ABOUT SHANNON MOORE
Shannon Moore is an American professional wrestler who previously worked in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He is best known for his work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as a member of 3 Count, and for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as a follower of Mattitude in 2003. He returned to WWE in 2006 on the ECW brand, before returning to SmackDown in 2007. On August 8, 2008, he was released from WWE. He is a former one time WCW Hardcore Champion. He is also former one time and inaugural WSW World Champion.
EARLY CAREER (1995-1999)
Moore made his professional wrestling debut on April 8, 1995, wrestling for the North Carolina-based Southern Championship Wrestling and National Championship Wrestling promotions as "Kid Dynamo". In addition, he frequently wrestled for Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), the promotion operated by the Hardys. During his time in OMEGA, he met Gregory Shane Helms, whom he teamed with in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). In the late 1990s, Moore began wrestling for the Tennessee-based Music City Wrestling promotion.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (1999-2001)
In 1999, Moore was hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) by Chris Kanyon, who had been granted the authority to employ twenty-one young cruiserweights for the Atlanta-based promotion. He was placed in a faction known as "3 Count" by Jimmy Hart. 3 Count, which consisted of Moore, Evan Karagias and Shane Helms, was a trio of young male wrestlers who utilized a boy band gimmick. 3 Count debuted in WCW in November 1999, and they began lip synching the song "Can't Get You Out Of My Heart" in the ring before their matches.
On the February 28, 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all three members of 3 Count
defeated Brian Knobbs to win the WCW Hardcore Championship with all 3 members of the team simultaneously
pinning him. By doing this, Moore became the youngest Hardcore champion in WCW history, a record he held until
the company folded. 3 Count reigned as "co-champions" until March 19, at Uncensoredwhere Knobbs regained the
title by pinning all three men consecutively.
After WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in March 2001, Moore signed a contract with
them and was assigned to the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA), a Louisville-based WWF developmental
territory. He teamed with Karagias in HWA until Karagias was released by the WWF. Moore would make his TV debut
on the July 13, 2002 episode of Velocity.
In 2003, after competing in the cruiserweight division for several months as a fan favorite, Moore became a villainous
acolyte of Matt Hardy, who had begun proselytizing a philosophy known as "Mattitude" and calling himself "Matt Hardy Version 1.0". Moore became a "Mattitude Follower" (abbreviated "MF'er") and started dressing like Hardy and accompanying him to ringside. Moore often lost to more physically dominant opponents or unsuccessfully attempted to help Hardy win his matches, both things that resulted in Hardy attacking Moore in order to vent his frustrations, claiming that he had "failed to comprehend [Hardy's] coaching!" Moore did, however, assist Hardy in his bid to lose several pounds in order to qualify for a WWE Cruiserweight Championship title shot, which he won when Moore came through again, this time distracting then face, Billy Kidman to enable Hardy to get the win and the title. On April 24, Crash Holly also became an MF'er. He was subordinate to Moore and, as such, was referred to as a "Moore-on". The group was short-lived, though, as Crash was released from WWE on June 30.
Moore and Hardy continued to work together until November 17, when Hardy left SmackDown! and joined the Raw brand. As a result, Moore was a fan favorite again and Paul Heyman (SmackDown's then-general manager) decided to punish Hardy vicariously for leaving his show by forcing Moore to face a series of much larger opponents. In successive weeks, Moore was squashed by Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, and The Big Show, before unexpectedly defeating A-Train in an upset victory on the December 11 episode of SmackDown!. The following week, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar was scheduled to defend his title against a random wrestler, with the name of his opponent selected arbitrarily by a lottery machine. Moore was selected as Lesnar's opponent, and Lesnar defeated him with ease and then revealed that all the balls had borne Moore's name, with Lesnar having rigged the process in order to ensure that he would have a much smaller opponent. Immediately after the match, Moore and Hardcore Holly were scheduled to face A-Train and Morgan in a tag team match, with Holly gaining a title shot if he won and being fired if he lost. Despite Moore being incapacitated, he and Holly were able to win the match.
In 2004, at WrestleMania XX Moore took part in a "Cruiserweight Open" for the Cruiserweight Championship, but was eliminated by Último Dragón. His next high-profile appearance was on the July 8, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, which saw Moore wrestle under a mask as "El Gran Luchadore". Moore faced John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL) in the match for the WWE Championship and was initially dominated by his much larger opponent. A second Luchadore (the disguised Eddie Guerrero), however, took Moore's place, prompting Layfield to run away, thus giving Moore the victory by count out.
WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION/ENTERTAINMENT (2001-2005)
INDEPENDENT CIRCUIT (2005-2006)
Moore returned to the independent circuit in 2005, although the no-compete clause in his contract (which prohibits WWE employees who are fired or who negotiate a contract release from appearing on television within a given time period) did not expire until November 1 of that year. One of Moore's more high-profile appearances came at an AWA Superstars of Wrestling show where Moore featured in a 30-man WSL World Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament that took place in Burlington, North Carolina. Moore defeated Dexter Poindexter, Ricky Landell, and "Amazing" N8 Mattson before losing to "Krazy K" Kirby Mack in the finals. He also wrestled A.J. Styles on a United Wrestling Association charity show on February 2, 2006. During this time, Moore opened a professional wrestling school known as the "School of Punk".
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING (2005-2006)
Moore made his Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) television debut on the December 17 episode of Impact!, appearing in the rafters of the Impact Zone and holding a sign reading "X Division needs to get Punk'd". Upon joining the roster, he gained the nickname the
"Prince of Punk". He appeared again in the rafters on the following episode of Impact!.
On the December 31 episode, Moore was seen standing on the stage once again, before he attacked A.J. Styles during a
tag team match on the special midnight episode of Impact!, preventing him from winning the NWA World Tag Team
Championship with Christopher Daniels. This attack prompted a feud between Moore and Styles, with Moore stalking
Styles, attacking him and stealing his "Mr. TNA" award plaque.This led to a street fight between the two, which Moore won.
On the February 18 episode of Impact!, Moore faced Roderick Strong and Jay Lethal in a three-way match for a place on
Team USA, but the match was won by Lethal. Moore then teamed with Samoa Joe to defeat Styles and Daniels. Moore's
final match as part of TNA aired on the March 18 episode of Impact!, when he, America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and
James Storm) and Alex Shelley lost to Styles, Daniels, Ron Killings, and Rhino.
On March 17, 2006, WWE released an interview with Moore talking about his imminent return to the company. In July 2006,
Moore began appearing as part of WWE's ECW brand, making his first appearances in vignettes calling himself "The Reject". His in-ring debut was a loss to CM Punk on September 12, a week before Punk had confronted Moore and called him a "poser" before slapping him. After one more loss to Punk, Moore made only sporadic appearances throughout the rest of 2006 and early 2007, losing each time.
On the February 16, 2007 episode of SmackDown! Moore suddenly switch brands, appearing in an in-ring brawl with other SmackDown! cruiserweights, which was the prelude to a Cruisserweight Open at No Way out. Moore was eliminated from the Cruiserweight Open by the defending WWE Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms. Moore then established himself as a fan favorite by teaming with Scotty 2 Hotty and Jimmy Wang Yang to defeat Helms, Chavo Guerrero, and Daivari in a six-man tag team match.
In October 2007, Moore formed a tag team with Yang, with the two defeating Deuce 'n Domino. They later competed in a tag team battle royal to determine the number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship on the November 9 episode of SmackDown, but were the second team eliminated. In December, Moore and Yang challenged John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful, igniting a feud between the two teams.] The following week on ECW, Moore and Yang defeated Morrison and The Miz in a non-title match, to earn a rematch for the championship. On January 1, 2008, Moore and Wang Yang once again beat Morrison and the Miz, this time in a six-person tag team match also involving Layla and Kelly Kelly. The following week, in a Fifteen Minutes of Fame Match, Moore and Wang Yang tied the champions on pinfalls, meaning Miz and Morrison retained the championship. Throughout late January and February, Moore and Yang moved into a feud with Deuce 'n Domino, defeating them two weeks in a row. On the February 15 episode of SmackDown, Moore, Yang, and Jesse and Festus defeated Deuce 'n Domino and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in an eight-man tag team match on SmackDown. In April, Moore and Yang reignited their feud with Morrison and The Miz, losing to them twice in tag team encounters. Yang and Moore went on to win singles matches against Morrison and The Miz respectively, earning another match for the WWE Tag Team Championship on the May 2 episode of SmackDown, but were unsuccessful once again.
RETURN TO WWE (2006-2008)
RETURN TO THE INDEPENDENT CIRCUIT (2008-2009)
On September 28, 2008, Moore won the World Stars of Wrestling World Championship by defeating Joe E. Legend. Two months later, on November 22, Moore won the Free-Style Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Mot Van Kunder; however, he lost it immediately afterwards to Rico Bushido.
During November, Moore participated in the Hulkamania tour of Australia, where he took part in a best of three match series for a prize of $25,000 with Spartan 3000. Spartan won the first match on November 21, and Moore won the second on November 24. The rubber match ended in a draw on November 26, resulting in a ladder match for the final match of the tour, which Spartan won.
