A lot can happen in one year, and Gregory Helms knows that better than anyone. For almost all of 2006, Helms was the Cruiserweight Champion, reigning longer than anyone who had ever held that gold before. Unfortunately, 2007 won’t be as fruitful, as Helms will spend the rest of 2007 on the sidelines.
After an exam with world-renowned Dr. Lloyd Youngblood, it was determined that Helms will need surgery to repair two broken vertebrae in his neck. The surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Youngblood in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, will be similar to that undergone by such Superstars as Edge and Chris Benoit, and recovery time will be at least one year before Helms can return to the ring.
“I’ve been having a great deal of pain in my neck and back for the last couple weeks, but I thought it was just one of those injuries we always get, like a pinched nerve or something,” Helms told WWE.com in an exclusive interview.
Unfortunately it wasn’t, as an MRI and further testing found the full extent of the damage.
“It turns out that I have two cracked vertebrae, and one of them is pressing into my spinal cord,” Helms revealed. “One is just demolished, and they told me that the pain I had outside my neck was pretty common; they call it pain referral. One is pressing so far into the spinal cord that I could risk paralysis if I kept going. We get bumps and bruises all the time, and I’ve been to the hospital before thinking something was wrong when I was just banged up, so I thought that this time too. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this pain is 24/7.”
Helms was busy this past weekend, with four SmackDown live events in three days, and it was about halfway through Saturday when he realized his injury was something substantive.
“Right before the second show in White Plains, I was trying to do some calisthenics and I couldn’t do my pushups. I thought maybe I was just tired, but when I tried to flex my triceps, it wouldn’t stiffen up. That made me think I had some nerve damage, so I talked to the trainers and Dr. Rios and they sent me for the MRI.”
Helms has always been known to give 100 percent every time he steps in the ring, and that didn’t stop once he knew something was wrong.
“I teamed with Chavo Guerrero in all four of my matches this weekend and he kept telling me to take it easy, but you know me.”
Helms has had plenty of support from his friends and fellow Superstars in the locker room, but the thought of sitting out a year brings out unfamiliar emotions.
“We have a pretty supportive locker room. Edge actually called me and everybody’s been standing behind me, which helps a lot,” an emotional Helms said. “I've been around a long time, and when the doc told me I couldn’t wrestle again for a year, that’s when the emotions really set in.”
The worst part, Helms said, was actually telling his family about the injury.
“My love for sports-entertainment came from my dad’s love for it,” Helms revealed, pausing a moment to collect his thoughts and emotions. “My father and I bonded over sports-entertainment, we used to watch together when I was a kid. He’s kind of lived vicariously through my career now as I’ve progressed, and it was really hard to tell him.”
One thing Helms is sure of: WWE hasn’t seen the last of him.
“Realistically, it’s hard to think of the future when you’re not sure if there is one, but anyone that knows me knows I’m a 100 percent guy,” Helms said. “It’s going to be a year of hard work and rehab, but WWE hasn’t seen the best of me yet so I can’t go out on a down note.”
Rob Van Dam's match with Snitsky on Tuesday could have very well been his last match ever in WWE. Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch is reporting that RVD is officially done with World Wrestling Entertainment as of last Wednesday. WWE felt that keeping RVD around and burying him on TV was not worth it and it was better to get him off TV as soon as possible.
His contract wasn't going to expire until late June at the earliest, but WWE officials cut that short because RVD said he would not re-sign with them and they had nothing for him until then. Despite the early release, RVD has a no-compete clause, and thus he can't show up in TNA next week for instance.
He is expected to sign with TNA after a long deserved summer break. If and when he joins TNA, it will probably be in September at the earliest. TNA is trying to land a two hour slot for the fall season on Spike, so if they end up getting it, they'll probably hold him off for the two hour show's debut.
Angle Stripped Of The TNA World Title - "iMPACT!' News & Video Impact Results
May 17th, 2007 22:01 NEWS AND VIDEO FROM THURSDAY’S “iMPACT!” ON SPIKE TV Angle Stripped Of The TNA World Title – King of The Mountain Announced By Bill Banks
There are several major news items to report from Thursday’s “iMPACT!” on SpikeTV as TNA prepares for the upcoming “Slammiversary” Pay-Per-View event!
