Rhino

Real name: Terrance Guido Gerin

Birth date: October 07, 1975

Trained by: Scott D'Amore, Doug Chevalier, Mickey Doyle

Ring Names: Rhino, Rhino Richards, Rhyno, Terry Richards

Debut: September 24, 1994

 
     
     
 

Championships and accomplishments

  • Border City Wrestling
    • BCW Can-Am Television Championship (1 time)
  • Canadian Wrestling's Elite
    • CWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with AJ Sanchez
  • Catch Wrestling Association
    • CWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Joe Legend (1) and
      Jean-Pierre Lafitte (1)
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
    • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
  • European Wrestling Promotion
    • EWP World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Extreme Championship Wrestling
    • ECW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • ECW World Television Championship (2 times)
  • Full Global Alliance Wrestling
    • FGA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Jersey All Pro Wrestling
    • JAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Lancaster Championship Wrestling
    • LCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Metro Pro Wrestling
    • MPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Mid-South
    • NWA Mid-South Unified Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Prime Time Wrestling
    • PTW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Ranked him #10 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2001
  • Pure Wrestling Association
    • Carrot Cup (2015) – with Tommy Dreamer
  • Rockstar Pro
    • Rockstar Pro Championship (1 time)
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Gauntlet for the Gold (2005 – Heavyweight)
    • TNA Turkey Bowl (2008)
  • Universal Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Universyl Wrestling Enterprises
    • UWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • USA Xtreme Wrestling
    • UXW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Series Wrestling
    • WSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Federation/WWE
    • WWF Hardcore Championship (3 times)
    • WCW United States Championship (1 time)
    • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time, inaugural) – with
      Heath Slater
    • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2016) – with
      Heath Slater
  • Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling
    • XICW Midwest Heavyweight Championship (3 time)
  • Xtreme Wrestling Alliance
    • XWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Gore (Striking spear)
    • Rhino Driver / Rhino Spike (Spike piledriver, sometimes from the second rope
      or the ring apron) – ECW/TNA
    • Spinning spinebuster
  • Signatures moves
    • Belly-to-belly suplex
    • Death Valley driver
    • Fireman's carry cutter
    • Powerbomb
    • Scoop powerslam
  • Managers
    • Steve Corino
    • Jack Victory
    • Cyrus
    • Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
    • Truth Martini
  • Nicknames
    • "The Rookie Monster"
    • "The Big F'n Deal"
    • "The Man Beast"
    • "Dr. Kill"
    • "The War/Gore Machine"
  • Entrance themes
    • "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica (CWA)
    • "Body Count's In The House" by Body Count (ECW; 1998)
    • "Debonaire" by Dope (ECW/Independent circuit; 1999–2001, 2011–2015)
    • "Tusk" by Jim Johnston (WWF/E/NXT; 2001–2005, February 18, 2015–present)
    • "Stampede" by Dale Oliver (TNA; July 17, 2005 – October 2, 2010, 2014)
    • "More Than One Man" (with Just One Man intro) by Jim Johnston
      (August 30, 2016 – present; used while teaming with Heath Slater)

 

 
     
     
 

Terrance Guido Gerin (born October 7, 1975), better known by his ring name Rhyno (or Rhino),
is an American professional wrestler, politician, and actor. He is currently signed to WWE, on the
Raw brand.

Rhyno previously appeared in WWE from 2001 to 2005 and again in their developmental system
NXT from 2015 to 2016. He also worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from
1999 to 2001, with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) from 2005 to 2010 and again in 2014
and with Ring of Honor (ROH) from 2011 to 2013.

Rhyno is a two-time world champion, having held the ECW World Heavyweight Championship
and NWA World Heavyweight Championship once each (he was the final ECW World
Heavyweight Champion within the original ECW promotion). He is also a one-time WCW United
States Champion, two-time ECW World Television Champion, three-time WWF Hardcore
Champion, and a one-time and inaugural WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Heath
Slater.

Early life

Gerin was born on October 7, 1975, in Detroit, Michigan. He trained under Scott D'Amore,
Doug Chevalier, and Mickey Doyle.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1994–1997)

Gerin trained as a wrestler at the Can-Am Wrestling School located in Windsor, Ontario under
Scott D'Amore, who he later reunited with in TNA. He debuted in 1994 on the Detroit
independent circuit under the ring name Terry Richards. Gerin made four appearances in WCW
as enhancement talent. Richards lost to "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan on the August 5th edition of
WCW Saturday Night. WCW Television Champion The Renegade defeated Richards on the
September 9th edition of WCW Pro. Richards & Johnny Swinger lost to the Nasty Boys on the
September 16th edition of WCW Saturday Night. His final appearance was a loss to Road Warrior
Hawk on the September 24, 1995 edition of WCW WorldWide. Gerin made an appearance on
the November 6, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw losing to Henry O. Godwinn. Gerin later
adopted the ring name Rhino Richards and began wrestling in Canada, where he formed a stable
known as "THUG Life" with Joe Legend, Zakk Wyld (Keith Assoun), Christian Cage, Bloody
Bill Skullion, Brett Kimball, and Sexton Hardcastle (later named Edge). He had feuds with Beautiful
Brian Fury and Alexis Machine which were part of HotSeat Productions.

