Last year, former WWE star “Hurricane” Shane Helms hosted a watch party for All In, which was the self-funded event put on by Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks. Despite telling Cody he’d work for free, Helms was still paid for his services.
However, he later sent the paycheck back as a gift to the group for what they’re doing for the business. Helms explained his decision in a recent interview with Fightful:
It was Starrcast with All In, so I was booked for that as a part of Keepin’ It 100. Then they booked me for a live viewing party. Conrad loves when I host things and talk crazy and that stuff. Being if Ring of Honor with Cody, I said I’d be there if they needed me for anything.
I said ‘I’m not looking for a payday, I like what you all are doing, I’ll contribute in any way I can.’ Cody was worried about insulting me by offering me something he thought was beneath me. I was like ‘Bro. No. Whatever you need, I’ll do.’ He paid me and I sent it back. I told him I was going to do that.
It was my gift to them for doing what they were doing. It shined such a positive light on the business. It shows you what’s possible when you do things the right way.