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[Tatanka Gallery]
Wrestler: "The Native American" Tatanka
Lakota translation: "Buffalo"
Real Name: Chris Chavis
Birthday: June 8, 1961
Hometown: Pembroke, North Carolina
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'2" - 285 lbs
Trained by: Larry Sharpe
Debut: 1989
Previous Gimmicks: Chris Chavis (WWF/Indy)
American War Eagle (NWA)
Finishing Move: Tomahawk Chop
Favorite Moves: The Indian Death Drop
Notable Feuds: Ludvig Borga
Lex Luger
Bam Bam Bigelow
Mercury & Nitro
Sylvan
Official Website: http://www.nativetatanka.com

  • CWA Heavyweight title;
  • IWA World Heavyweight title defeating Tom "The Butcher" Burton (September 11, 1999 );

  • 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:
  • April 5, 1992 - Wrestlemania 8: Tatanka defeated Rick "The Model" Martel..
  • August 29, 1992 - Summerslam: Tatanka defeated The Berzerker..
  • November 24, 1992 - Survivor Series: Tatanka defeated Rick Martel..
  • April 4, 1993 - Wrestlemania 9: Tatanka defeated Shawn Michaels by countout..
  • June 13, 1993 - King of the Ring: Tatanka vs Lex Luger was a draw in the Quarter Finals (both eliminated)..
  • August 30, 1993 - Summerslam: Tatanka & The Smoking Gunns defeated The Head Shrinkers & 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..
  • January 22, 1994 - Royal Rumble: Tatanka defeated Bam Bam Bigelow..
  • June 16, 1994 - King of the Ring: Owen Hart defeated Tatanka in the first round of the Tournament..
  • 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!
  • November 23, 1994 - Survivor Series: Luger/Mabel/ABomb/Gunn/Gunn vs Tatanka/Bigelow/Bundy/DelRay/Prichard..
  • January 22, 1995 - Royal Rumble: 123 Kid & Bob Holly defeated Bam Bam Bigelow & Tatanka in the Tag Title Tournament finals..
  • ~~~After the match, Tatanka and Ted DiBiase walked out on Bigelow, leading to the Lawrence Taylor 'incident'..
  • June 25, 1995 - King of the Ring: Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Sycho Sid & Tatanka w/Ted DiBiase..
  • 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 & Tatanka defeated Carlito Cool & The Coach..
  • January 29, 2006 - Royal Rumble: Tatanka (surprise!) entered at #15 but was later eliminated by Mercury & Nitro..
  • February 17, 2006 - Smackdown!: Tatanka defeated Scotty Matthews in a match taped for Velocity..
  • February 19, 2006 - No Way Out: Matt Hardy & Tatanka defeated MNM (Mercury & Nitro w/Melina) in a Non-title match..
  • February 24, 2006 - Smackdown!: MNM (Mercury & Nitro w/Melina) defeated Matt Hardy & 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 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 & Tatanka defeated Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro & Fit Finlay..
  • April 14, 2006 - SmackDown!: Tatanka defeated Nunzio in a match taped for Velocity..

    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 12, 2006 - SmackDown!: (VIDEO PACKAGE) Tanaka "A New Lakota Member" --- Tatanka is welcomed into the Lakota Tribe..
  • 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 23, 2006 - SmackDown!: Tatanka vs Simon Dean ended in a No Contest when The Great Khali attacked both men!
  • 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.:
  • August 11, 2006 - SmackDown!: Gregory Helms defeated Tatanka even though Tatanka's leg was under the ropes..
  • August 18, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mr. Ken Kennedy defeated Tatanka while pulling on Tatanka's tights for leverage..
  • August 25, 2006 - SmackDown!: Sylvester Terkay w/Elijah Burke defeated Tatanka..
  • September 1, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mike "The Miz" Mizanin defeated Tatanka by pinfall using the ropes for leverage..
  • September 8, 2006 - SmackDown!: Chavo Guerrero w/Vickie Guerrero defeated Tatanka..
  • September 22, 2006 - SD! in Montreal: Sylvan defeated Tatanka with the fans cheering wildly for their hometown hero (Sylvan)..
  • September 29, 2006 - SmackDown!: Mike "The Miz" Mizanin defeated Tatanka to increase his streak to 4-and-0..
  • October 6, 2006 - SmackDown!: Elijah Burke defeated Tatanka with interference from Sylvester Terkay..

    World Wrestling Entertainment - The NEW Tatanka:
  • October 27, 2006 - SmackDown!: William Regal & Dave Taylor defeated Bobby Lashley & 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 17, 2006 - SmackDown!: United States Champion Chris Benoit defeated Tatanka by Submission in a Non-title match..
  • December 8, 2006 - SmackDown!: Henry O. Godwinn & Ray Gordy defeated Rob Conway & 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..


    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 & 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.