3MB vs. 3 Count: Behind the music

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November 07, 2012

3 Count

Get up on your feet
Put your hands together
Sing along with 3 Count
We’ll party up forever

Like something torn from the pages of a mid-1990s Teen Beat magazine, 3 Count skipped into WCW in 1999. Boasting some good in-ring skills and some great dance choreography, 3 Count — composed of Evan Karagias, Shannon Moore and Shane Helms — noticeably lip-synced their theme songs, “Can’t Get You Outta My Heart” and “Dance With 3 Count,” during their entrances, setting the stage for their “unique” matches.

A long rivalry with fellow WCW Cruiserweights the Jung Dragons and a three-way split of the WCW Hardcore Championship defined the trio’s time together in WCW. But as a musician far less talented than 3 Count once said, “All things must pass.” As it has happened so tragically with so many bands before, the in-fighting began in 2000. Moore and Helms accused Karagias of attempting to steal the spotlight, leading to his dismissal from the group. That proved to be the beginning of the end as 3 Count unceremoniously dissolved in 2001.

They are remembered for their impressive teamwork, as evidenced by being able to dance and fight in unison, and their supreme confidence in their own abilities, even if some might argue it was slightly misplaced. That self-assurance and attention-seeking bravado allowed them to overcome limitations in size, talent and popularity to carve out a niche for themselves in wrestling history as a notable music-loving trio.

But, now there could be some “new kids in the block.”

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