Evan Karagias

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 169 lbs

Real Name: Evan Kavagias

DOB: 11/27/73

Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina

Other Names: None

Wrestler Since: 1998

Finishing Maneuver: Tidal Wave

PWI 500 2004 Ranking: #311

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #267(2003), #197(2002), #168(2001), #123(2000)

Official Website: http://www.evankaragias.com/

History: Evan Karagias certainly has a claim to fame in the fact that his name is hard to spell. He's also a decent wrestler with a great future. Karagias was trained in the WCW Power Plant, honing his natural skills to make him a star in the cruiserweight division. However, things didn't come easily for the young man, as he spent more than a year toiling in the low-card status, gaining respect with each and every match. He was the consummate jobber, losing to the larger stars to put them over. Things began to change as 1999 began to near its end. In October '99, Karagias was seen more and more with woman wrestler Madusa, which seemed to give him more credibility. He was allowed to compete in the World Title Tournament, but quickly allowed Madusa to pin him after a kiss. Karagias then became the #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Title, which was held by the Disco Inferno.

At Mayhem '99, Karagias made his WCW PPV debut, challenging the Disco Inferno for the title. Disco had a lot against him, as Creative Control (the Harris Brothers) attacked him before the match. Madusa also was at ringside for her man, trying to help him to the victory. In the end, it proved to be too much for the champion, as Karagias landed his finisher and got the victory, earning the Cruiserweight Title, the first belt of the man's career. For the next month, Karagias would defend the gold. But he also began to have problems with Madusa, since Karagias appeared to have a wandering eye towards the Nitro Girls, specifically Spice. This led to a catfight between the two ladies, with Karagias in the middle. Afterwards, Madusa challenged Karagias to a match, and they met, with the title on the line, at Starrcade '99. Karagias had the advantage near the end, and looked to be secure in the win, when Spice suddenly turned on him, distracting him enough so that Madusa could get him down for the victory, taking away the belt. Although a painful loss, Karagias' separation from Medusa led to what would finally bring him national recognition.

In December '99, Karagias returned to WCW along with "Sugar" Shane Helms and Shannon Moore to form 3 Count, the boy band of WCW. They immediately claimed to have a musical hit, coming out before their matches and lip-synching to "Can't Get You Out Of My Heart" while dancing on green circles. Usually, they were interrupted by their opposition. They started out with a great feud with the Jung Dragons (Jamie-san, Yun Yang, & Kaz Hayashi), flying all over the ring in 6-man tag-team action. The guys also participated in the Cruiserweight Title tournament, but Karagias surprisingly fell in the first round to Lash LeRoux. The Artist formerly known as Prince Iaukea came away with the belt in the end.

3 Count soon focused their attention on Norman Smiley, who showed his dislike for their music. Their first PPV match was at Superbrawl X, where Smiley, due to his injured ribs, was unmercifully beaten in a handicap match. 3 Count eventually took the win after a series of splashes, followed by a submission hold, making Smiley give up. The 3 Count team then declared that they were hardcore, leading to numerous fights with the Hardcore Champion, "Nasty Boy" Brian Knobbs. At the end of February '00, they managed an upset, taking out the champion and getting the Hardcore Title for themselves. Sharing it as a team, they went into Uncensored '00 to battle Knobbs once again, this time in a Gauntlet match. After Helms was eliminated, Karagias came out. Without his teammates to aid him, however, Karagias was crushed by Knobbs, who then dismantled Moore, getting his Hardcore strap back.

In April '00, Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo took control of WCW, forming two groups, the New Blood (younger wrestlers) and the Millionaire's Club (experienced wrestlers). Unfortunately, 3 Count did not figure into the plans, partially because of Shane Helms' broken nose, acquired in a match against the Jung Dragons. It later required surgery, and had Helms wearing a mask to protect it for a few weeks, whenever he wrestled. In late summer '00, the boy band finally returned to television, singing a new song, "Dance With 3 Count". This earned them the favor of Tank Abbott, who loved listening to them sing, and would attack anyone who tried to stop them. Abbott soon became 3 Count's manager/security guard/back-up dancer, sometimes bringing out a green "square" for himself to dance on.