Catch Wrestling Association (1997–1998)

In 1997, Gerin relocated to Hanover, Germany, where he began competing for the Catch
Wrestling Association (CWA) under the ring name "Rhino Richards". On October 10, 1998, he
teamed with XL Legend to win the vacant CWA World Tag Team Championship, defeating Rico
de Cuba and August Smisl. The titles were vacated in October 1998 when Gerin left the promotion
after signing with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1999–2001)

Gerin debuted in ECW in 1999 as Rhino. 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 World
Television Championship at Living Dangerously. He won the title on April 22, defeating Yoshihiro
Tajiri at CyberSlam. He lost the title to Kid Kash on August 26, but regained it a little over two
weeks later on September 9.

Throughout mid-2000, Rhino continued to feud with The Sandman, defeating him in title matches
at Hardcore Heaven and Heatwave. In the course of the match with The Sandman at Hardcore
Heaven, Rhino performed a Rhino Driver 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 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. He defended the title twice
afterwards, defeating The Sandman on January 12 and Spike Dudley on January 13, 2001 on
the last two ECW shows before ultimately becoming both the final World Heavyweight Champion
and World Television Champion due to the company folding in April.

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2001 - 2005)

The Alliance and injury (2001−2002)

Following the closure of ECW, Gerin signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation
(WWF). He debuted on the March 19, 2001 episode of Raw, in Albany, New York at the
Pepsi Arena, 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. on
the April 17, 2001 edition of Smackdown, Rhyno defeated Kane to win the Hardcore Title. at
Backlash (2001), Rhyno defeated Raven to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship. at
Judgment Day (2001), 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. Following this, he went on to
compete for the Hardcore Championship, which he won on three occasions in mid-2001.

in July 9 episode of Raw, Rhyno "invaded" the WWF along with other ECW wrestlers. The
group, led by former ECW owner Paul Heyman, went on to merge with rival organisation WCW
later that night, forming The Alliance. At Invasion, Rhyno competed in the main event the Inaugural
Brawl match; five-on-five tag team match where Team WCW & ECW (Booker T, Diamond
Dallas Page, (WCW) Rhyno and the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley)
(ECW)) defeated Team WWF (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, The
Undertaker and Kane), Rhyno feuded with Chris Jericho due to Jericho insulting Stephanie
McMahon, the on-screen owner of ECW, on numerous occasions. One notable moment during
the feud saw Rhyno Gore Jericho through the SmackDown! stage set on the August 9 episode
of SmackDown!. at SummerSlam (2001), Rhyno faced Chris Jericho in a losing effort. On
September 23 at Unforgiven, he defeated fellow ECW alumnus Tajiri for the WCW United
States Championship. He held the title for just under a month before losing to Kurt Angle on the
October 22 episode of Raw. As a result of his loss, Rhyno was "suspended" from The Alliance
on the October 25 episode of SmackDown!. The suspension was an angle concocted to explain
Rhyno's absence while he underwent cervical fusion surgery for two herniated discs in his neck.
The surgery was successfully performed on November 12, 2001.

Brand switches (2003–2005)

Rhyno returned to WWE television sixteen months later on the February 27, 2003 episode
of SmackDown!, aligning himself with Chris Benoit and thus becoming a face for the first time
in his WWE career. Rhyno and Benoit went on to unsuccessfully challenge Team Angle for the
Tag Team Championship in a triple threat tag team match (also involving Los Guerreros) at
WrestleMania XIX. At Judgment Day (2003), Rhyno teamed with Spanky, and Chris Benoit in
a losing effort against John Cena and The Full Blooded Italians (Chuck Palumbo and Johnny
Stamboli). At Vengeance, Rhyno turned on Benoit during a United States Championship match
against Eddie Guerrero, thus turning heel once again. Rhyno continued to wrestled on
SmackDown! pursuing the United States Championship on several occasions. At SummerSlam
(2003), Rhyno competed in a Fatal four-way match for the WWE United States Championship
but failed to win the title. At Royal Rumble (2004), Rhyno competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble
match where he entered at #6 but was eliminated by Chris Benoit. In March 2004, Rhyno was
drafted to the Raw brand in the 2004 WWE Draft Lottery. Later that night, he faced Chris Benoit
for the World Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort. In July, he turned face again by first
squashing then heel Lance Storm in a match and then forming a tag team with Tajiri. The duo
challenged for the World Tag Team Championship on several occasions throughout 2004. In
January 2005 on an episode of Raw, Rhyno lost a Royal Rumble qualifying match to Edge

