by "Rockin" Robin Drodge
Date: October 16, 2004
On April 3, 1969 a boy was born and his name was Lance Evers. He was born in Sarnia, Ontario, however he grew up in North Bay, Ontario, where most of his family still lives today. The high school he attended was named West Ferris Secondary School. Lance was involved in various sports, some of which include Volleyball, Basketball and competed in Track and Field. However, Lance's main focus was on playing the game Volleyball, which he still misses to this day. He excelled in Academics in Maths and Sciences. Lance graduated from High School as an "Ontario Scholar". After graduating High School he attended the University of Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario, where he enrolled himself into an Honours Business Program. He decided at that time to play Volleyball at the University for the Golden Hawks. He played for approximately a year and a half and then decided to give it up because he lost interest and felt it wasn't something he wanted to do, so he decided to give wrestling a try. In June 1990, he hopped on a flight to Calgary and enrolled himself into the Hart Brothers Pro wrestling Camp that was scheduled to start in July, where he never looked back. He received his training in the Dungeon at the Hart house. The first day of the camp he met Chris Jericho. The way that the Camp training schedule ran was three hours a day, five days a week, duration of eight weeks. Even though it was hard, it was worth it for Lance, because he got to train to become a wrestler.
Lance made his pro debut on October 2, 1990 on an independent promotion called the Canadian Wrestling Connection. His first match was against a person who had trained with him, Chris Jericho. They wrestled to a 15-minute time limit draw. As a wrestler, Lance was known as "Lance Storm" not "Lance Evers". He also wrestled in some other Canadian Independent Organizations such as Stampede, WFWA (IWA) out of Winnipeg and Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling. While in the WFWA out of Winnipeg he met Don Callis for the first time and later in their careers became close friends. In the first year, Lance tagged up with Chris Jericho as a tag team known as Sudden Impact. They teamed up for a year and a half before they went their separate ways, where Lance got to become a singles wrestler.
On October 10, 1991, Lance, only one year into his career went to Japan. He and Jericho wrestled in Japan for a two and a half week tour. They had a lot of success in Japan and Lance truly enjoyed that experience.
In May of 1993 he was offered a two-week trip to Beirut, Lebanon. At the time, because of political reasons, no American wrestlers could be booked on this tour, however they were booking Canadian wrestlers. Lance didn't enjoy everything about this trip. However, the one good thing that came out of it was he got to room with Mando Guerrero where he learned a lot from him.
Sometime in 1997, Lance Storm signed with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW™) full time. He came in and was a part of a tag team known as the Impact Players. He had a great time with Dawn Marie and Justin Credible. Lance Storm and Justin Credible, were the cream of the crop when it came to tag team wrestling. Lance won three ECW™ tag team championships. When financial problems became an issue he had to seek other employment opportunities, so he moved on; splitting up with his Impact Players tag team partner and left ECW™. Lance really enjoyed his time with ECW™, especially the time he spent with the Impact Players and the opportunity to work with his best friend Justin Credible.
Later, he moved on to World Championship Wrestling (WCW™). Lance did not have a lot of time in WCW™. In fact his time with the Company was only one year and he only worked nine months out of that year. Once he started with WCW™ he got a big push from the beginning and he captured the WCW™ United States, Hard Core and Cruiserweight Championships very quickly and held all of the three titles at the same time.
By this time, Lance had become an anti-American character. He decided to rename his three WCW™ titles to Canadian names. For example, The United States Championship became the Canadian Heavyweight Championship. The fans were not happy with his decision to do this.
He wrestled for the Company and had some good feuds with the Misfits In Action (MIA) and the filthy animals. This continued until the WWF at that time purchased WCW™ and some of the individual contracts of WCW™ wrestlers, Lance Storm being one of them.
Lance wrestled the very last WCW™ Nitro show that took place from Panama City Beach, Florida, on Monday, March 26, 2001. Lance was also the last person to leave the dressing room that night. Then on May 28, 2001 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on RAW™, Lance made a surprise run-in. He was the first WCW™ superstar to appear on WWF television at that time. The fans gave him a good reaction once he did the run-in.
At the time the WWF did an invasion of WCW™ superstars appearing on WWF television. They were supposed to set up a feud between both Companies to help out with the talent they had at that time.
This happened but the feud did not go over that well. They brought back ECW™ and merged with WCW™ in which they were referred to as the "Alliance".
After Lance's run-in on RAW™ in Calgary he won his first WWF Intercontinental Championship on RAW in Buffalo, New York, on July 23, 2001.
Afterwards, he was put into a group called the "Un-Americans". The original members included Storm, Christian, and Test. Later on, William Regal joined them. Storm and Christian teamed up and defeated the team of Edge and Hulk Hogan to win the WWE™ Tag Team Championship. At this time the WWF™ name had changed to WWE™ so the name of the titles had to be renamed to WWE™. Lance won his first tag team championship in the WWE™ at that time.
