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Former WCW Wrestler Evan Karagias Arrested on Assault Charge

Former WCW Wrestler Evan Karagias Arrested on Assault Charge

Evan Karagias, a former WCW professional wrestler, was arrested for assault in the early morning hours of November 1, jail records show.

According to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, Karagias was arrested at 1:42 a.m. The Gastonia resident was charged with simple assault and injury to personal property. Following his arrest, the former WCW star posted his $25,000 secured bond.

Evan Karagias began his professional wrestling career in 1997 when he debuted in WCW as “The Outrageous Karagias.” The budding star was a “jobber” in the early days of his career, amassing an impressively bad record of only 8 wins in almost 50 matches.

After a brief run with professional wrestling legend Medusa, Karagias finally found his stride with 3 Count. Alongside Shane Helms and Shannon Moore, Evan Karagias was the third member of the boy band of WCW.

Four years after debuting in WCW, Karagias departed the world of televised professional wrestling in 2001 when WCW was absorbed by WWE (then WWF, World Wrestling Federation). He was released in December 2001 after several months off TV.

From there, he continued his career on independent circuits until 2010 and appeared in around a dozen films and TV shows, including The Cursed, Sinners and Saints, and Metal Gear.

Shane Helms Reflects on 3 Count With Evan Karagias

In a recent interview, Shane Helms – now a producer with WWE – reflected on his time in WCW’s 3 Count with Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore. According to Helms, Karagias and Moore weren’t quite as invested in the fictional boy band as he was.

“I don’t know if they applied themselves to the dance moves,” Helms told INSIGHT with Chris Van Vliet. “I actually bought a — I was telling Ricochet this story – I bought a CD burner back then, which was like seven or $900. It was so expensive to burn the song for them so that they could practice the dance at home. Like that’s how committed I was to making that thing work.”

As Helms explained, his time with Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore lasted less than a year. Though 3 Count is a memorable moment in WCW history, it was extremely short-lived.

“With the 3 Count, people really hung on to that a lot,” Helms explained. “We only did it for nine months. But as much as I hear about 3 Count, you would think I would have done it so much longer. Because I do hear about it all the time, and we weren’t 3 Count all that long.”

“So for a band, as far as boy bands go, I don’t know what the average is on staying together. But we didn’t stay together very long.”