Rhyno was released from his WWE contract on April 9, 2005 along with his friend Matt Hardy
due to a public argument with his wife that took place at the WrestleMania 21 afterparty. He
made his final appearance on WWE television at the WWE-produced ECW reunion
pay-per-view One Night Stand on June 12, where he lost to Sabu.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2005 - 2010)

NWA World Heavyweight Champion (2005–2006)

After time on the independent circuit, Gerin made his debut in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
(TNA) on July 17, 2005 as Rhino, reverting to the ECW spelling of his wrestling name. He
debuted by hitting then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Raven with the Gore following a
match with Abyss at No Surrender, thus debuting as both a villain and a member of Planet Jarrett.

These events led to a match being scheduled between the team of Rhino and Jeff Jarrett and the
team of Raven and the returning Sabu at Sacrifice on August 14. During the Sacrifice preshow,
Director of Authority Larry Zbyszko informed Jarrett, who had lobbied for a title shot for several
weeks, that if he could pin Raven, he would receive a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight
Championship at Unbreakable. However, should Jarrett lose the match, he would be prohibited
from receiving a world title shot for one year. Later that night, during the tag match, Jeff Hardy
returned to TNA, attacking Jarrett and enabling Rhino to Gore and pin Raven. An irate Jarrett,
furious at having lost his shot at the title, watched as Zbyszko announced Rhino to be the new
number one contender immediately after the pay-per-view went off the air. Rhino faced Raven
at Unbreakable in a match which saw him accidentally Gore a shopping cart in homage to his
Hardcore Championship bout with Raven at Backlash in the WWF. Despite interference from
Jarrett, Raven retained his title after hitting Rhino with an Even Flow DDT.

Rhino fought Jeff Hardy in the main event of the debut episode of Impact! on Spike TV on
October 1. The match was declared a no-contest after both Abyss and Sabu interfered. At Bound
for Glory, Rhino, Abyss, Sabu, and Hardy faced each other in a Monster's Ball match, which
Rhino won after hitting a second rope Rhino Driver on Hardy. Later that night, Rhino won a
10-man Gauntlet match to determine who would face Jeff Jarrett for his NWA World
Heavyweight Championship after Kevin Nash, Jarrett's scheduled opponent, was rushed to the
hospital due to a legitimate injury. Rhino went on to defeat Jarrett and win the title. Rhino lost
the NWA World Title to Jeff Jarrett on a 2-hour prime time special episode of Impact! on
November 3.

Starting with the November 26 episode of Impact!, TNA started airing promos about Rhino's
career and personal life in preparation for his title rematch at Turning Point. He lost the rematch
after a guitar shot and interference from all of Team Canada.

Rhino then wrapped up a brutal feud with Abyss, who (due to his alignment with Planet Jarrett)
halted Rhino's war on Team Canada. The feud saw Abyss Black Hole Slam Rhino on to several
chairs, and Rhino smash Abyss through a steel wall with the Gore. Their singles feud ended at
Against All Odds when Rhino Gored Abyss off of a fifteen-foot ramp on to four tables. In April,
Rhino became a member of Sting's four-man team of "Warriors", joining A.J. Styles and Ron
Killings to fight Jeff Jarrett's "Army" in a Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown. On June 9,
after Rhino defeated Jeff Jarrett at a TNA house show in the old ECW Arena in Philadelphia,
he publicly acknowledged that he had been offered a contract to come back to WWE and
wrestle for the new ECW. Rhino, however, decided to stay with TNA. On July 11, Rhino made
an open challenge against WWE for their current incarnation of ECW. The shocking revelation
was that he did not like the direction of the new ECW and threw the "real" ECW World
Heavyweight Championship (hidden in a burlap sack as Rhino stated WWE threatened legal
action if he showed it) into an oil drum and burned it (he later admitted that it was a replica, and
he still has the original belt at his home). He then feuded with Monty Brown and Samoa Joe. This
resulted in the three men competing at Hard Justice, which ended with Samoa Joe winning by
pinning Monty Brown after slamming Brown through a table. Rhino then entered into a feud with
Christian Cage, playing off their former history together in WWE, Japan, and Canada. The feud
continued when Christian and Rhino faced off in an Eight Mile Street Fight at Bound for Glory,
on October 22. Christian won after a con-chair-to with a ladder, a broken table, a street sign,
and some chairs on top of Rhino. This feud culminated on the November 16 episode of Impact!,
where he faced Cage in a six-sides of steel barbed wire match. Cage won the match after Rhino's
Gore sent him through the door of the cage.

