverted to his Gregory Helms name, and became the backstage interviewer.

In mid-2009, he brought back The Hurricane character, and appeared as both Gregory Helms and The Hurricane on the ECW brand. After the ECW brand ended, Helms was released by WWE in February 2010, however he returned as a surprise entrant in the 2018 Royal Rumble match. He has also worked for Impact Wrestling & Ring Of Honor as a wrestler, manager, and producer.

Notable Feuds

w/ 3 Count vs. The Jung Dragons

w/ Lance Storm vs. The Hardy Boyz

vs. The Rock

vs. Nunzio

vs. Kid Kash

vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

vs. Smackdown Cruiserweight Division

vs. Shelton Benjamin

vs. Paul Burchill

Other Notable Achievements

CCWA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

ESW Tag Team Championship – with Johnny Adams

NDW Tag Team Championship – with Mike Maverick

NWA Wildside Tag Team Championship – with Shannon Moore

NAPW Light Heavyweight Championship

OMEGA Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Mike Maverick

PWI International Heavyweight Championship

SCW Heavyweight Championship

SCW Tag Team Championship – with Mike Maverick

SWA Light Heavyweight Championship

TCW Texas Tag Team Championship – with Lenny Lane

WWO Light Heavyweight Championship

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award: Best Gimmick (2001)