Tatanka

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Title History

  • SAPW (South Atlantic Pro Wrestling) Heavyweight title defeating Ken Shamrock (1990);
  • USWA Unified World Heavyweight title defeating Jerry Lawler (September 13, 1993);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title defeating Sid Vicious [Tournament] (October 1998);
  • IWA World Heavyweight title defeating Tom “The Butcher” Burton (November 11, 1999);
  • SOW Australasian Heavyweight title defeating One Man Gang for vacant title (July 28, 2000);
  • SOW Australasian Heavyweight title defeating One Man Gang (August 3, 2000);
  • DWA (Deutsche Wrestling Allianz) Heavyweight title defeating Martin Nolte (November 10, 2007);

Career Highlights

  • Chris Chavis is a member of the Lumbee Native American Tribe.
  • Chris Chavis received tryouts for the NFL; teams such as Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders.
  • 1982-88: Chris Chavis was a professional body-builder and power-lifter.

World Wrestling Federation – Native American Tatanka:

  • February 2, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: Tatanka defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • February 17, 1992 – Prime Time Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Kato.
  • February 22, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated B.A. Dalton.
  • March 1, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: Tatanka defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • March 7, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Doug Somers.
  • March 16, 1992 – Prime Time Wrestling: Tatanka defeated The Warlord.
  • March 21, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Pete Sanchez.
  • April 4, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Sandy Beach.
  • April 5, 1992 – Wrestlemania 8: Tatanka defeated Rick “The Model” Martel.
  • April 12, 1992 – Wrestling Challenge: Tatanka defeated Brad Avery.
  • May 2, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Brian Costello.
  • May 16, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Barry Hardy.
  • June 13, 1992 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • June 15, 1992 – Prime Time Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Skinner.
  • August 29, 1992 – Summerslam: Tatanka defeated The Berzerker.
  • November 24, 1992 – Survivor Series: Tatanka defeated Rick Martel.
  • November 30, 1992 – Prime Time Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Papa Shango by DQ.
  • ~~~During the match, Papa Shango tried to place a curse on Tatanka but ended up getting disqualified.
  • February 1, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Damian Demento.
  • February 15, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka participated in a Battle Royal won by The Razor Ramon.
  • February 22, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka and The Nasty Boys defeated Shawn Michaels and The Beverly Brothers.
  • March 15, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Reno Riggins.
  • April 4, 1993 – Wrestlemania 9: Tatanka defeated Shawn Michaels by countout.
  • April 12, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Skull Von Krush.
  • April 19, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Art Thomas.
  • May 17, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Scott Taylor.
  • June 7, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Peter Weeks.
  • June 13, 1993 – King of the Ring: Tatanka vs Lex Luger was a draw in the Quarter Finals (both eliminated).
  • July 12, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated The Brooklyn Brawler.
  • August 9, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Mr. Hughes by Countout.
  • August 30, 1993 – Summerslam: Tatanka and The Smoking Gunns defeated The Head Shrinkers and Bam Bam Bigelow.
  • September 13, 1993: Tatanka defeated Jerry Lawler to win the USWA Heavyweight title.
  • September 20, 1993: Jerry Lawler defeated Tatanka to recapture the USWA Heavyweight title.
  • September 27, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka vs. Rick Martel ended in a Double Countout.
  • October 4, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka participated in a 20 man battle royal to determine the new Intercontinental champion.
  • October 18, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated “Iron” Mike Sharpe.
  • December 20, 1993 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Ludvig Borga by disqualification.
  • January 17, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated George South.
  • January 22, 1994 – Royal Rumble: Tatanka defeated Bam Bam Bigelow.
  • March 21, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Chris Hamrick.
  • April 4, 1994 – RAW: The Headshrinkers defeated Tatanka and 1-2-3 Kid.
  • May 2, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Derrick Domino.
  • May 14, 1994 – Superstars of Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Gus Kantarakis.
  • May 30, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka vs. Crush ended in a Double Countout.
  • June 6, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Crush in a Lumberjack match.
  • June 16, 1994 – King of the Ring: Owen Hart defeated Tatanka in the first round of the Tournament.
  • July 4, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Jeff Jarrett.
  • July 25, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Nikolai Volkoff in a $10,000 Challenge Match.
  • August 8, 1994 – RAW: Bam Bam Bigelow and Irwin R. Schyster defeated Tatanka and Doink The Clown.
  • Tatanka began accusing Lex Luger of ‘selling out’ to Ted DiBiase and joining the Million Dollar Corporation.
  • ~~~It was a swerve in the end, and it ended up being the one who ‘sold out’ and joined the Million Dollar Corporation.