Various feuds and alliances (2006–2010)

Towards the end of 2006, Rhino entered into a program with A.J. Styles. This started with Rhino
trying to help Styles with his situation with Christopher Daniels, only to have Styles pull away and
accuse Rhino of getting into his business, thus turning him heel. Rhino would lose to Styles at Turning
Point after Styles faked a knee injury and then pinned Rhino with a roll-up. The Rhino-Styles feud
continued into 2007. At Final Resolution, Rhino defeated Styles in a Last Man Standing match.
Rhino set up tables in anticipation of sending Styles through them with a Gore. Styles, however,
saw what was happening and declined to get up, thus losing. After the match, Rhino swore he was
not through with Styles and gave him a Rhino Driver on the entrance ramp. At Against All Odds,
Styles defeated Rhino in a Motor City Chain match after dodging a Gore and rolling up Rhino for
the pin. A.J. Styles then challenged any wrestler in TNA to wrestle him at Destination X in the
debut of the Elevation X match and Rhino accepted the challenge. At Destination X, Rhino
defeated A.J. Styles in the Elevation X match after a Gore, and stomping on Styles fingers. On
March 22, Rhino was chosen as the third member of Kurt Angle's team for the Lockdown match,
along with Samoa Joe and eventually Jeff Jarrett and Sting. Team Angle was successful at
Lockdown after defeating Christian's Coalition in a Lethal Lockdown match. Rhino had a big
spot in the match when he Gored Tomko through the cage door.

Rhino went through short feuds with Christopher Daniels and The Latin American Xchange before
moving on to his next big feud with James Storm. On the June 21 Impact!, Storm and Robert
Roode defeated Rhino and Eric Young. Following the match, Storm poured beer on Rhino, causing
him to snap. Two weeks later, Rhino had a sit-down interview with Mike Tenay and revealed that
he was a recovering alcoholic, and that caused him to snap after being covered with beer. The
feud between Rhino and Storm resulted in a match at Victory Road. Storm won the match after
hitting Rhino with a beer bottle. After the match was over Storm and Jackie Moore attacked Rhino
and poured beer into his mouth and left him bleeding in the ring. At Hard Justice, Rhino lost a Bar
Room Brawl to Storm, after Storm smashed a beer bottle into the back of Rhino's head, but Rhino
beat him at No Surrender. After the match, he Gored Moore. Rhino then feuded with Raven,
resulting in a Monster's Ball match at Bound for Glory between Rhino, Raven, Abyss, and Black
Reign which Abyss won. At Turning Point, he was scheduled to participate in a match teaming with
Abyss to take on Black Reign and Rellik, but he was replaced by Raven due to injury. After
battling a kayfabe alcoholism relapse (brought on by the James Storm storyline), Rhino officially
made his return at Against All Odds when he Gored Storm, which caused Eric Young to retain his
World Drinking Championship. On March 9, Rhino defeated Storm at Destination X, in the
second official Elevation X Match, making Rhino 2-0 in Elevation X.

The next week, Christian Cage had to find a tag partner to help him fight A.J. Styles and Tomko
and asked Rhino to join him, but Rhino refused due to their past history (Cage had since turned
face). Tomko, Styles, and Team 3D attacked Cage after his tag team match with Kevin Nash.
The following week on Impact!, Cage managed to get Rhino on his side during an interview with
Jeremy Borash. At Lockdown in the Lethal Lockdown match, Rhino pinned Storm to get the win
for Cage's team. Rhino went on to form a tag team with Cage and they competed in the Deuces
Wild Tag Team Tournament to crown new tag team champions by beating The Motor City
Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) to qualify. The tournament took place at Sacrifice
where they beat the team of Robert Roode and Booker T, but lost in the second round to Team
3D after Brother Ray hit Rhino with a kendo stick. Rhino would beat James Storm to qualify for
the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary, where Samoa Joe retained the TNA World
Heavyweight Championship. Since then, Rhino formed a tag team with Christian Cage. At Hard
Justice, Rhino and Christian Cage defeated Team 3D to end their feud.

