Monday Night RAW has seen it’s fair share of upsets down the years, but maybe none are remembered more fondly than The Hurricane rolling up The Rock to claim victory in March 2003.
Shane Helms debuted in WCW in 1999 as part of ‘3 Count’ alongside Shannon Moore. Helms would enjoy success in the Cruiserweight division in the dying embers of the promotion before featuring as a member of The Alliance, during the now infamous Invasion angle. However, it wasn’t until Helms donned his now trademark cape and superhero outfit later in 2001 that he enjoyed his most famous run.
By 2003 The Hurricane was firmly established as a well loved comedy character as he began a mini feud with The Rock. By this time The Rock was well on the way to transcending wrestling and becoming one of the biggest stars on the planet.
With his eyes fixated on a third and final WrestleMania showdown with Stone Cold Steve Austin, a now heel Rock, repeatedly mocked Hurricane in backstage segments, producing some thoroughly enjoyable television along the way.
This all led to a meeting between Hurricane and The Rock on the March 10th episode of Monday Night RAW. As the highly entertaining contest began to come to a close, Stone Cold appeared at the top of the ramp and marched to the ring, stopping just short climbing through the ropes, which caused The Rock to take his eye off the ball, getting rolled up Hurricane for the pin in the process.
It was a win that shocked the world, as well as The Great One, and now reflecting on his landmark victory, Hurricane described the match as “a debt I can never repay” before adding “So much respect for The Rock.”
Following the shock defeat The Rock would go on to finally beat Stone Cold at WrestleMania in what was the Rattlesnake’s final competitive outing. The Brahama Bull then entered a short feud with a debuting Goldberg before ending his full time WWE in-ring career shortly after.
Hurricane continued to win the hearts of fans on RAW until reverting back to a more serious character after moving to SmackDown and claiming the Cruiserweight Title in 2006. Since leaving WWE in 2010 Hurricane has made occasional surprise appearances as well as working backstage as a producer.
Meanwhile, The Rock has recently been celebrating an anniversary of a different kind, marking 25 years since his in-ring debut.