Helms’ work with The Rock is looked at fondly, viewed by fans among the most memorable and entertaining segments during his WWE career.
“It was great, and Rocky really pushed for that,” Helms said. “He was a huge fan of the character and the entertainment aspect of the character. We did one promo segment backstage, and that was that was planned. There was nothing planned after that, but just that one backstage segment. It was so well received by not only the fans, but production people. One of the top guys in production said it was one of his favorite segments ever up to that point. We had a little interaction in a battle royal later that night.
“We went and locked up and started going at each other. That kind of snowballed into something else. To this day and I feel like I did a lot of good stuff in my career, it was one of the things fans constantly bring up, my interactions with the Rock. The Rock actually tweeted me a couple of days ago about how fun it was.
“We did those things live. It wasn’t like those things were pre-taped. There was one of them where you see me turn my head because I’m trying not to laugh, but I could get away with my character being goofy like that. So it worked. He was a great guy to work with.”
Much like Batman had Batgirl and Robin, the Hurricane was joined by his own sidekicks Rosey and “Mighty” Molly. Helms said it was WWE’s idea. The two ended up adding another layer to his character.
“It was never my intention for someone else to do my character because that waters it down,” Helms said. “You can’t have two Undertakers or Stone Colds, but they wanted to do that. It was more them doing something with someone they didn’t really have anything for. They didn’t have anything for Molly, so they decided to see what happened. Same thing went for Rosey. Me and Rosey were actually patterned after Charlie and Hurley of ‘Lost’. I always felt I worked better with a straight-type of guy like a Lance Storm, but me and Rosie actually worked extremely well as a tag team. So I enjoyed that.”
As far as the Green Lantern tattoo, Helms was inspired by what the DC hero represented.
“He stood for willpower,” Helms said. “The Green Lantern wasn’t my favorite character of all time by any means, but he stood for willpower. I was a really small kid. I was the smallest kid on the football team. I was the smallest kid on the wrestling team. My first year as a wrestler I wrestled at about 103 pounds was the weight class, very small. In my life and everything coming up, willpower just meant a lot to me. You had to have it.
“That was what stood out to me about the Green Lantern comic. Whenever they did a story that focused on that. That was the Green Lantern stories I looked up to the most. That’s why I got the tattoo. It has stood the test of time. I don’t know what kind of green ink he used, but it’s still as bright green as it was when I got it.”
In addition to taking photos with attendees and signing autographs, Helms also plans to compete in Florida Super Championship Wrestling action with the likes of Cobra Commander, the Joker and more. Whether the match happens or not, the star has his own dream opponent.
“One of the characters I always detested was the DC version of Captain Marvel,” Helms said. “That’s mainly because I never could understand how he could beat Black Adam. There was never a story that made any sense to me how he could beat Black Atom. I wish someone would dress up like him just so I can give him the Vertebreaker [his finishing move] one time.”