Rhyno and Christian quietly went their separate ways, with Cage going to main events and Rhino
along with then TNA Women's Champion Taylor Wilde starting a feud with The Beautiful People
and Cute Kip shortly after Hard Justice. At Bound for Glory IV, Rhino along with ODB and
Rhaka Khan (who recently turned face) defeated The Beautiful People and Cute Kip in a Bimbo
Brawl. On the October 23 episode of Impact!, Rhino confronted Sheik Abdul Bashir over
political views. He was later attacked by Bashir. The feud ended after Rhino got revenge and
defeated Sheik at Turning Point.

On the November 20 episode of Impact!, Rhino attacked The Main Event Mafia, but the Mafia
fought back and placed him in a casket. The next week, Rhino officially joined A.J. Styles and
Samoa Joe, naming the group the TNA Frontline. Rhino decided the Frontline had to have more
members if they wanted to beat the Main Event Mafia, and, much to the surprise and questioning
of the group, asked Team 3D to join the Frontline. Later in the night, Team 3D agreed to join
the Frontline, helping Styles and Joe attack the Mafia. At Genesis, Rhino lost to Sting in a World
Heavyweight Title match.

At the Lockdown pre-show, Eric Young defeated Danny Bonaduce. After the bout, Bonaduce
attacked Young, but Rhino came to the ring to aid Young and then Gored Bonaduce. Afterwards,
Rhino began an angle that aired on television, where he would train and mentor Jesse Neal, a
former member of the military, to become a pro wrestler. However, in training Jesse Neal, Rhino
has become quite frustrated leading to a very short temper. This led to a tag match on
August 13, 2009 where when Jesse lost the match making a "rookie mistake" by refusing a hot
tag to Rhino. Rhino turned heel later by goring his former protege, Jesse Neal. Then his former
mentors Team 3D had realized what a selfish man Rhino was, thus leading to a feud between
them. Rhino appeared at No Surrender to face new superstar Bobby Lashley. Despite Goring
Lashley twice, Rhino was defeated following a knockout punch. On the October 15 episode of
Impact!, he lost a stretcher match to Bobby Lashley. The following week, Rhino would start an
angle where he claimed that TNA was favoring the younger talent of the company, while trying
to force veterans like himself out of the company. After weeks of persuasion, on the
November 5 episode of Impact! Team 3D turned heel and joined Rhino in his cause. At Turning
Point Rhino along with Team 3D defeated Matt Morgan, Hernandez and D'Angelo Dinero after
a Gore by Rhino. On the November 19 episode of Impact! Jesse Neal turned heel and joined
Rhino and Team 3D. Two weeks later, Suicide joined Morgan, Hernandez and Dinero to level
the playing field. At Final Resolution, Morgan, Hernandez, Dinero and Suicide defeated Neal,
Team 3D and Rhino in an eight-man elimination tag team match. When Hulk Hogan and Eric
Bischoff took over TNA at the beginning of 2010, Rhino's angle was discontinued and
Team 3D reverted to being faces and began feuding with The Nasty Boys.

EV 2.0 and departure (2010)

After being absent from television for four months, Rhino returned on the July 1 episode of
Impact!, appearing in the Impact! Zone crowd beside fellow ECW alumni Tommy Dreamer,
Raven and Stevie Richards, thus seemingly turning back into a face. On the July 15 episode
of Impact! Rhino, Dreamer, Raven, Richards, Brother Devon, Pat Kenney and Al Snow, led
by Mick Foley, aligned themselves with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van
Dam by attacking Abyss and the rest of the TNA locker room. The following week, TNA
president Dixie Carter agreed to give the ECW alumni their own reunion pay–per–view event,
Hardcore Justice: The Last Stand, as a celebration of hardcore wrestling and a final farewell to
the company. At the event Rhino defeated Al Snow and Brother Runt in a three-way match. On
the following episode of Impact!, the ECW alumni, known collectively as EV 2.0), were assaulted
by A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Robert Roode, James Storm, Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan of
Ric Flair's Fourtune stable, who thought they did not deserve to be in TNA. During the assault
Abyss came out, fought Rob Van Dam backstage and caused him storyline injuries, which
forced him to vacate the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and led to EV 2.0 looking for
revenge. On the August 26 episode of Impact! Rhino called out Abyss for what he had done and
then laid him out with a Gore. At No Surrender Abyss defeated Rhino in a Falls Count Anywhere
match. At Bound for Glory Rhino, Dreamer, Raven, Richards and Sabu defeated Fourtune
members Styles, Kazarian, Morgan, Roode and Storm in a Lethal Lockdown match. Shortly
afterwards Rhino's contract with TNA expired, but he remained with the promotion on a per
night deal. At Turning Point EV 2.0 faced Fortune in a ten-man tag team match, where each
member of EV 2.0 put their TNA careers on the line. In the end, EV 2.0 lost the match and
Sabu was released from TNA. On the following episode of Impact!, Rhino revealed himself as
the man within EV 2.0, who had been calling Eric Bischoff, trying to get to be a part of his
Immortal stable, which had led to dissension between Rob Van Dam, who wanted to find out
the traitor, and the rest of EV 2.0, by costing Van Dam his match against Kazarian and
afterwards hitting Tommy Dreamer with a chair, turning heel in the process. On the
November 18 episode of Impact! Rhino explained that Bischoff had agreed to re–sign him as
long as he turned on the rest of EV 2.0. The following week Dreamer defeated Rhino in a
Street Fight. After the match Rhino attacked Dreamer, but was then chased away by Rob
Van Dam, who challenged him to a First Blood match at Final Resolution, which Van Dam
ended up winning. On the following episode of Impact! Bischoff refused to give Rhino a contract
with TNA and had Fortune and Immortal remove him from the arena.

