Oct 24, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Terry Gerin
Weight: 285 lbs.
Date of birth: October 7, 1975
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Pro debut: March 10, 1995
Trained by: Scott D’Amore,
Doug Chevalier, & Mickey Doyle
Finishing move: Gore
- In 1997, Rhyno, wrestling as Rhino Richards, arrived in Germany to compete in Otto Wanz’s CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) promotion.
- On October 11, 1997, Rhyno and Jean-Pierre Lafitte captured the CWA World Tag Team title from Tony St. Clair and Christian Eckstein in Hannouver, Germany.
- Rhyno and Joe E. Legend (formerly “Just” Joe in the WWF) defeated Augst Smisl and Rico de Cuba on October 10, 1998 for the CWA World Tag Team title.
- Shortly after joining ECW, Steve Corino started serving as Rhyno’s mouth piece.
- At November 2 Remember ’99, Rhyno, Lance Storm and Justin Credible defeated the Sandman, Raven, and Tommy Dreamer.
- Rhyno defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri on April 22, 2000 for the ECW World Television title in Philadelphia, PA.
- At Hardcore Heaven ’00, Rhyno successfully defended the ECW World Television title against the Sandman.
- On September 9, 2000, Rhyno pinned Kid Kash for his second ECW World Television title in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
- Rhyno scored one of his biggest victories at Anarchy Rulz 2000, defeating Rob Van Dam in St. Paul, MN.
- At November 2 Remember 2000, Rhyno defeated New Jack.
- Rhyno successfully defended the ECW Television title against Little Spike Dudley at the Massacre on 34th Street PPV.
- At Guilty As Charged 2001, Rhyno captured the ECW World title from the Sandman in Manhattan, NY.
- Weeks later, Rhyno signed a three-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation.
- On February 20, 2001, Rhyno made his WWF debut in a dark match prior to a “Smackdown” taping in Kansas City. Rhyno defeated Bo Dupp with a new TKO finishing maneuver.
- Rhyno made his WWF television debut on the March 19, 2001 episode of “Raw,” and assisted Edge and Christian in defeating the Hardy Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team title.
- On the April 2, 2001 edition of “Raw,” Rhyno defeated WWF Light Heavyweight champion Crash Holly in a non-title match. Afterwards, Rhyno speared Molly Holly.
- Rhyno defeated Kane for the WWF Hardcore title at the April 17, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in Nashville, TN.
- Six days later on “Raw,” Rhyno successfully defended the Hardcore title against Spike Dudley.
- At Backlash ’01 in Chicago, IL, Rhyno won a hard fought battle with Raven to retain the Hardcore championship.
- On the April 30, 2001 edition of “Raw,” Rhyno defeated Chris Jericho, thanks to outside interference from Edge and Christian, to remain Hardcore champion.
- At Judgment Day 2001 in Sacramento, CA, Rhyno defeated the Big Show and Test in a three-way dance to again retain the Hardcore title.
- Moments after Jericho defeated the Big Show for the Hardcore title on the May 28, 2001 episode of “Raw,” Rhyno speared Y2J on the entrance ramp to regain the Hardcore championship.
- On June 25, 2001, Rhyno defeated Test for the Hardcore title, but moments later, was attacked by Mike Awesome who quickly relieved him of the title.
- Rhyno joined forces with former boss Paul Heyman in the reformation of ECW on the July 9, 2001 edition of “Raw” in Atlanta, GA.
- At the Invasion PPV, Rhyno, the Dudley Boyz, Diamond Dallas Page, and Booker T, representing the WCW/ECW alliance defeated Team WWF, when Steve Austin turned against the WWF.
- On the August 7, 2001 “Smackdown” taping in Los Angeles, Rhyno speared Jericho through the Smackdown set.
- At Unforgiven ’01 in Pittsburgh, PA, Rhyno gored Tajiri to capture the WCW United States title.
- On November 2, 2001, Rhyno underwent neck surgery in San Antonio, TX with Dr. Lloyd Youngblood to fuse a herniated disk.
- Rhyno returned to WWE television for “Smackdown” on February 27, 2003, and teamed with Chris Benoit to defeat Matt Hardy and Shannon Moore.
- Rhyno was “drafted” by Eric Bischoff to join the “Raw” roster on the March 22, 2004 edition of “Raw.”
- At Vengeance ’04, Rhyno and Tajiri defeated Jonathan Coachman and Garrison Cade.
- In April 2005, WWE released Rhyno.
- At the 2005 No Surrender PPV, Rhino made his TNA debut after the Abyss vs. Raven match and gored Raven.
- At the 2005 Sacrifice PPV, Rhino and Jeff Jarrett defeated Raven and Sabu.
- On October 5, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia, Rhino defeated Jarrett to capture the World Series title.
- At Bound for Glory on October 23, 2005 in Orlando, FL, Rhino won the Monster’s Ball 2 (beating Sabu, Abyss and Jeff Hardy), a 10-man gauntlet match, and pinned Jeff Jarrett to capture the NWA World Heavyweight title.
- Rhino and Team 3-D defeated America’s Most Wanted and Jeff Jarrett at the 2005 Genesis PPV.
- On January 7, 2006 in Rahway, NJ, Rhino defeated Jay Lethal to capture the JAPW (Jersey All Pro Wrestling title).
- At Against All Odds ’06, Rhino defeated Abyss in a “falls count anywhere” match.
- At Lockdown ’06, Team Sting (Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles and Ron Killings) defeated Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and America’s Most Wanted) in a “lethal lottery” match.
- In June 2006, Rhino signed a new multi-year contract with TNA.
- At Slammiversary ’06, Rhino defeated Bobby Roode and Scott D’Amore in a handicap match.
- On the July 13, 2006 episode of “Impact,” Rhino set the original ECW World and Television title belts on fire.
- At Final Resolution ’07, Rhino defeated AJ Styles in a “last man standing” match.
- At Lockdown ’07, Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Sting, Rhino, Samoa Joe, and Jeff Jarrett) defeated Team Cage (Christian Cage, Scott Steiner, Abyss, Tomko, and AJ Styles) in a lethal lockdown cage match.
- Rhino and Senshi defeated LAX at Slammiversary ’07.
- At No Surrender ’07, Rhino defeated James Storm.
- Rhino defeated James Storm in an “elevation x” match at Destination X ’08.
- At Lockdown ’08, Team Cage (Christian, Kevin Nash, Sting, Rhino and Matt Morgan) defeated Team Tomko (Tomko, Team 3D, AJ Styles and James Storm) in a “Lethal Lockdown” match.
- At Hard Justice ’08, Rhino and Christian defeated Team 3D in a “New Jersey Street Fight.”
- Rhino, ODB, and Rhaka Khan defeated The Beautiful People (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Cute Kip) at Bound for Glory IV.
- At Turning Point ’08, Rhino defeated Sheik Abdul Bashir.
- Rhino and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated Matt Morgan, Hernandez, and D’Angelo Dinero at Turning Point ’09.
- In 2011, Rhino joined Ring of Honor.
- At ROH’s Death Before Dishonor, Rhino Tommaso Ciampa defeated Jay Lethal and Homicide.