Abbott & 3 Count soon began a running feud with the trio's old adversaries, the Jung Dragons. Their repeated encounters led to a Ladder match at New Blood Rising, with a recording contract & a gold record hanging from the ceiling. There were many hair-raising spots throughout the match, many of them using the metal ladder to add to the impact. Karagias had many spots, the most memorable being his powerslam of Hayashi into the ladder. The match was later won after interference by Abbott cleared the way for Karagias to climb the ladder and get the contract, winning the match and apparently getting 3 Count a record deal. After the match, Abbott took the contract & the gold record and left. Later on, Abbott announced that he should be the lead singer, with 3 Count as his back-up band. This proved to be too much for 3 Count, who told Abbott that they were through. A minor feud with Tank soon erupted, which basically went nowhere, as Tank soon after left WCW.

3 Count next feuded with the M-I-A, signing a match for them at Fall Brawl '00. It was Karagias, Helms, & Moore vs. Corporal Cajun (Lash Leroux), Lieutenant Loco (Chavo Guerrero Jr), and AWOL (the Wall). 3 Count did well against Cajun and Loco, but had a lot of trouble with the massive AWOL, the only heavyweight in the match. They did manage to send AWOL through a table, but it wasn't much comfort, as Cpl. Cajun later won the match with a "snow plow", getting the victory for the faces. This was the end of the M-I-A/3 Count feud. Soon after, the core of 3 Count began crumbling.

Karagias became more egotistical, taking over the center circle during 3 Count matches. In November '00, it all came to a head, when 3 Count was once again wrestling the Jung Dragons. After Karagias took the pinfall away from Helms & Moore, the duo turned on him, taking out their former leader. Karagias soon joined up with Jamie Knoble (formerly known as Jamie-san), who had been unmasked and kicked out of the Jung Dragons by Leia Meow, their manager. They formed a third tag-team, intent on battling it out with 3 Count (Helms & Moore) and the Dragons (Yang & Hayashi). The three teams' wars with each other soon culminated in a Triangle Tag-Team match signed for Mayhem '00. The match was incredible, with spots coming from all angles, including a splash by Meow into all of the wrestlers. In the end, 3 Count emerged victorious, taking out Jang with their double-team neckbreaker.

The three groups continued to feud into the next month, when it was announced that there was going to be a Cruiserweight Contendership Ladder match at Starrcade '00. It involved all three tag-teams, which led to more insane action from all 6 wrestlers throughout the match, as they tried to reach the Cruiserweight Title contract hanging above the ring. Early on in the match, while the other two teams fought towards where the ladder was located, Helms & Moore broke off, getting a hidden ladder and sneaking into the ring with it. But they were seen by the Jung Dragons, who knocked them down. There were a lot of massive spots from all wrestlers, including the ladders being set up like scaffolding at one point. On top of the ladders, Shane & Shannon tossed Knoble & Yang off, then worked as a team, with both men grabbing the contract. Once again, Karagias' old partners had come out on top, defeating him & Knoble.

For the first few months of '01, Karagias and Knoble rarely climbed out of the darkness, only wrestling pointless matches against other cruiserweights, while the other two members of 3 Count stayed in the spotlight. At Superbrawl '01, the three tag-teams that had fought so much were brought together once again, as a "Four Corners Elimination" match was formed between the 6 wrestlers. All three teams worked together at the beginning of the match, and unfortunately for Karagias, the two members of 3 Count proved their skills once again, eliminating him first when Helms hit the Vertebreaker on him. Later in the match, Moore surprisingly turned on Helms, attacking him. Helms fought through it though, taking out Moore and Hayashi to win the match. Shortly thereafter, during a match between Karagias/Knoble and 3 Count, Karagias turned on Knoble and rejoined Moore in beating down Helms, retaking his mantle in 3 Count.

Karagias & Moore would remain a high-flying, egotistical tag-team for the last months of the Turner-ran WCW. They competed in the first Cruiserweight Tag-Team Title Tournament, taking out Jason Jett & Scotty O in the first round. They were then bested by the veterans, Rey Mysterio Jr & Billy Kidman, and thus did not appear at WCW Greed, watching instead from the sidelines. They did make an appearance on the Season Finale show in March, wrestling for a shot at the Cruiserweight Tag-Team Champions, Kid Romeo & Elix Skipper. But they were bested, once again, by Mysterio & Kidman (with Yang & Hayashi also involved in the match), and watched as the Filthy Animals went on to defeat Romeo & Skipper for the belts. Karagias has to be considered a potential future star in the wrestling business, both for his ability to move and his skill on the mic. It will be interesting to see where he eventually ends up.

