Real Name: Lance Evers
Date of Birth: April 3, 1969
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Finisher: Canadian Maple Leaf
ECW Title History: ECW Tag Team Title (3 times)
Notable Titles Held: WCW U.S. Title (3 times)
was born in Sarnia, Ontario, but his family soon moved to North Bay, Ontario.
Always drifting towards athletics, Evers weight trained vigorously and
played basketball and track in high school, though his true passion lied
in Volleyball. After graduating as an Ontario Scholar, he moved on to the
University at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. At the University,
Evers studied business and continued playing volleyball until disagreements
with his coach led his career to an untimely end. It was then that Lance
began looking at wrestling.
Lance enrolled at the Hart Brothers Pro Wrestling Camp in Calgary, where he first met longtime friend Chris Jericho. The training in Calgary was grueling, both men training in the “dungeon” for several hours every day. But Lance would soon reap the benefits.
Evers (now known as Lance Storm) made his pro debut for a promotion called the Canadian Wrestling Connection. He did double duty that night, wrestling Chris Jericho to a 15 minute draw and then returning to win a battle royal in the nights main event. Most rookies are not given such an immediate push, but the promoter saw something in Storm, something many would see in the years to come.
In the following years Storm wrestled in countless independent promotions all around the world. Prior to his ECW debut, Storm had competed in Japan, Germany, Austria, and even Lebanon. He then found his way to Jim Cornette’s Smokey Mountain Wrestling, where he once again hooked up with Chris Jericho to form the Thrillseekers. Unfortunately, the great SMW was short lived due to financial strains. Storm continued working Canadian indy shows and occasional tours abroad until he found his way to ECW.
History: Lance signed with
Extreme Championship Wrestling in February of 1997 and wrestled a solid
debut match against Balls Mahoney. In April of that same year, ECW made
their pay-per-view debut with Barely Legal. Lance went up against Rob Van
Dam in what turned out to be a tremendous contest. Following Barely Legal,
Lance put his singles career on hold and began teaming with “No Gimmick
Needed” Chris Candido. The tandem made for a fantastic team, which was
solidified on December 6, 1997 when they won the ECW Tag Team titles in
a three-way dance against Doug Furnas/Phil LaFon and Balls Mahoney/Axl
Rotten. Unfortunately, the Storm/Candido alliance did not last far past
this victory. Candido’s ego and his wife Tammy soon got in the way and
before long the two were clashing in the ring.
In August of 1998, Storm introduced the world to his new manager/valet, the lovely Dawn Marie. The two were good friends, both in and out of the ring, and remain so to this day. After drifting through various singles matches, Storm made possibly his most famous alliance to date. Storm and the young sensation Justin Credible formed the Impact Players with Dawn Marie and “The Sexiest Man Alive” Jason accompanying them to the ring. The Players soon became one of the most formidable forces in ECW, capturing the tag titles on two occasions. Then the WCW rumors began.
|It was hardly a secret that Lance had signed with World Championship Wrestling, but the events of Cyberslam 2000 sealed the suspicion that many had. As an injury angle took Lance out early in the card, Credible challenged the newly crowned World Champion Tommy Dreamer to an impromptu match. Credible won the match and the strap, and proceeded to throw down the tag titles. Storm did receive a title shot at Hardcore Heaven 2000, a match some considered to be his finest to date, but he unfortunately came up a bit short. Shortly after this match, Storm formally announced his jump to WCW.|
He Doing Now: Upon arriving in WCW, Lance received an unprecedented push.
Within a few weeks of his debut, he captured the U.S. title (which he has
now held three times), as well as the Cruiserweight and Hardcore straps.
He formed Team Canada, a faction that has included Mike Awesome, Elix Skipper,
Carl Oulette, and even legend Jacques Rougeau for a short time.
Since Vince McMahon’s purchase of WCW, Lance made a cameo appearance at Wrestlemania XVII and has reportedly signed a contact with the “new” WCW. He is currently working the indy circuit in preparation for the re-launch and is expected to be a torchbearer for WCW in the future.
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