Shane Helms left WWE last year to enter the independent circuit. In WWE he wrestled as The Hurricane, Gregory Helms, and Hurricane Helms and also for his time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he wrestled as "Sugar" Shane Helms.
In the latest episode of Booker T's Heated Conversations podcast, Helms commented on the arrival of AEW: “[AEW] is gonna be good for the business. Competition is good, there’s an excitement in the air, those guys are some of my good friends, with Chris Jericho being a very close friend of mine.
I’m excited to see what they do. We need that again, when the business was on fire with that Monday Night Wars. There’s a lot of people that thought that would never be duplicated, and it still might not this time, it’s still too early to say."
On January 28, 2018, at Royal Rumble, Helms, as The Hurricane, entered the Rumble match as a surprise entrant at number 21, but was quickly eliminated by John Cena. One year later, on January 28, 2019, it was announced that he would return to WWE in a backstage producer role.
In June 2018, it was announced that Helms signed with Ring of Honor. He worked as wrestler and producer, including a feud against Marty Scurll.