Shane “The Hurricane” Helms is one of the most influential wrestlers of recent times.
While Rey Mysterio Jr. brought the masked Lucha Libre style to the mainstream, Hurricane Helms was a pioneer of the comic-book-loving superhero wrestler.
So it was fitting when Helms appeared at Florida Supercon earlier this month. At South Florida’s largest comic book and pop culture convention, Hurricane Helms seemed to fit right in among the Deadpools, Batmans and Supermans.
During his solo panel on July 7, Helms made note of wrestlers like John Cena and CM Punk who are very open about their nerd passion. “Where were these guys back then?” he said with a laugh.
Helms said it was not the cool thing to do when he first started. However, the gimmick paid off, and he has stayed with it for more than 10 years.
Helms also spent a lot of time wrestling in Japan and brought a special wrestling move with him to America - the Shining Wizard. “I was the one who brought that to America. The Great Mutoh created it. I created a variation, but he was glad that I kept the original name,” he said.
Unfortunately, fans did not get to see the move when he wrestled in a Florida Super Championship Wrestling match on July 5. However, they did get to see him team up with Link from the Legend of Zelda and comic book hero the Green Arrow to face Bane, the Joker and Black Adam from DC Comics.
Fans chanted 3-Count during the match and received a special treat, thanks to Helms’ comments before the convention.
“To this day, I’ll get 3-Count chants. On Twitter, I said if you chant 3-Count, I’ll dance.” And dance he did.
Helms was also kind enough to chat with South Florida Teenlink for a special Q&A.
Teenlink: What is it like behind the scenes? Is it like some super hero league where everybody bands together for the most part? Or is it more like the movie Mean Girls?
Helms: It depends on the company. Some you like, some you don’t. It’s professional.
Teenlink: Who makes your costumes?
Helms: When I was in WWF (now called WWE), they had their own seamstress. A fan in Japan offered. Now, JD Maverick makes them all.
Teenlink: If 3 Count was still around today, could Fandango join the group?
Helms: Sure, he could probably teach us how to dance. To this day, I’ll get 3-Count chants. On twitter, I said if you chant 3-Count, I’ll dance.
Teenlink: The life of a wrestler, I’ve read, is extremely difficult. What would you like to change to make it better for you guys?
Helms: If on TV full-time, I’d say more of a vacation. Give guys a couple weekends off. You get a short amount of opportunities, gotta take advantage.
Teenlink: Do you see a way of taking care of wrestlers in the long run? How would that be possible?
Helms: That would definitely be nice. It’s really strange, only the top guys make enough to retire. To be successful, you have to be dedicated to the business but you gotta do something on the side. It will all end eventually.
Teenlink: You were in a motorcycle accident in 2011. How has that affected you? And what has going through something like that taught you about yourself?
Helms: The physical toll was pretty traumatic. I almost lost my left food. I spent a lot of time at home. It brought me and my lady closer and we got a son out of it.
Teenlink: What gave the idea to start Highway to Helms?
Helms: Jeff Katz, the producer of “Freddy vs Jason.” He started this project and he wanted me to be a part of it. I was hesitant at first but it just took off on its own I just want to keep it positive.
Teenlink: Who are you planning to have on the show next?
Helms: Mick Foley. Chris Jericho just asked me. I wanna bounce between big stars and lesser known; give lesser known guys a chance to get their names out there.
Teenlink: You are very open and outspoken about pretty much everything. Has that ever gotten you into trouble?
Helms: Oh yeah. There’s gonna be people that disagree with me. I’m honest with everything and I try not to be hypocritical.
Teenlink: Let’s say a movie was being made about you, Matt, Jeff and Shannon. What actors would you cast for the roles?
Helms: Johnny Depp would be Jeff. Who would be me? Denzel. Ryan Reynolds would end up being me because I hated “the Green Lantern.” Shannon and Matt would play themselves or with themselves.
Teenlink: Have you ever cosplayed (outside of wrestling) before? If not, who would you cosplay as and why?
Helms: At the San Diego Comic-Con, I dressed up. Fans didn’t think it was me. They thought I was dressed up as me. I was also wearing my red costume. On the second day, I wore my green one and they still didn’t think it was me.
Teenlink: You recently appeared on “the JBL and Cole show.” Does that hint at a possible return to WWE? What can you tell me?
Helms: It was a little bit of a foreshadowing. They were in Raleigh and I was in Raleigh. I was just there to see some friends. We’ll see what happens.
While we wait on his WWE return, fans can catch Helms on his podcast “Highway to Helms,” available to download on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shane-helms/id451207663?mt=8.
Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ShaneHelmsCom. The masked wrestler often live tweets WWE Raw on Monday nights.
Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/shanehelmscom and follow him on Tumblr at shanehelmscom.tumblr.com.
Finally, visit his website at shanehelms.com for more information.
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction.
Worst movie in the world you wish had never been produced: The Purge. Terrible. There was no payoff. Nothing redeemable about it at all.
Boy Meets World or Full House: Neither. Never watched. Wrestling was my favorite show. And “the Incredible Hulk.”
Marvel or DC comics: Overall, there’s more Marvel characters that I like but I don’t see why fans choose sides. I just like comics.
Worst wrestling gimmick you’ve ever seen: Probably Ding Dong from NWA or early WCW. Or The Gobbeldy Gooker. It was a giant egg and during Survivor Series, it hatched. Hector Guerrero did it.
Best finishing move you’ve ever seen: The Vertibreaker. Call me biased but that’s the best.
3 Man Band or 3 Count: 3 Count all day.
Show you wish they’d cancel: The Kardashians.
Show you wish hadn’t been canceled: WCW.
Number of clean socks in your drawer at home right now: I’ve got a bunch. I’m a clean guy.
Number of selfies you take per day: I take a lot of my girlfriend and my son and my cats.
Vine: There are some that are really fun. There are people that aren’t paid to be entertaining and there’s a reason.