Brief return and Team Dixie (2014−2015)

On June 20, 2014, Rhino returned to TNA during the Impact Wrestling tapings, as he attacked
Bully Ray on behalf of Ethan Carter III to help him win a Tables match, re-establishing himself
as a heel in the process. On the July 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rhino and Ethan Carter III
defeated Tommy Dreamer and Bully Ray and on the July 24 episode of Impact Wrestling,
Rhino, Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud defeated Tommy Dreamer, Bully Ray, and Devon
in a 6-man New York City street fight. On the August 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rhino,
Ethan Carter III, Snitsky, and Rycklon faced Team 3D, Tommy Dreamer and Al Snow in an
Eight-Man Hardcore War but lost the match. On the August 20 episode of Impact Wrestling,
EC3 blamed Rhino for Dixie Carter being put through a table two weeks prior and viciously
attacked him. This turned Rhino face once again. On the August 28 episode of Impact, Rhino
faced Ethan Carter III in a losing effort. On the September 3 episode of Impact, Rhino defeated
Rockstar Spud. On the September 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rhino defeated Rockstar
Spud. On the September 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rhino was defeated by Ethan
Carter III in a NYC Street Fight. This match was Rhino's final TNA appearance and his TNA
Profile was moved to the Alumni Section of TNA's roster page on February 13, 2015.

Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2004, 2005, 2011–2012)

Gerin debuted in Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) at the 2004 musical festival Gathering
of the Juggalos, where he defeated Abyss. At the following year's event, he participated on behalf
of the company in "JCW vs. TNA: Three Day War." Gerin returned to Juggalo Championship
Wrestling in 2011, saving JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal Robinson from an attack by
Breyer Wellington and Butler Jeeves. Teaming with The Weedman, 2 Tuff Tony, and Jailbird
Man, he defeated the team of Baby Bitch Boy, The Bumpin' Uglies, and Bull Pain at the
company's first internet pay-per-view Hatchet Attacks.

At Up in Smoke, Rhino saved Tony from an attack by Sabu and Rob Conway, turning him into
a fan favorite. He and Tony were then scheduled for a tag team match against the two at
St. Andrew's Brawl.

Independent circuit (2011–2016)

Since his departure from TNA, Rhino has appeared in several independent promotions across
the United States and Canada. In May 2011, Rhino took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's
(NJPW) first tour of the United States, the Invasion Tour 2011. In the main event of the first
night on May 13 in Rahway, New Jersey, Rhino teamed with Charlie Haas in a tag team match,
where they defeated IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and Togi Makabe after
Rhino pinned Makabe. At the following day's event in New York City, Rhino pinned Kazuchika
Okada in a six-man tag team match, where he teamed with Davey Richards and Homicide
against Okada, Makabe and Ryusuke Taguchi. On the third and final day of the tour, Rhino
was defeated by Makabe in the main event, a "South Philadelphia Street Fight", at the former
ECW Arena. On May 29 Rhyno appeared in Dutch Pro Wrestling beating Kenzo Richards in
an Extreme rules match.

He also wrestled in Resistance Pro Wrestling. On February 17, 2012, at Vicious Circle, he was
defeated by the RPW Heavyweight Champion Harry Smith. Rhino had another chance for the
title at Obsession, where Smith put on the line his RPW title and Rhino, his ECW World
Heavyweight Championship, but the match ended without a winner. The last match between
them took place on May 11, 2012, at A Small Deadly Space, where Rhino was defeated by
Smith, with Raven as Special Referee.