World Wrestling Federation – The Million Dollar Corporation:

  • August 29, 1994 – Summerslam: Tatanka defeated Lex Luger and joined Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation!
  • September 26, 1994 – RAW: Razor Ramon defeated Tatanka by Countout.
  • October 24, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Scott Taylor.
  • November 21, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka defeated Chris Kanyon.
  • November 23, 1994 – Survivor Series: Luger/Mabel/ABomb/Gunn/Gunn vs Tatanka/Bigelow/Bundy/DelRay/Prichard.
  • December 26, 1994 – RAW: Tatanka vs. The British Bulldog ended in a Double Countout.
  • January 2, 1995 – RAW: Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka vs. Lex Luger and The British Bulldog ended in a double Countout.
  • ~~~Later that night: The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and The British Bulldog) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka.
  • January 22, 1995 – Royal Rumble: 123 Kid and Bob Holly defeated Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the Tag Title Tournament finals.
  • ~~~After the match, Tatanka and Ted DiBiase walked out on Bigelow, leading to the Lawrence Taylor ‘incident’.
  • February 6, 1995 – RAW: King Kong Bundy, Irwin R. Schyster and Tatanka defeated Men On A Mission and Lex Luger.
  • February 27, 1995 – RAW: Lex Luger defeated Tatanka by Count-out.
  • April 10, 1995 – RAW: Adam Bomb vs. Tatanka ended in a double Count-out.
  • June 19, 1995 – RAW: Sycho Sid and Tatanka defeated The Headshrinkers (Fatu and Samu).
  • June 25, 1995 – King of the Ring: Diesel and Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Sycho Sid and Tatanka w/Ted DiBiase.
  • July 10, 1995 – RAW: The Allied Powers (Lex Luger and British Bulldog) defeated Tatanka and Henry Godwinn.
  • August 21, 1995 – RAW: The Undertaker defeated Tatanka.
  • September 18, 1995 – RAW: Kama and Tatanka defeated Bob Holly and Savio Vega.
  • February 19, 1996 – RAW: The Undertaker defeated Tatanka.
  • March 18, 1996 – RAW: Bret Hart defeated Tatanka (last TV appearance) with interference from 1-2-3 Kid.

Semi-retirement:

  • September 11, 1999: Tatanka defeated Tom “The Butcher” Burton to win the IWA title and retain the CWA title.

World Wrestling Entertainment:

  • August 1, 2005 – RAW: Eugene Dinsmore w/Christy Hemme vs Tatanka ended in a No Contest after Kurt Angle interfered.
  • August 2, 2005: Tatanka announced on his website that he has accepted a 2-year contract with World Wrestling Entertainment!
  • December 27-30, 2005 – Live Event (RAW crew): Shelton Benjamin and Tatanka defeated Carlito Cool and The Coach.
  • January 29, 2006 – Royal Rumble: Tatanka (surprise!) entered at #15 but was later eliminated by Mercury and Nitro.
  • February 11, 2006 – Velocity: Tatanka defeated Jacus Plisken.
  • February 17, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Scotty Matthews in a match taped for Velocity.
  • February 19, 2006 – No Way Out: Matt Hardy and Tatanka defeated MNM (Mercury and Nitro w/Melina) in a Non-title match.
  • February 24, 2006 – SmackDown: MNM (Mercury and Nitro w/Melina) defeated Matt Hardy and Tatanka to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • February 25, 2006 – Live Event: MNM (Mercury and Nitro w/Melina) defeated Matt Hardy and Tatanka to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • February 26, 2006 – Live Event: MNM (Mercury and Nitro w/Melina) defeated Matt Hardy and Tatanka to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • March 3, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Booker T w/Sharmell after distraction from The Boogeyman!
  • March 10, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Frankie Ciasto in a match taped for Velocity.
  • March 17, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Big Vito w/Nunzio in a match taped for Velocity.
  • March 19, 2006 – Live Event: Finlay defeated Tatanka.
  • March 24, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka participated in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Battle Royal (won by Bobby Lashley).
  • March 31, 2006 – SmackDown: Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley and Tatanka defeated Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro and Fit Finlay.
  • April 8, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Simon Dean.
  • April 9, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Orlando Jordan.
  • April 14, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Nunzio in a match taped for Velocity.
  • April 19, 2006 – Live Event: Finlay defeated Tatanka.
  • April 20, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka vs Matt Hardy ended in a no contest.
  • April 21, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated The Road Warrior.
  • April 23, 2006 – Live Event: Finlay defeated Tatanka.
  • April 24, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Orlando Jordan.
  • April 25, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated The Road Warrior.
  • April 26, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Gunner Scott.

