The Shane Twins

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The Shane Twins
Tag team
Members Mike Shane
Todd Shane
Name(s) Wentworth Twins
Phi De Kappa U
The Johnsons
Shane Twins
The Regulators
Gymini
Heights 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) - Mike
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) - Todd
Combined
weight
304 lb (138 kg) each
Debut 1998
Promotions IPW
WJ
TNA
FCW
OVW
DSW
WWE
Trainer Dean Malenko
Jeff Bradley

The Shane Twins (born December 21, 1967 in Galesburg, Illinois) are a professional wrestling tag team that consist of twin brothers Mike and Todd Shane. They were best known for their appearances in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Gymini.[1]

History[edit]

After being trained at the Malenko School of Wrestling in Tampa, Florida, The Shane Twins debuted in the Florida based IPW Hardcore Wrestling in 1998 managed by Sir Ronald J. Niemi IV. They were originally known as "Biff Wentworth" (Mike) and "Chaz Wentworth" (Todd), collectively known as "The Wentworth Twins" or as "Phi De Kappa U". The Shane Twins held the IPW Tag Team Championships five times between 1998 and 2003. Their fifth reign began when they defeated The Road Warriors in Hokkaidō, Japan on a World Japan show. They would also take on the Warriors, as well as feud with The Nasty Boys, in the short-lived X Wrestling Federation at the promotion's Universal Studios Orlando TV tapings in November 2001.

The Shane Brothers as Phi Dekappa U w/ Ron Niemi wrestled The Pitbulls in the main event of an indie wrestling supershow named Break the Barrier at the world famous ECW Arena (Viking Hall) in Philadelphia, PA on May 15th, 1999. The exposure from this show led to dates in 2000 with CZW where they worked with the Haas Brothers. Also in 1999 the Shane Brothers would travel to New Jersey to work with Tommy Fierro's ISPW in matches with the Misfits and The Stormtroopers.

On Jan 13, 2001 Mike defeated former WCW wrestler The Dog (Al Green) to become the first IPW Hardcore Wrestling TV Champion. Mike was competing as a singlers wrestler while Todd was out with an injury.

On July 10, 2001 the Shane Twins won the vacant NWA Florida Tag Team Titles to become the Florida Unified Tag Team Champions (IPW Hardcore/NWA Florida) being The New Heavenly Bodies and The Market Crashers in a Triple Threat match.

On May 3, 2002; the Shane Twins won the JAPW Tag Team Championship after defeating Da Hit Squad at IPW WrestlePlex. But on July 13, they stripped of the titles due to unknown reasons.

On June 8, 2002; The Shane Twins won the NWA World Tag Team Titles from Chris Nelson and Vito DeNucci in Lima, Peru. The twins appeared on the first TNA PPV (June 19) under the ring names "Richard "Dick" Johnson" (Mike) and "Rod Johnson" (Todd), known collectively as "The Johnsons". They wore latex bodysuits, which were intended to make them resemble a pair of large penises. The Johnsons were managed by Mortimer Plumtree until they left TNA after several weeks. The Shane Twins were then stripped of the NWA Tag Team Championships, as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) would gain exclusive rights to that title on June 28, 2002.

On March 20, 2004 Todd Shane defeated Steve Madison for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship which he lost to Madison on September 4, 2004 to end their feud.

They then began working for (NWA Florida), where they formed a stable with Ron Niemi, Steve Madison and Rod Steel nown as "911 Incorporated", and won the NWA Florida Tag Team Championships on four occasions.

In January 2005 the Shane Twins were signed to developmental contracts by World Wrestling Entertainment, and on February 7, 2005 they were sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) to hone their skills. They were later transferred to Deep South Wrestling, where they became known as "The Regulators".

On January 6, 2006, the Shane twins debuted on SmackDown! as the proteges of Simon Dean, under a new team name of "Gymini". (The name was a play on both Simon Dean's gimmick - that of a nutrition supplement pitchman - and the mythological Gemini twins.) They were employed to destroy Paul London and Brian Kendrick, to the delight of Dean.

Gymini also frequently wrestled on WWE web show, Velocity, usually against jobbers. They were rarely seen on SmackDown!, until April when the team would get more exposure. For the most part the two men were unnamed; with announcers referring to them as "Gymini #1" and "#2" but during the April 14, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, their full ring names were revealed as "Jake" (Mike) and "Jesse" (Todd). Gymini continued to dominate SmackDown!'s other tag teams before Jesse (Todd) became injured. Gymini would make appearances in the WWE developmental promotion Deep South Wrestling (DSW) after Todd recovered. At the end of October 2006, the team appeared in various dark matches before SmackDown! events, where they were joined by a new valet Angel Williams.

They would not return to the main roster, however, but instead continue make appearances in DSW, on December 14, 2006, Gymini captured the DSW Tag Team titles.[2] On January 18, 2007, WWE announced that they had, in fact, released the twins.[3]

In July 2008, The Shane Twins returned to the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico for legendary promoter Carlos Colon.

Personal life[edit]

The Shane Twins were national high school and college tennis champions, attending Northwest Missouri State University on athletics scholarships, and they appeared in a television advertisement for the restaurant chain Sonny's BBQ

The Shane Twins are no longer active in professional wrestling, and currently work as bouncers at the 2001 Space Odyssey club in Tampa, Florida.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Independent Pro Wrestling (Florida)
  • IPW Tag Team Championship (5 times)
  • IPW Television Championship (1 time) – Mike
World
Regional
  • World Professional Wrestling Federation
  • WPWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/gymini.html
  2. ^ Clark, Ryan. "New Tag Team Champions, SD! Rating, Trish Notes, & More". From WrestlingInc.com. Retrieved 01-01-2007
  3. ^ "WWE releases Superstars". WWE. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 

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