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Gymini

The Shane Twins
-courtesy NWA Florida

REAL NAME: Mike and Todd Shane
Mike 6'4", Todd: 6'5, Both: 304 pounds
NICKNAMES: Chazz and Biff Wentworth, the Regulators, Gymini

When fitness guru Simon Dean threw out an open challenge on Smackdown recently, it wasn't meant for a one-on-on match, it was on behalf of Smackdown's newest tag team, the Gymini, who long-time watchers of the Florida indy scene know as the Shane Twins.

Former tennis players at Galesburg High School in Illinois, Mike and Todd Shane were trained by Dean Malenko and Eddie Sharkey and made their debuts in Florida in 1998. They remained in Florida for the early few years of their respective careers, wrestling for Independent Pro Wrestling and known as Chazz and Biff Wentworth. Between 1999 and 2001, they enjoyed three reigns as the Independent Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions, winning a 1999 tournament (defeating Mike Marcello and Pepe Prado in the finals) and then defeating the teams of Buck Quartermaine on September 11, 1999 and Freedom Ryder and Rod Steele and Mark Zout on April 21st, 2001 to regain the titles.

On July 21, 2001, the Shane Twins would add another championship to their resume when they defeated the New Heavenly Bodies and the Market Crashers to win the vacant NWA Florida Tag Team titles. In addition to tag team gold, Mike and Todd would also win singles titles during their early careers: Mike would win the IPW Television title while Todd would later gain the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championships.

The Shane Twins would leave Florida in May 2002, to defeat the Hit Squad and win the Jersey All Pro Tag Team titles but they would return to their native Sunshine State three weeks later to begin a second reign as NWA Florida Tag Team Champions.

In early June 2002, Mike and Todd headed to Peru where they defeated the Heavenly Bodies (Casanova Chris & Vivacious Vito) and became the NWA World Tag Team Champions. By June 28th, the Shane Twins were the co-holders of three different tag team titles: the NWA World Tag Team Championships, the NWA Florida Tag Team titles and the Jersey All Pro Tag belts. After a successful title defence that night, they vacated the NWA World Tag Team titles.

A week earlier, Mike And Todd had debuted in NWA-TNA, as Rod and Richard Johnson. The Johnsons, managed by Mortimer Plumtree, defeated James Storm and Psichosis on the very first edition of NWA-TNA's pay-per-views. After a loss to America's Most Wanted two weeks later, the Johnsons turned on Plumtree and headed back to Florida and life as the Shane Twins.

They had retained their Florida Tag Team titles during their time in TNA, before losing the titles on October 11, 2002 and began a third title reign on February 8, 2003 when they regained the titles from Scoot Andrews and Mikey Tenderfoot, a victory that also netted them another run as IPW Tag Team Champions. The Shane Twins would retain the Florida Tag Team titles at the 2003 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup, with a win over Danny Doring and Steve Corino but lost the titles to the Vandalz on June 14th, before heading to Japan.

Mike and Todd Shane spent most of the summer of 2003 in Japan, wrestling for World Japan Wrestling and defeated no less than the Road Warriors before returning to Florida in August and quickly regaining the NWA Florida Tag Team titles, in mid-August, and enjoyed a lengthy title reign.

In December 2003, the Shane Twins worked a dark match against the Hurricane and Rosey during a WWE match taped for Heat.

On March 20th, Todd Shane won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship, a title he would retain until losing to Steve Madison on September 4th. Todd and Mike reunited in late 2004 and continued to team in NWA Florida until the beginning of 2005.

It was then, after working a dark match during a January 2005 Tampa, Florida Smackdown taping (in which they defeated Shannon Moore and Steve Madison) that Todd and Mike Shane were signed to a three-year developmental deal with WWE.

The Shane Twins split time between Ohio Valley and working dark matches for WWE until September, when they were assigned to Deep South Wrestling. Known as the Regulators, Mike and Todd remained in Deep South Wrestling for the rest of 2005, wrestling tag matches almost exclusively. And as 2005 turned to 2006, the Shane Twins were brought up to WWE full-time.

Introduced by Simon Dean who looks to be their manager, the Shane Twins became Gymini, and destroyed Paul London and Brian Kendrick on the first Smackdown of 2006. Two weeks later, Gymini picked up a win over London and Kendrick.

However, Gymini didn't find much success on Smackdown, making only a few appearances on the show, being regulated to Velocity and returning to Deep South Wrestling to feud with Freakin' Deacon and Bill Demott.

--- compiled by John M. Milner