World Wrestling Entertainment – Birth of a Lakota Warrior:

  • May 5, 2006 – SmackDown: (VIDEO PACKAGE) The “Rebirth of Tatanka” – – Tatanka and friends spend time in the sweat lodge.
  • May 6, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka and Matt Hardy defeated The Gymini.
  • May 12, 2006 – SmackDown: (VIDEO PACKAGE) Tanaka “A New Lakota Member” – – Tatanka is welcomed into the Lakota Tribe.
  • May 13, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka and Funaki defeated Simon Dean and Jake.
  • May 14, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka and Funaki defeated Simon Dean and Jake.
  • May 19, 2006 – SmackDown: (VIDEO PACKAGE) Tanaka “A True Lakota Warrior” – – Tatanka will return to SmackDown next week.
  • May 26, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Simon Dean..
  • June 2, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Scott Williams in a match taped for Velocity.
  • June 7, 2006 – WWE vs ECW: Jimmy Yang defeated Tatanka in a “Dark Match”.
  • ~~~LATER THAT NIGHT: Tatanka was in a WWE vs ECW Battle Royal, won by The Big Show (who defected to ECW).
  • June 10, 2006 – Velocity: Tatanka defeated Seth James.
  • June 17, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Mr. Kennedy.
  • June 18, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Sylvester Terkay.
  • June 19, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Sylvester Terkay.
  • June 23, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka vs Simon Dean ended in a No Contest when The Great Khali attacked both men!
  • June 24, 2006 – Live Event: The Great Khali defeated Tatanka.
  • June 29, 2006 – Live Event: Mr. Kennedy defeated Tatanka.
  • July 7, 2006 – SmackDown: The Great Khali w/Daivari defeated Tatanka and then put Tatanka into a body bag.
  • July 28, 2006 – SmackDown: Sylvan defeated Tatanka by using Tatanka’s tamahawk (Sylvan disrespected Tatank’s headdress).
  • August 4, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Sylvan to get revenge for what Sylvan did to him last week.

World Wrestling Entertainment – If It Wasn’t for BAD Luck, He’d Have No Luck At All.:

World Wrestling Entertainment – The NEW Tatanka:

  • October 27, 2006 – SmackDown: William Regal and Dave Taylor defeated Bobby Lashley and Tatanka (Tatanka attacked Lashley).
  • November 3, 2006 – SmackDown: Tatanka appeared after Bobby Lashley’s match match with war paint on and cut a promo.
  • November 4, 2006 – Live Event: Bobby Lashley defeated Tatanka.
  • November 9, 2006 – Live Event: Tatanka defeated Funaki.
  • November 11, 2006 – Live Event: WWE tag team champions Brian Kendrick and Paul London defeated Tatanka and Gregory Helms and KC James and Idol Stevens to retain the titles.
  • November 15, 2006 – Live Event: Mike Mizanin defeated Tatanka.
  • November 17, 2006 – SmackDown: United States Champion Chris Benoit defeated Tatanka by Submission in a Non-title match.
  • December 4, 2006 – Live Event: Vito defeated Tatanka.
  • December 8, 2006 – SmackDown: Henry O. Godwinn and Ray Gordy defeated Rob Conway and Tatanka in a dark match.
  • January 5, 2007 – SmackDown: Tatanka vs Jimmy Wang Yang ended in a draw in a SmackDown Sprint match.
  • January 12, 2007 – SmackDown: Tatanka defeated Jimmy Wang Yang in a rematch from last week.
  • January 19, 2007: Tatanka was released (along with a lot of others) from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract.

Independent Wrestling:

