– GamesRadar.com recently interviewed former WWE Superstar and current producer Shane Helms, who discussed his love of comics and also his Hurricane Helms superhero character in WWE. Below are some highlights.
Shane Helms on taking a comic writing course taught by Ron Marz: “I had a great experience working with Michael Kingston and it was awesome to see my name in print as a writer in a comic book, but that just scratched the itch temporarily. I love comics and I have stories that I want to tell so when the COVID pandemic hit and I got furloughed from WWE back in April, I looked at this free time as an opportunity to try and educate myself a little more on the inner workings of comic book development. I’ve always been a fan of Ron Marz’s work and I got a lot out of taking his course.”
Helms on the love he was giving to comics back int he early 00s: “As a kid, comics helped me a lot and I’d love to be able to help anyone with the same joy and wonder that comics gave me. And to be honest, in the early ’00s, years before the big superhero boom in Hollywood, I don’t think there was anyone that was giving comics as much mainstream love as I was. I once gave a Green Lantern shirt to Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of pro wrestling’s most popular wrestlers ever on Monday Night Raw when that show was cable’s highest-rated live show. Millions of people saw that. People started buying Green Lantern shirts just to wear to WWE shows because I didn’t have any Hurricane shirts at the time. That’s literally why I got my first T-shirt made. I’ve always appreciated what comics have done for me and I just want to be able to share some of my stories with the world.”
On the creation of the Hurricane character in WWE: “It was actually WWE’s idea. I had a pretty successful amateur career and never envisioned myself as a comedy character or a character of any kind, to be honest. I just wanted to be a wrestler. The head writer of Monday Night Raw at the time, Brian Gewirtz, had always wanted to do a superhero-based character, but never found the right guy until I came along. I had the Green Lantern tattoo on my shoulder, I wore comic-related T-shirts all the time, so it was no big secret that I was a huge comic fan. The timing was perfect.”