Shane Helms Talks WWE Departure, Final Talk With Benoit, His Accident & Much More
WrestlingINC: How are you feeling?
Helms: It's coming back together. I still got a ways to go. I'm still in the big medical boot. I can't rush it but at the same time I'm ready to get back doing what I do. I had a lot of offers I had to turn down, a lot of money that I lost and stuff like that.
WrestlingINC: Did your girlfriend fully recover?
Helms: She actually didn't get hurt in the accident. She had got in a wreck a couple weeks before so her injury was from the wreck before. She had the tiniest scratch on the back of her calf. Trust me, it's my fault and I take full responsibility. I'm not trying to pass the blame on anything. It's the biggest miracle in the world. I always joked with her, 'If you're around me don't worry. If anything happens it's going to happen to me.' That's always been my joke but luckily she walked out with barely a scratch. She had the wind knocked out of her pretty good.
The witnesses that saw the accident said I reached back and grabbed and tucked her under my arm. When we crashed we went to the side and the motorcycle landed on my foot and she actually bounced off me.
WrestlingINC: It's wild how that stuff can happen.
Helms: Yeah, I'm thankful every day that nothing happened to her. If anything seriously would have happened to her I wouldn't have been able to live with that. I mean that. I wouldn't have been able to live with it.
WrestlingINC: There was the benefit show last year for you. What was that experience like?
Helms: It was really emotional for me. I didn't know what to expect. It's a great thing to be admired by your peers and be respected and loved by people like that. It's even more when it's people like, if you look at Ric Flair - this is a guy that I looked up to as a kid from North Carolina and tried to be a pro wrestler. To have him go out there and say the things he said, the respect and love they showed me. Him and Mick putting their differences aside just to help me out - I hope that shows fans what kind of person I am. It's easy to confuse Hurricane with Shane Helms. I hope that shows people who Shane Helms really is and I can inspire people to do that. It was cool. It was so emotional. Mick is really funny; I hope he goes far and continues his comedy career because he's really funny. It was a great night.
I have to wait until my legal stuff is over and done to do the PSA. If anybody knows anything about the legal system, it's just dragging on through no fault of my own. If it was up to me this would have already been done. I'm just sitting around waiting for that to happen. The benefit show was awesome. I didn't want to take the money and put it towards my medical bills. That was why I decided I wanted to do the PSA even though the medical bills are astronomical. I just know the economy sucks and people wanted to help. I've done a lot for a lot of people so them willing to help me - I don't see anything wrong with that. I just felt that maybe instead of taking money for myself I can use it and try to do something to help other people as well. That's what I wanted to do.
WrestlingINC: So you think you'll be able to start wrestling again?
Helms: I believe so. I'm actually booked for a show in Manila on February 4th. That's going to be a real testing thing for me. I'll see from that. I only have signings and appearances booked. I haven't taken any matches except for this one. The money was too good to turn down. I'll see what I can do. Hurting or not, I always did the best I could. I'm just going to try to do that. That'll be a good gauge though.