  • March 23, 2007 – BTW: Tatanka defeated Frankie Kazarian.
  • June 1, 2007 – Pro Wrestling Renaissance: Tatanka defeated Dustin Thomas w/Brock Guffman in Dunkirk, Indiana.
  • November 10, 2007 – DWA: Tatanka defeated Martin Nolte to win the DWA Heavyweight title in Wittorf, Germany.
  • February 2, 2008 – DWA: DWA heavyweight champion Tatanka defeated Jean-Pierre LaFitte to retain the title.
  • March 29, 2008 – BTW: Tatanka defeated Doink The Clown.
  • April 5, 2008 – WWPW: Tatanka, Steve Douglas, Marshal T and Mr. Excellent defeated Big Van Walter, Joe E. Legend, Kaio and Demon Brix.
  • April 9, 2008 – ASW: Tatanka defeated Hannibal.
  • April 11, 2008 – American Wrestling Rampage: Tatanka defeated Joe Legend.
  • July 8, 2008 – Wrestling Super Show: Tatanka defeated Ravenous Randy.
  • September 2, 2008 – Rampage Pro Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Doink The Clown in Warner Robins, Georgia.
  • September 9, 2008 – Rampage Pro Wrestling: Tatanka defeated Doink The Clown in Warner Robins, Georgia.
  • October 11, 2008 – BTW: Tatanka defeated John Walters.
  • October 26, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Cannonball Grizzly.
  • November 4, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 5, 2008 – AWR: Joe E. Legend defeated Tatanka.
  • November 6, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 8, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 9, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 10, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 11, 2008 – AWR: Tatanka defeated Joe E. Legend.
  • November 14, 2008 – SWO: Tatanka vs Joe E. Legend ended in a no contest. Joe E. Legend and Tatanka defeated Michael Kovac and Murat Bosporus.
  • November 15, 2008 – DWA: DWA heavyweight champion Tatanka defeated Cannonball Grizzly to retain the title.
  • November 20, 2008 – ASW: Tatanka defeated The Iceman.
  • November 22, 2008 – ASW: Tatanka and James Mason defeated Drew McDonald and Karl Kramer.
  • November 26, 2008 – ASW: Tatanka and Kid Cool defeated Bad News Brown and Karl Kramer.
  • December 21, 2008 – ISW: Tatanka defeated Starbuck to win the ISW heavyweight title.

2009:

  • February 7, 2009 – DWA: DWA heavyweight champion Tatanka defeated Chris Raaber to retain the tile.
  • February 8, 2009 – RWA: RWA heavyweight champion Brody Steele defeated Tatanka to retain the title.
  • March 21, 2009 – Wrestling Legends Tour: DWA heavyweight champion Tatanka defeated Doug Williams to retain the title.
  • March 22, 2009 – Wrestling Legends Tour: Tatanka defeated Jim Powers.
  • September 26, 2009 – Pro Wrestling Unplugged: Tatanka defeated “Backseat Boy” Matt Walsh.
  • October 10, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka defeated Drew McDonald.
  • October 13, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka and Deano defeated Jamie Gardiner and Steve Allison.
  • October 18, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka defeated Drew McDonald.
  • October 14, 2009 – WWPW: Tatanka defeated Raven.
  • October 29, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka defeated Drew McDonald.
  • October 30, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka and Ricky Steamboat Jr. defeated Doug Williams and Nick Aldis.
  • October 31, 2009 – ASW: Tatanka defeated American Avalanche.
  • November 1, 2009 – ASW: American Avalance and Karl Kramer defeated Tatanka and Damon Brix.
  • November 14, 2009 – DWA: Joe E. Legend defeated Tatanka to retain the title.
  • November 20, 2009 – NWS: Tatanka and The Patriot vs. The New Wild Samoans (Samu and King Nagu) ended in a no contest.
  • November 21, 2009 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tatanka defeated “Too Cocky” Kevin Matthews w/Gigolo Joe Jones.
  • December 17, 2009 – TNA iMPACT: “Native American” Tatanka defeated Jay Lethal in a Black Machismo Invitational Match.

2010:

  • February 6, 2010 – Wrestling Legends Tour: Absolute Andy and Virgil defeated Tatanka and Joe E. Legend by disqualification.
  • February 7, 2010 – Wrestling Legends Tour: DWA heavyweight champion Joe E. Legend vs Tatanka ended in a no contest.
  • April 10, 2010 – BTW: Tatanka, Scott Reed and Flex Armstrong defeated JD Maverick, AJ Mitrano and Benny Jux.
  • April 30, 2010 – NWS: Kevin Matthews defeated Tatanka with the help of manager Royce Profit and bodyguard Danny Demanto.
  • May 1, 2010 – National Wrestling Superstars: Tatanka w/Dawn Marie defeated “The Cold-Hearted Playa” Danny Demanto.
  • November 6, 2010 – Championship Wrestling International: Tatanka defeated “Textbook” Tyson Dux in Caledonia, Ontario.
  • November 15, 2010 – Old School RAW: Tatanka was one of many old school wrestlers to appear on this special episode.