On a SmackDown™ live event in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in July of 2002, the team of Storm and Christian faced the team of the Big Valbosky and Hardcore Holly for the WWE™ tag team championship. In the United States, the Un-Americans got booed everywhere they went, however once they were in Canada all this changed and the fans had made them fan favourites or "baby faces". The fans were into this match a great deal, and I remember this very well. I attended this live event along with a few of my friends and it was the loudest ovation that I ever heard for Storm and Christian. I don't think either Storm or Christian could believe their ears. It was a very good match with Storm and Christian coming out of the match still with the Tag Team Championship. A while later, not sure when, the Un-Americans broke up and then Storm teamed up with William Regal. They won two tag team championships as a team, and for most of the time feuded with the Dudley Boys over the titles. Later, William Regal had some kind of health issues and could not wrestle for a long time, leaving Storm with no tag team partner. Val Venis, who was a "heel" and went by his paternal last name of Morley was a part of the Eric Bischoff staff. He was the Chief of staff, known as Chief Morley. Lance teamed up with him and won the tag team championship, but it did not last long. Sometime later, the Sheriff of RAW™ "Stone Cold" Steve Austin came out and he said that Lance's matches were boring. So now Lance was being referred to as "Boring". This lasted for a while, it seemed as though every time Lance started to wrestle, the fans would start a "boring chant". After that was over, Goldust gave him some advice. He was trying to show him a different technique to his personality. The promos they did backstage were very funny. This led to a "baby face" turn for Lance and resulted in him and Goldust teaming up for a short time. This team did not last long because Goldust had suffered an elbow injury putting him on the injured list, which resulted in Lance wrestling on his own as a singles wrestler. He was put into a feud with Test. Test, of course, was the "Heel" so this led to a series of matches on TV and on live events. Not only was Lance wrestling on his own as a "baby face" but he was also dancing.
On Saturday, October 4, 2003, the RAW™ Superstars came to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador for a live event. The Superstars arrived Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the live event, which was scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Myself and a few friends went to the St. John's Airport to see if we could meet some of the wrestlers in person. I had an opportunity to talk briefly with Lance Storm. He was a very nice person, I had a picture taken with him and he autographed a book for me. That night at the live event he wrestled Test. Test came out and bragged to the fans about the warm weather in Florida compared to Canada. When Lance came out to the ring he got a loud reaction as the "baby face" for this match. Lance, thanks to the help of Stacy Keibler who was at ringside, helped him win the match. Then Stacy got on the microphone and asked the fans if they wanted to see her dance. She said that she would only dance if Lance would dance with her. He agreed and the fans really enjoyed it. It was a very good event.
From there, Lance still as a "baby face" teamed up with Val Venis, but this time he was known as Val Venis (not Chief Morley) and he was a "baby face".
On Sunday January 11, 2004, once again the RAW™ Superstars returned to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, for a live event. This time it saw Lance Storm and Val Venis team up to take on the tag team of Travis or Tyson Tomko and Kevin Fertig, who was a new tag team unknown to the fans. The fans were really into this match, however it was mostly for Lance Storm instead of Val Venis. The fans kept screaming in the match "we want Storm" and they did this a lot. Every time that Val Venis got tagged into the match the fans would not react to well to him. Once Lance was tagged into the match the fans were happy. Lance and Val Venis won the match with the move known as "the Hart attack".
Lance was a very good wrestler and he had some good promos. Some people say that the WWE™ really did not know what to do with him. I don't know if this is correct or not. He did not get to wrestle at Wrestlemania in a match, which was one thing he wished that he had the opportunity to do. He also wished he had the opportunity to wrestle Chris Benoit.
On April 19, 2004, in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, where he lives, Lance Storm wrestled his very last match against Steven Richards in front of the live fans in attendance for RAW™ that night. It was a match taped for Sunday Night Heat that would air on TV, April 25, 2004. No one knew that this was Lance Storm's last match. On April 26, 2004, on Lance Storm's official website he announced he would be moving on. He did not say that his career was over in the ring but for right now he was stepping away from the ring and would be pursuing other opportunities. In his Column he indicated he had accepted a job as a Trainer at the WWE™ Developmental Territory called Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). He will teach and assist upcoming wrestlers that one-day could appear in the WWE™. He really enjoys this Trainer position because he will get to spend more time at home with his wife and children. Another reason that he stepped away from the ring is that he was having back problems and the number of days being on the road as a wrestler was taking a toll on him. Who knows, he may return in the future to wrestle one more time but no one knows if this will happen. Lance still updates his website which is located at www.stormwrestling.com and he posts a weekly column. He is a very good person, he tries to answer the fans questions and also provides some very good insight into his career, such as things he enjoyed and things he didn't. Lance enjoys watching movies and reading books, in fact, he has a book club on his website.I am sure that Lance Storm will be remembered as a very good wrestler and for entertaining the fans, whether he was a "heel" or a "baby face" he always entertained them. I am sure that Lance Storm will not be forgotten as a Canadian and for all of his work in the ring.
This has been another addition to The Canadian Connection written by your author, "Rockin" Robin Drodge.
© 2004 Robin Drodge, All Rights Reserved
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