KURT ANGLE STRIPPED OF THE TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE – CORNETTE ANNOUNCES KING OF THE MOUNTAIN MATCH Following last Sunday’s “Sacrifice”, controversy surrounded the TNA World Heavyweight Title, as Kurt Angle, Christian Cage and Sting all claimed they should rightfully be champion. As a result of what took place at the Pay-Per-View, Jim Cornette stripped Kurt Angle of the TNA World Title and announced that a new champion would be crowned in the King of The Mountain Match at Slammiversary! The first qualifying bout took place on Thursday night, with Angle beating “The War Machine” Rhino to advance to the Pay-Per-View bout!
WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN STING AND THE FALLEN ANGEL? Also on Thursday night, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels defeated Raven in a “First Blood” match, but things got strange after the bout when Daniels approached Sting backstage and began speaking to the icon. Daniels told Sting “I’m committed to the path – just like you told me” and that Daniels had taken to heart the advice Sting had apparently given him. A confused Sting told Daniels his recent actions are not what he intended by his words. What is the link between Sting and The Fallen Angel? Hopefully we’ll find out more to this intriguing story.
WHO IS MANAGER JAMES MITCHELL’S NEW “CREATURE”? Does maniacal manager James Mitchell have a new prospect to manage in TNA? According to an interview with Mitchell that aired on Thursday night, he is set to unveil a new “creature” in Total Nonstop Action that will be a force unlike the promotion has ever seen! Now that Mitchell has cut ties with Abyss, when will we see this new force under the guidance of the evil manager? Tune into “iMPACT!” to find out!
OTHER NEWS ITEMS FROM THURSDAY’S “IMPACT!” -
- Robert Roode has sued Eric Young for everything he’s worth! On Thursday’s “IMPACT!”, Roode served Young with legal papers saying that although he can’t fire him, he will take every cent he owns.
- X Champion Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley defeated the team of Jerry Lynn and Tiger Mask. After the bout, Sabin and Shelley continued their attack, which brought our Mr. Backlund and “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal to help Lynn and Tiger Mask.
- During a backstage interview, Sonjay Dutt personally apologized to Kevin Nash for attacking him at the Sacrifice Pay-Per-View. Nash accepted the apology, but said he wouldn’t be as forgiving if anything happened in the future.
PREVIEW FOR THURSDAY’S (5/24) HUGE “iMPACT!” ON SPIKE TV The road to “Slammiversary” continues for TNA Wrestling By Bill Banks
This Thursday night, TNA Wrestling returns to SpikeTV at 9pm as we continue down the road to the Sunday, June 17 “Slammiversary” Pay-Per-View event with one of our biggest broadcasts to date! The below is a preview of what will take place on the program:
KING OF THE MOUNTAIN QUALIFYING MATCH: STING VS. “THE SAMOAN SUBMISSION MACHINE” SAMOA JOE This Thursday night on SpikeTV, another TNA star will get the opportunity to advance to the King Of The Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Slammiversary! In a huge marquee bout, it will be the icon Sting taking on “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe for the first time ever in singles action! What will happen when two of TNA’s top forces collide? Who will get the win to advance? Tune in and find out!
TEAM 3D AND THE STEINER BROTHERS: FACE TO FACE! At the end of Thursday’s “iMPACT!”, The Steiner Brothers made a surprise appearance in Jim Cornette’s office and demanded to get Team 3D in the ring this Thursday night on SpikeTV! According to rumors, The Steiners have something they want to say to TNA World Tag Team Champions Brother Ray and Brother Devon! What will happen when two of the most decorated tag teams in wrestling history are face-to-face this Thursday night? It will certainly be history in the making!
THE LATIN AMERICAN XCHANGE VS. CHRISTIAN CAGE & TOMKO Also signed for this Thursday night is a huge tag team match featuring tag team kingpins The Latin American Xchange taking on the team of “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage and Tomko! Can Konnan lead Homicide and Hernandez to the win against Cage and Tomko and another shot at the TNA Tag Team championship? Or, will Cage and Tomko continue to dominate the six-sided ring? Tune in and find out!