2011:

  • January 29, 2011 – Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Tatanka participated in a Legends Wrestle-Royale in Los Angeles, California.
  • February 18, 2011 – GHC: Tatanka defeated Michael Kovac.
  • February 25, 2011 – DWA: DWA heavyweight champion Joe E. Legend defeated Tatanka to retain the title.
  • February 26, 2011 – Wrestling Legends Tour: Tatanka defeated Absolute Andy.
  • March 17, 2011 – TWE: Tatanka and Anthony Fiasco defeated Vlad The Penetrator and Flesh.
  • May 12, 2011 – RWE: Tatanka defeated Turkan Celik.
  • May 14, 2011 – CWI Live Event in Canada: Tatanka defeated Steve Corino.
  • May 15, 2011 – CWI: Tatanka and Justin Sane defeated Asylum and Matt Burns.
  • June 4, 2011 – SCW: Tatanka, Kiyoshi and Bushwacker Luke defeated Boris Brezhnev, James Champagne and Pierre Khoury.
  • August 13, 2011 – CCW: CCW heavyweight champion Kahagas defeated Tatanka by disqualification to retain the title.
  • September 24, 2011 – SCW: Tatanka and Bushwacker Luke defeated Marcus Marquez and Sebastian Suave.
  • November 18, 2011 – CWI: Tatanka defeated Boris Brezhnev.
  • November 19, 2011 – CWI: Tatanka defeated Sylvain Grenier.
  • December 3, 2011 – ACW: Tatanka defeated Soren Reuter to win the ACW title.

2012:

  • February 24, 2012 – PWF: Tatanka defeated Billy Gunn.
  • February 25, 2012 – Wrestling Legends Tour: Ulf Hermann defeated Tatanka.
  • February 26, 2012 – DPW: Chaos defeated Tatanka.
  • April 26, 2012 – PWE: Jon Thornhill, Owen Brody, Rick Daniels and Sebastien Reese defeated Tatanka, Cousin Larry, Uncle Sonny and Hillbily Moonshine.
  • May 31, 2012 – CWE: Tatanka defeated Wavell Starr by disqualification. Tatanka and Bobby Collins defeated Wavell Starr and Vance Nevada.
  • June 1, 2012 – CWE: Anderson Tyson Moore defeated Tatanka.
  • June 2, 2012 – CWE: Tatanka defeated Tommy Lee Curtis.
  • June 3, 2012 – CWE: Tatanka and Darren Dalton defeated Moses Luke and The Axe. CWE heavyweight champion Moses Luke vs Tatanka ended in a no contest to retain the title.
  • July 1, 2012 – SCW: Tatanka, Sonjay Dutt and Tiger Jeet Singh defeated Big Daddy V, Steve Corino and Darkko.
  • August 16, 2012 – IPWA: Tatanka defeated Rabbi Swissa to win the heavyweight title.
  • September 14, 2012 – Chikara: Jerry Lynn, Tommy Dreamer and Too Cold Scorpio defeated Tatanka, The 1-2-3 Kid and Aldo Montoya.
  • September 15, 2012 – Chikara: Tatanka defeated Sugar Dunkerton.
  • October 19, 2012 – RCW: Tatanka defeated Heavy Metal.
  • October 20, 2012 – RCW: RCW heavyweight champion Wavell Starr defeated Tatanka to retain the title.
  • October 21, 2012 – RCW: Tatanka, Red Thunder and Wavell Starr defeated Heavy Metal, Andrew Hawks and Johnny Devine.

2013:

  • February 22, 2013 – DPW Legends Tour: Tatanka defeated Michael Schenkenberg.
  • February 23, 2013 – SWS: Tatanka defeated Conny Mejsel.
  • February 24, 2013 – DPW Legends Tour: Tatanka defeated Chaos.
  • June 16, 2013 – ACW Summer Heat: Tatanka defeated Berengar.
  • June 22, 2013 – GHW: Tatanka defeated Absolute Andy and Murat Bosporus in a 3-way match to win the GHW heavyweight title. Murat Bosporus defeated Tatanka to win the GHW heavyweight title.

    Bottomless Jack wrote: Before coming into the WWF Chris Chavis was known as “War Eagle’ Chris Chavis in South Atlantic Pro Wrestling which was televised in the Carolinas, and feuded with Robert Fuller and his protege Vincent Torelli (AKA Ken Shamrock) in 1990/1991. During the Spring of 1991 the WWF began a search for a new “Indian” gimmick wrestler and Chavis was given at least 3 or 4 tryout matches along with Steve Gatorwolf, Charlie Norris and others. Eventually Chavis was chosen and was to be brought in by the end of ’91 under his real name. Vince changed the gimmick from a guy with Indian Heritage to a full blooded Indian and renamed him Tatanka by the final Vignette that aired.