On September 1, he was defeated in a match against Bill Collier for the PWR Heavyweight
Championship in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. On October 4, he wrestled against the FWE
Heavyweight Champion Tommy Dreamer at the Family Wrestling Entertainment's first PPV,
Back 2 Broolyn, but was defeated. On October 6, 2012, Rhino participated in the House of
Hardcore's first show, defeating Sami Callihan.

On May 30, 2014 Rhino won the UCW (Universal Championship Wrestling) Heavyweight title.
He faced "The Natural" Chase Stevens in a street fight after "The Headliner" Chris Michaels
was a no-show.

On November 17, Rhino reached a tournament final to crown the first Extreme Rising World
Championship, he reached the final round on December 29 but was defeated by Stevie Richards
. On June 6, 2014, Rhino and Abyss were defeated by Tommy Dreamer and Devon at
Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore.

Rhino is scheduled to make his Championship Wrestling Entertainment debut in Port St. Lucie,
FL on April 10, 2015. on July 18, 2015 at House of Hardcore IX, Rhino faced Austin Aries
in a losing effort.

On November 1, 2015, Rhino challenged the Pro Wrestling Pride Heavyweight Champion
Big Grizzly, in a championship match in Paignton, Devon. Grizzly would successfully defended
his title, and then once again in December a Fatal-4-way match in Exeter also featuring the UK
Dominator and Chris Andrews. Rhino would have four more matches in the company; completing
three victories before a loss to 'Man Mountain' Lomaxx.

Legend City Wrestling (2011, 2012, 2014)

In June 2012, he worked a week-long tour for St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador-based
Legend City Wrestling working with the likes of Mike Hughes and fellow TNA alumnus Kiyoshi.
On September 16, 2014 Rhino teamed up with Mike Hughes against Kilgrave & Apolo.

Ring of Honor (2011–2013)

Rhino was revealed to be the bodyguard hired by Prince Nana to protect The Embassy from
Homicide on June 13, 2011. In his debut match for the promotion on June 26 at Best in the
World 2011, Rhino was defeated by Homicide in a Street Fight. In his next ROH appearance at
the Death Before Dishonor IX pay-per-view on September 17, Rhino and fellow Embassy
member Tommaso Ciampa defeated Homicide and Jay Lethal in a tag team match. In late 2011,
after not appearing in ROH events for a couple of months, Rhino was removed from the ROH
roster on the ROH website, signifying his departure from the company. Gerin returned to Ring of
Honor television in April 2012 being traded from the Embassy to Truth Martini's House of Truth
and was announced as the opponent of "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards for the ROH Border Wars
pay per view on May 12. Rhino was defeated by Edwards via pinfall. On September 15 at Death
Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency, Rhino unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen for the
ROH World Championship. However, soon after he was hired by the members of S.C.U.M. to
attack the #1 contender Jay Lethal, but was stopped by Steen. At ROH 11th Anniversary Show,
Rhino attacked Lethal after his match against Steen. At the June 23 tapings of Ring of Honor
Wrestling, S.C.U.M. was forced to disband, after being defeated by Team ROH in a Steel Cage
Warfare match. Gerin left ROH, shortly thereafter.

Return to WWE

NXT and main roster appearances (2015–2016)

Rhyno made an unannounced return to WWE on February 18, 2015 during the taping of NXT,
defeating Elias Samson. After a few weeks of defeating local competitors, Rhyno explained he
was in NXT to win the NXT Championship. On the April 15 episode of NXT, Rhyno faced Sami
Zayn in a losing effort. On the May 6 episode of NXT, after defeating Bull Dempsey, Rhyno
would challenge Baron Corbin to a match at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, which he lost. On the
June 3 episode of NXT, following his loss to Finn Bálor, Rhyno would Gore Bálor on the stage,
turning heel. On the July 1 episode of NXT, Rhyno would team with Kevin Owens in a losing effort
against Bálor and Samoa Joe.

In September, Rhyno and Baron Corbin would compete in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team
Classic, where they would defeat The Ascension in the first round and Johnny Gargano and
Tommaso Ciampa in the quarterfinals. At NXT TakeOver: Respect, Rhyno and Corbin would
defeat Jason Jordan and Chad Gable in the semifinals before losing to Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe
in the finals. On the October 14 episode of NXT, Rhyno would compete in a Battle Royal to
determine the #1 contender for the NXT Championship, where he was eliminated by Corbin. The
following week on NXT, Rhyno lost to Corbin.

Rhyno made a surprise return on the July 6, 2016 episode of NXT, interrupting a match between
The Hype Bros and Blake and Murphy. On the July 20 episode of NXT, Rhyno lost to NXT
Champion Samoa Joe by submission.