KIP JAMES AND LANCE HOYT VS. BASHAM AND DAMAJA W/ CHRISTY HEMME Also on Thursday night, we’ll get an update on the condition of BG James, who spent this past week in the hospital following the attack at “Sacrifice” by Damaja and Basham. On the broadcast, it will be Lance Hoyt stepping up to the plate to join Kip James in tag team action against Christy Hemme’s team!
Also this Thursday night, we’ll get an update on the lawsuit Robert Roode has filed against Eric Young! All this and much more Thursday night starting at 9pm on SpikeTV!
WWE has come to terms on the release of Sabu. We wish Sabu all the best in all future endeavors.
There is a radio show called "The Strangle Hold that aires on Tuesday nights so I listen sometimes on the way home. Well they announced the people above and there is a good chance Sabu is let go as well. Sabu came to the Smackdown/ECW tapings tonight 2 hours late and without wrestling gear. He has been sent home.
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MORE NEWS AND NOTES FROM SUNDAY’S ACCLAIMED “SACRIFICE” PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT Catch the replay all week long on Pay-Per-View By Bill Banks
On Sunday night, Total Nonstop Action delivered what many are calling one of the best wrestling Pay-Per-Views of the year with the three-hour “Sacrifice” spectacular. You can catch the replay all week long on Dish Network, DirecTV, InDemand, TVN, Viewer’s Choice Canada and many others.
There are several major news items to report from Sunday’s epic event…
- Obviously, both “Wildcat” Chris Harris and “Cowboy” James Storm had to be attended to by medical personnel following their bloody and violent classic at “Sacrifice”. Storm, in particular, was badly cut after being catapulted face-first into the bottom of a table by Harris. Storm received further damage after being hit in the face by Harris with a beer bottle. The bleeding from both TNA stars was so extensive that TNA officials were forced to change the ring canvas before the next bout.
- Also on Sunday night, the world witnessed the reunion of one of the most legendary tag teams in wrestling history – The Steiner Brothers! Following the Pay-Per-View, both Steiners avoided discussing the possibility of teaming up again. However, TNAwrestling.com has learned that Rick Steiner told friends after the Pay-Per-View that he plans to be at Monday’s SpikeTV tapings in Orlando.
- In a strange turn of events at Sacrifice, “The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels - still bloodied from his bout with Rhino earlier in the night - was seen attempting to talk to Sting in the backstage area. In recent weeks, Daniels has been using Sting’s black bat and wearing a Sting mask. Plus, this was the first time we’ve seen Daniels speak since his return at Destination X. What is going on involving Sting and Daniels? Tune into “iMPACT!” to find out.
- In a bout that truly defined Total Nonstop Action, Robert Roode’s TNA stock skyrocketed on Sunday night as he defeated “The King Of The Mountain” Jeff Jarrett. Following the bout, Roode and Ms. Brooks attempted to double-team Jarrett, but Eric Young hit the ring and joined Jarrett in applying figure-four leglocks to both Roode and Brooks!
New World Champion Crowned At Sacrifice - Kurt Angle! News
May 13th, 2007 23:57 KURT ANGLE IS THE NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION Major news items from Sunday’s “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View By Bill Banks
There are several major news items to report from Sunday’s “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View extravaganza, including the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion! Replays are available all week long on InDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Viewer’s Choice Canada and more! Call your local cable or satellite provider for availability!
KURT ANGLE CROWNED NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION History was made at Sunday’s “Sacrifice” as Kurt Angle claimed the World Heavyweight Title in the three-way bout against former champion Christian Cage and Sting. Cage tried all he could to stir the hatred between Angle and Sting, but in the end, it was Angle getting Sting to tap out to the Ankle Lock just as the icon was scoring the pin on Cage. As a result, Kurt Angle is the new World Heavyweight Champion! Tune in Thursday night on “iMPACT!” on SpikeTV for more news on this huge title change!
