On a recent Smackdown exclusive Shane Helms talked about what it was like being at the last Monday Nitro.
On what the atmosphere was like in the locker room that night:
“There was a talent meeting earlier in the day. Shane McMahon walked in the room, and you could’ve heard the proverbial pin drop in there. That was the paradigm shift in the business. The war was over. My team had lost. There were a lot of mixed emotions.”
On the plans being kept a secret:
“Leading up to that we had heard different rumors. Some of that was WCW trying to keep things close to the vest. Some of it was WCW just trying to keep morale up. They wanted us to not know the situation that we were in, and I get that, but we heard so many rumors that I didn’t know what to believe. Nobody did, no matter what they say.”
On being hopeful that he would be picked up by WWE:
“Well selfishly, I was the Cruiserweight champ. So I was like, if I can get out of here with this championship tonight, they at least got to bring the champions. That was my hope. I was confident in my career at the time, my trajectory at the time, but I was only in WCW just over a year. It wasn’t like I had a lot of longevity. There was a lot of superstars above me on the ladder that had a lot more longevity, a lot more star power, a lot more name value.”
On how WWE being the only show in town created problems but made the locker room the strongest it’s been:
“It did create a vacuum, but it also created the most stacked roster that there’s ever been. ECW’s gone. WCW’s gone. All the major stars are under one roof now. And I had to come along as the Hurricane and compete against that. It was very interesting. I do sometimes ponder, not a lot, but what would’ve happened if WCW had stayed alive?”
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