Former WWE European Champion, Shane ‘Hurricane’ Helms has discussed being a surprise entrant in the 2018 Royal Rumble Match.
One of WWE’s most anticipated events, the Royal Rumble is more that just who moves on to a main event spot at WrestleMania. A big part of the event itself is which names from yesteryear might show up for one last hurrah or to re-live the glory of years past.
Through the years, notable returns have included Diesel in 2011, Mr. Perfect in 2002, and even Bob Backlund in 2000. However, one more recent notable surprise saw The Hurricane enter the 2018 Men’s Royal Rumble Match.
Speaking to Fightful, Helms, gave some insight into what goes into being a surprise entrant:
“30 minutes before the Royal Rumble, we were hidden. A lot of the people in the actual match didn’t even know we were going to be there. The pay-per-view had already started, and they sneak us in the building. That was a cool moment too because I get to see the boys’ reaction to me. Some of the guys lit up and guys from production that I knew from nearly a decade before. That was a super special moment on a personal level. The fans didn’t get to see that, but that was very cool.”
During the same interview, Shane Helms also revealed the idea behind who would go on to eliminate him in the match:
“The idea was for me to get in there with Cena. There was going to be a couple of other guys. ‘Think about who you could do something best with.’ So of course I pick Cena (laughs). It was a play off of my Rumble moment with Steve Austin and Triple H (in 2002). They were two of the top guys. If I’m gonna be in there, that’s what I would do,” At first Cena was like ‘Ah, I don’t want to be the one to throw you out.’ I said ‘whether I’m King Kong or not, I think I am. I have to go after Godzilla.’ He started laughing and I knew I had him there.
He’s the ultimate good guy, but when I explained it to him, you could see him grinning. I would have been cool if he said no. I was going to swing for the fences. Here’s how cool Cena is — if he’d have said no, it wouldn’t happen. It’s going to be quick, in and out, but if Cena says no, it doesn’t happen. It just worked out perfectly, and that pop was ridiculous. As far as us being one-on-one, that was the first time we touched.”
Helms returned to his producer role in WWE in November 2020 after a period of furlough, after making a surprise cameo during AEW’s Elite Deletion match between Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara at the company’s All Out event.
With only 9 WWE Superstars currently declared each for both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches in 2021, all eyes are now on the countdown timer to the second biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Credit for the interview: Fightful