- Team 3D retained the World Tag Team Title on Sunday night in the three-way bout against The Latin American Xchange and Scott Steiner & Tomko when 3D got the pin on Tomko. However, there was big news after the match as “The Dog Faced Gremlin” Rick Steiner made his return to join brother Scott in the ring as “Big Poppa Pump” and Tomko were about to fight! Did Scott call his brother Rick in as backup? What will Tomko have to say about all this? Tune in Thursday night on “iMPACT!” to find out!
- X Champion Chris Sabin retained his title on Sunday night over “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt. After the bout, a frustrated Sonjay Dutt attacked Kevin Nash and nailed him in the knee with a dropkick before leaving the ring. Later, an enraged Kevin Nash said that Dutt had crossed the line and that he would kick his @#$ this Thursday night on “iMPACT!”.
- In the Texas Death Match, “Wildcat” Chris Harris defeated “Cowboy” James Storm in a bloodbath that saw both Jackie Moore and Gail Kim get involved. Harris got the win after smashing his former partner with the same beer bottle that blinded him months ago!
- “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe got the win over “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles after Joe tricked Styles into thinking he was injured. Earlier in the bout, Styles attempted to pull the same stunt, but Joe eventually turned the tables on him.
- In the four-way X Division match, it was Jerry Lynn getting the win against Alex Shelley, Senshi and Tiger Mask when Lynn beat Shelley. After the bout, Chris Sabin hit the ring to help Shelley assault Lynn, which brought out Mr. Backlund to chase off the brash X stars.
- “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels used a baseball bat to get the win over “The War Machine” Rhino, but Rhino exacted his revenge after the bout. Rhino bloodied Daniels and attempted to hit him with a piledriver through two steel chairs, but TNA security stopped him before he could do so.
- On Sunday afternoon during a meet and greet with fans, Damaja and Basham attacked BG and Kip James, injuring BG and forcing him out of the bout. As a result, Kip James went it alone against Christy Hemme’s team. Damaja and Basham were eventually disqualified during the bout, but not before they did their damage to Kip.
PREVIEW FOR THURSDAY’S “IMPACT!” ON SPIKE TV – WORLD TITLE CONTROVERSY? By Bill Banks
This Thursday night, Total Nonstop Action returns to SpikeTV with the aftermath of the “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View event!
NEW WORLD CHAMPION KURT ANGLE TO SPEAK OUT Scheduled to appear is new World Heavyweight Champion, the Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle – but there is controversy surrounding his title win at the Pay-Per-View event. Angle is scheduled to speak out this Thursday night, but TNAwrestling.com has also heard that both Sting and Christian Cage are furious over what went down on Sunday night. What will happen when these three combustible elements are in the same arena this Thursday on SpikeTV? Tune in and find out!
X CHAMP CHRIS SABIN & ALEX SHELLEY VS. JERRY LYNN & TIGER MASK In tag team X Division action this Thursday night, it will be X Division Champion Chris Sabin teaming up with Alex Shelley to face X pioneer Jerry Lynn and New Japan star Tiger Mask. After the aerial display these stars put on at Sunday’s “Sacrifice”, what amazing moves will these X Division stars showcase this Thursday on SpikeTV?
MAJOR NEWS REGARDING THE JUNE 17 “SLAMMIVERSARY” PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT In addition, TNAwrestling.com has learned that TNA management director Jim Cornette will have some major news regarding the upcoming “Slammiversary” Pay-Per-View event as TNA celebrates five-years of Total Nonstop Action!
Also this Thursday night, Kevin Nash plans to beat a lesson into Sonjay Dutt after Dutt attempted to attack Nash at the Pay-Per-View. Will Nash make good on his threats? Will Dutt have the guts to show up and take his punishment? Tune in and find out!
All this and much more this Thursday night on “iMPACT!” on SpikeTV, with all of your favorite TNA stars appearing including World Tag Team Champions Team 3D, The Latin American Xchange, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, Eric Young, the TNA Knockout babes and many more!
Jeff Hardy def. Trevor Murdoch Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella def. Chris Masters (non-title match) Candice Michelle def. Victoria Bobby Lashley def. Jonathan Coachman Carlito def. Val Venis Shawn Michaels def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge (non-title match)
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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