Pay-Per-View Summary: (6 - 17, 1 NC)
- WCW World Title Tournament (October '99) = Karagias fell in the first round to Madusa. Bret Hart won the tournament.
- WCW Mayhem '99 = Karagias pinned the Disco Inferno to win the Cruiserweight Title.
- WCW Starrcade '99 = Karagias was beaten by Madusa, who came away with the Cruiserweight belt.
- WCW World Tag-Team Title Tournament (December '99) = Karagias & Vampiro lost in the first round to David Flair & Crowbar, who eventually won the tournament.
- WCW Cruiserweight Title Tournament (February '00) = Karagias was beaten by Lash LeRoux in the first round. The Artist won the tournament.
- WCW Superbrawl X ('00) = 3 Count (Karagias, Shane Helms, & Shannon Moore) defeated Norman Smiley in a Handicap match.
- WCW Uncensored '00 = 3 Count lost the Hardcore Title to Brian Knobs in an Elimination match.
- WCW New Blood Rising (August '00) = 3 Count won a Ladder Match over Yun Yang, Kaz Hayashi, & Jamie-San.
- WCW Fall Brawl '00 = 3 Count was beaten by Corporal Cajun, Lt. Loco, and AWOL.
- WCW Mayhem '00 = Karagias & Jamie Knoble were defeated by Shane Helms & Shannon Moore in a "Triangle Match", with Yun Yang & Kaz Hayashi as the other team.
- WCW Starrcade '00 = Karagias & Jamie Knoble were beaten by Shane Helms & Shannon Moore in a ladder match. Yun Yang & Kaz Hayashi were the other participants.
- WCW Superbrawl: Revenge ('01) = Karagias lost a Four Corners Cruiserweight Contenders match to Shane Helms. The other participants were Shannon Moore, Jamie Knoble, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang.
- WCW Cruiserweight Tag-Team Title Tournament (February-March '01) = Karagias & Shannon Moore defeated Scotty O & Jason Jett, but then were taken out by Rey Mysterio Jr & Billy Kidman. Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo won the tournament.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (August 14, '01) = Karagias & Shannon Moore lost, via DQ, to Ash Parker & Timebomb.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (August 21, '01) = Karagias fought to a No-Contest with Shannon Moore.
- HWA Batavia Show (August 25, '01) = Karagias & Shannon Moore lost to Shark Boy & Timebomb.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (August 28, '01) = Karagias fell to Shark Boy.
- HWA Covington Show (August 30, '01) = Karagias & Victoria were beaten by Shark Boy & Molly Holly.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (September 4, '01) = Karagias, Shannon Moore, Jason Jett, Kwee Wee, Lash LeRoux & Jamie Knoble won a "HWA vs. WCW" Match over Lance Cade, Cody Hawk, Pepper Parks, Matt Stryker & the Jablonskis.
- HWA Cincinnati Show (October 9, '01) = Karagias, Shannon Moore & Jimmy Yang defeated Pepper Parks & the Jablonskis.
- HWA Dayton Show (November 14, '01) = Karagias & Shannon Moore fell to the Island Boys, who won the HWA Tag-Team Titles.
- XPW Los Angeles Show (February 23, '02) = Karagias was beaten by Psicosis.
- XPW Los Angeles Show (April 27, '02) = Karagias lost to Vic Grimes.

Title Summary:
- WCW World Cruiserweight Champion (11/21/99 - 12/19/99)
- WCW World Hardcore Champion w/ Shane Helms & Shannon Moore (2/28/00 - 3/19/00)
- AWA Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion (3/22/02 - 5/02/02)
- AWA Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/04/02 - 10/19/02)
- AWA Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Champion(3) (7/06/03 - Current)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 1 1st RU, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)
- 1999 Rookie of the Year, 1st Runner-Up