On the December 7, 2015 episode of Raw, Rhyno made a main roster appearance as a face,
where he joined The Dudley Boyz and Tommy Dreamer as part of a revamped incarnation of
The ECW Originals, confronting The Wyatt Family before competing in a 16-man elimination
fatal 4-way tag team match, where they were eliminated by The League of Nations. At TLC:
Tables, Ladders & Chairs, the ECW Originals lost to the Wyatt Family in an 8-man elimination tag
team tables match and in an 8-man Extreme Rules match the following night on Raw.

Teaming with Heath Slater (2016–present)

On the July 26 episode of SmackDown, Rhyno returned to attack "free agent" Heath Slater with
a Gore. On the August 9, the two wrestled each other with the stipulation that if Slater won, he
would be signed to the SmackDown roster; however, Rhyno defeated Slater. On the August 23
episode of SmackDown, Slater was offered a spot in the tournament for the newly instated
WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship if he found a partner. After struggling to find a
partner, Rhyno approached Slater and agreed to be his partner for the tournament. Slater and
Rhyno defeated The Headbangers in the first round and The Hype Bros in the semi-finals to
advance to the finals at Backlash, where they defeated The Usos to become the inaugural
champions, while also granting Slater a contract. On the September 13 episode of SmackDown,
Slater and Rhyno defeated The Ascension to successfully retain the titles in their first defense
following Slater's official live contract signing. At No Mercy, Slater and Rhyno retained the titles
against The Usos in a rematch. On the October 11 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno
saved Dolph Ziggler from being attacked by The Miz and The Spirit Squad. The following week
on SmackDown, Ziggler, Slater and Rhyno where defeated by The Miz and The Spirit Squad in
a six-man tag team match. On the October 25 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno would
retain their titles against The Spirit Squad. At Survivor Series, Slater and Rhyno were the team
captains for Team SmackDown in the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match,
where they were defeated by Team Raw. At TLC, Slater and Rhyno's tag team championship
reign came to an end at 84 days after they were defeated by Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. Two
days later on SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno received their rematch, but failed to regain the
titles. Afterwards on Talking Smack, the team hinted a break-up after Rhyno claimed he was "at
the ring alone" and Slater pointed out that Rhyno was the one who got pinned, prompting Rhyno
to walk out on Slater. The following week on SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno competed in a
tag-team battle royal to determinate the #1 contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team
Championship, in which Slater accidentally eliminated Rhyno, before being eliminated himself.

On the January 31, 2017 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno answered American
Alpha's (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) open challenge for the SmackDown Tag Team
Championship, alongside every other tag team in SmackDown, and a brawl between all teams
occurred, with American Alpha, and Slater and Rhyno being the two teams left standing in the
ring. At Elimination Chamber, the duo were the first entrants into the tag team turmoil match for
the titles, eliminating Breezango and the Vaudevillians before being eliminated by The Usos. At
WrestleMania 33, Slater and Rhyno both competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle
Royal, but neither were able to win.

On the April 10 episode of Raw, both Slater and Rhyno were sent to the Raw brand as part of
the Superstar Shake-up.

Other media

Gerin made his film debut in the 2011 horror film Death from Above, alongside fellow wrestler
Kurt Angle.

Gerin appears in 8 video games. They are ECW Anarchy Rulz, ECW Hardcore Revolution,
WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE SmackDown!
Here Comes the Pain, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw and TNA Impact! as Rhino. He made his
wrestling game return after 9 years in WWE 2K18 as Rhyno.

Politics

Gerin announced on March 4, 2016, that he would run for the Michigan House of Representatives,
angling for the 15th District seat, which encompasses his hometown of Dearborn. In subsequent
interviews, Gerin confirmed he would run as a Republican and that he had the approval of WWE
owner Vince McMahon, whose wife, former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, mounted two
unsuccessful campaigns in Connecticut for a seat in the United States Senate. Incumbent George
Darany, a Democratic state representative, cannot run for reelection due to term limits. On
August 2, 2016, it was reported that Gerin had won the Republican Primary and would face
Democratic Primary winner Abdullah Hammoud in November's general election. Gerin was
defeated by Hammoud in the election, 18,097-9,999, a margin of 8,098 votes.

Personal life

Gerin is close friends with Adam Copeland and Jay Reso, best known by their ring names Edge
and Christian. Following the SmackDown taping on September 16, 2011, Gerin made a one-night
return to WWE as a part of an "Appreciation Night" to celebrate Edge's career. He also made
an appearance at Edge's induction ceremony into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

 

 
   
   

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