RETURN TO TNA (2010-2012)
On the first live Monday edition of Impact! on January 4, 2010, Moore made his return to TNA by celebrating backstage with Jeff Hardy, after Hardy had also made his return to the company. On February 19, Dixie Carter confirmed that Moore had signed a new contract with TNA. On the March 8 episode of Impact!, Moore attacked the TNA X Division Champion Doug Williams, and Eric Bischoff announced that Moore would face Williams for the X Division Championship at Destination X. At the pay-per-view Williams retained his title, after hitting Moore with a brick. Moore's first victory since his return to TNA came on the March 29 episode of Impact! in a tag team match when he pinned Brian Kendrick. At Lockdown Moore received another shot at the now vacant X Division Championship in a three-way steel cage match, where he faced Homicide and the eventual winner of the match, Kazarian.
In April, Moore insulted the TNA World Tag Team Champion Matt Morgan, provoking a rivalry between the two. The
following week Morgan cost Moore his shot at the TNA X Division Championship, and later attacked his tag team partner
Jesse Neal. Moore aided Neal, prompting the pair to form a tag team known as Ink Inc. At Sacrifice Ink Inc. failed in their
attempt to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship from The Band (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall), when Neal's trainer
Brother Ray interfered in the match and attacked Neal. The following month, on the June 17 episode of Impact!, Ink Inc.
defeated The Band (Kevin Nash and Eric Young) to advance to the finals of a tournament for the vacant TNA World Tag
Team Championship. In the final, Ink Inc. was defeated by Beer Money, Inc. when Brother Ray attacked Neal backstage
prior to the match. At Bound for Glory, Ink Inc. defeated Eric Young and Orlando Jordan. On the October 28 episode of
Impact!, Ink Inc. received a match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship against The Motor City Machine Guns in a
three-way match, which also included Generation Me (Max and Jeremy Buck), but failed to win the championship. On
December 5 at the Final Resolution pay-per-view, Ink Inc. lost to Beer Money, Inc. in a number one contender's match for
the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Ink Inc. received a match for Beer Money's TNA World Tag Team Championship
at Victory Road in March 2011, but were unsuccessful. After the match Moore turned heel by refusing to shake hands with
the champions and instead spat beer in Storm's face. On April 17 at Lockdown, Ink Inc. defeated The British Invasion
(Douglas Williams and Magnus), Crimson and Scott Steiner and Eric Young and Orlando Jordan in a four team steel cage match to become the number one contenders to the TNA World Tag Team Championship. The following month at Sacrifice, Ink Inc. was defeated by Mexican America.
As a result, Moore returned to singles competition and on July 10 at Destination X, Moore participated in his first Ultimate X match, for a shot at the X Division Championship, but was defeated by Alex Shelley in the match, which also included Amazing Red and Robbie E. Ink Inc. returned on the September 22 episode of Impact Wrestling, attacking Mexican America, now the TNA World Tag Team Champions, at a tattoo parlour. On the October 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Toxxin aligned herself with Ink Inc. by saving them from Mexican America. On October 16, during the Bound for Glory pre-show, Ink Inc. unsuccessfully challenged Mexican America for the TNA World Tag Team Championship and at Turning Point the following month, they again failed to win the championship in a six-person tag team match, which also included Toxxin and Mexican America's Sarita.
THIRD RETURN TO THE INDEPENDENT CIRCUIT (2012-PRESENT)
After leaving TNA in 2012, Moore returned to wrestling on December 14, 2014, at Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (XICW)'s Hardcore With A Heart; he defeated Hakim Zane to win the XICW Midwest Heavyweight Championship.On January 17, 2015, at Best in Detroit 8 Moore lost the XICW Midwest Heavyweight Title to Rhyno.On December 3, 2016, at Full Throttle Pro Wrestling Event "Fight Club: Round 2" Moore defeated Braydon Knight and became the inaugural FTPW Heavyweight Champion. On May 19, 2017, at Atomic Wrestling Entertainment Event "Mayhem" Moore defeated Cj O'Doyle for the AWE Heavyweight Title. Moore continues to wrestle on the independent circuit as is currently booking events for 2022.
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Atomic Wrestling Entertainment / Atomic Revolutionary Wrestling
AWE/ARW Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
ARW Next Level Championship (2 times)
Full Throttle Pro Wrestling
FTPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Free-Style Championship Wrestling
FCW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Heartland Wrestling Association
HWA Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)
HWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Evan Karagias
New Frontier Wrestling Alliance
NFWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NFWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Carolina Warrior
NWA Wildside / National Championship Wrestling
NCW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
NWA Wildside Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Shane Helms
PWI ranked him 67 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 2002
Revolution Wrestling Authority
RWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Southern Championship Wrestling
SCW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
World Stars of Wrestling
WSW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling
XICW Midwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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