Chris Chavis began his wrestling career in 1989, he first made his mark in the NWA where he was known as the "American War Eagle". Before then, he went to Bethel High School and was a member of the Virginia state championship football team. Afterward he moved to…more
The two biggest influences on Chris' professional wrestling career are Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Wahoo McDaniels.
He made his WrestleMania debut on April 5, 1992 in a match against Rick "The Model" Martel.
Of the senior class at Bethel High School in 1978, he was voted Most Popular.
He never once held a championship title during his time in the WWE.
During the beginning years of his wrestling career he was tutored by a fellow Native American superstar, Chief Jay Strongbow.
After leaving the then WWF in 1996, was subsequently offered a deal by WCW President Eric Bischoff but declined in order to devote more time to his family and religion.
He won his WWE Velocity debut on February the 11th, defeating Jacques Plisken.
His stage-name of "Tatanka" means "big bull" or "big buffalo" in Lakota.
He attended school at James Madison University before turning to bodybuilding and ultimately wrestling.
He attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia and played on the Virginia state championship football team.
His parents are Stoney and Patricia Chavis.
Has two daughters, Christiana Mariah and Rhea Aiyana, and one son, Joseph Tatanka.
He garnered a winning streak of all-most two years during his time in the WWE before finally being defeated by Ludvig Borga on September 28, 1993.
His first match took place on January 13, 1990 in Philadelphia against Joe Thunderstorm.
Buddy Rogers set-up what was to become his wrestling career, Chavis met Rogers in a Florida video store.
Chris had tryouts with several NFL teams such as: the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders.
He worked for Bally's Health and Tennis Corporation from 1985 up until 1990.
He twice placed first in the "Mr. Goldcoast" bodybuilding competition, once in 1983 and again in 1988.
He entered his first bodybuilding contest (Mr. Virginia Beach) in 1982, and finished second.
Chris: (concerning the advice he would give to an aspiring wrestler)
Do not think it is easy or fake and get ready to pay your dues. It is not a business of high flying moves, but the best on top know when and what to do in the ring at the right time. There is no shortcut to success. It only comes by vision, hard work, and discipline.