MCW Commissioner Shasta announced earlier this week his BIG announcement that had been promised for quite some time. After lengthy negotiations between both sides, the contract that will change the world of MCW Championship Wrestling has been signed!
Rhino is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship (last champ in original ECW), and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once each. He is also a three-time WWF Hardcore Champion, a two-time (and final) ECW World Television Champion and a one-time United States Champion, which he won in the WWF during the Invasion storyline.
Rhino debuted in ECW in 1999. Rhino quickly joined forces with Steve Corino and Jack Victory. Rhino and Corino challenged Tommy Dreamer and Raven for the ECW World Tag Team Championship at Anarchy Rulz, but were defeated. In late 1999, Rhino began feuding with The Sandman, and at November to Remember he teamed with the Impact Players to defeat Dreamer, Raven, and Sandman.
On March 12, 2000, Rhino lost to Super Crazy in the finals of a tournament for the ECW World Television Championship at Living Dangerously. He won the title on April 22, defeating Yoshihiro Tajiri at CyberSlam.
Throughout mid-2000, Rhino continued to feud with The Sandman, defeating him in title matches at Hardcore Heaven and Heatwave. In the course of Rhino’s match with The Sandman at Hardcore Heaven he delivered a piledriver to The Sandman’s wife and valet, Lori. At Heatwave, Rhino attacked the couple before his match and attempted to force Lori’s head into a toilet.
Rhino won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on January 7, 2001 at Guilty as Charged, defeating Sandman in a squash match immediately after The Sandman had won the title from Steve Corino in a three-way tables, ladders, chairs, and canes match.
Following the closure of ECW, Rhino signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation. He debuted on the March 19, 2001 episode of WWF Raw under the ring name Rhyno as a heel, aligning himself with Edge and Christian. Rhyno went on to help Edge and Christian defeat The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at WrestleMania X-Seven.
Rhyno, Edge, and Christian went on to form a stable with Kurt Angle known as Team RECK, with all four members reaching the semi-finals of the King of the Ring. Rhyno was eliminated from the event by the eventual winner, Edge. He went on to compete for the Hardcore Championship, which he won on three occasions in mid-2001.
Later that year, Rhyno joined “Team ECW”. The stable, led by former ECW owner Paul Heyman, went on to merge with a rival stable of WCW alumni later that night, forming the infamous Alliance faction.
Rhino has had a tremendous career in ECW, WWF/WWE, and more recently TNA and Ring of Honor Wrestling. It is clear that MCW has made a strong hire which, as commissioner Shasta has stated, has put all MCW wrestlers on notice.
You can find out more information about Rhino’s first MCW appearance at MCWpro.com.
Watch Rhino vs. Abyss at TNA Against All Odds 2006