Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Maple Leaf
Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WCW Cruiserweight Champion; WCW United States Champion; WCW Hardcore Champion; ECW Tag Team Champion
Lance Storm: Bio
"If I could be serious for a moment" was how the always serious Lance Storm usually started his addresses to ECW, WCW and WWE fans. What he was most serious about was being from what he considered the greatest wrestling city in the world: Calgary (dramatic pause) Alberta, Canada.
Sure, one of Shawn Michaels' trademarks is his double-bicep pose in the ring. But let's be honest -- especially you ECW fans -- wasn't Lance Storm's pose as a member of the Impact Players better? And only Storm could make a single leg Boston Crab pretty with the roll-through version he called the Canadian Maple Leaf.
It's not surprising that Storm was so graceful and technically sound in the ring. He was one of many technicians trained in the famous or infamous -- Hart Dungeon. Storm made his debut against another Dungeon alumnus, Chris Jericho, in 1990, and shortly thereafter, the two became partners in a team called Sudden Impact. The team turned heads on the Canadian independent wrestling scene and toured Japan until parting ways in 1992. From there, Storm wrestled all over the world, from Asia to Germany to Lebanon and Austria, making a name for himself while becoming versed in different styles of mat prowess. He briefly reunited with Jericho under a new tag team name (The Thrill Seekers) when he wrestled for the Tennessee-based Smokey Mountain Wrestling. But then he returned to Japan to perform for Wrestle Association "R" (WAR).
At this point, Storm was a wrestling vagabond. His experience was extensive, but he was still unknown to most U.S. fans. That would change when Storm heard these letters for the first time: E-C-W.
Lance Storm first made an impression on U.S. fans, particularly the hardcore wrestling fans in Philadelphia, when he won the ECW Tag Team Championship with Chris Candido from fellow world travelers, Doug Furnas & Phil Lafon. But Storm really made an impact as a member of the Impact Players along with partner (and former protégé) Justin Credible. Accompanied by both Jason and Dawn Marie, the Impact Players were one of the most dominant units in ECW history, winning two ECW Tag Team Championships and waging memorable wars against Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Jerry Lynn, Sandman and Sabu, among others. Incredibly, Storm never held singles gold in ECW. But after entering WCW in 2000, no singles champion was safe.
Storm arguably had the most successful run of his career in WCW, winning the United States Championship, the Cruiserweight Championship and WCW's version of the Hardcore Championship. At one point, he held those three championships simultaneously and made a run at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, but WWE Hall of Famer Booker T turned back his challenge. Storm formed a faction, Team Canada, and had a rivalry with Gen. Rection's Misfits in Action for several months before WCW folded in 2001.
Afterward, Storm brought his expertise to WWE. Storm won the World Tag Team Championship four times with three different partners (Christian, William Regal and Chief Morley, aka Val Venis) and the Intercontinental Championship.
Storm retired from a full-time wrestling schedule in 2004 and has helped train some of WWE's greatest Superstars since then. As a trainer in WWE's developmental system in Louisville, Ky., he helped Melina, Johnny Nitro, Mr. Kennedy, Jillian Hall, Bobby Lashley, Mickie James, Dolph Ziggler and Kenny Dykstra, among others. Storm has since opened his own wrestling school, Storm Wrestling Academy, and has trained WWE's Tyler Breeze and Emma.
In his own way, Hart Dungeon alumnus Lance Storm is carrying on the legacy of Stu Hart while forging his own in sports-entertainment.