"Many moons ago, I made a promise to my people to climb TO THE TOP of the World Wrestling Federation!!!"Chris Chavis, aka Tatanka, is an American professional wrestler, who rose to prominence in the early 1990s on the strength of his on-screen persona, which heavily played up his Native American heritage; in fact, he is actually descended from the Lumbee Native American tribe. He was a popular upper midcarder in WWE, and held a famous undefeated streak for a year and a half. After it ended, he had a Face–Heel Turn in 1994 and spent time as a Mook for Ted DiBiase before departing the company.Chavis spent time on the independent circuit after having turned down a contract from WCW, preferring the lighter schedule. In the mid-2000s, he had a short-lived comeback in the WWE.While he never held a title in WWE, he has held gold all over the world. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, a 2x iGeneration Wrestling Australasian Heavyweight Champion and a former IPWA (Israel) Heavyweight Champion.As usual, you can learn more about his extensive career at That Other Wiki.
— Tatanka, putting the "axe" in Careful with That Axe
Tropes associated with THE UNDEFEATED NATIVE AMERICAN, TATANKA~! include:
- Animal Theme Naming: Being that Tatanka is a Lakota word that literally means "bull buffalo."
- An Axe to Grind: His Tomahawk. It's just for show, though.
- Badass Native
- Captain Ethnic
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Had an undefeated streak for over a year and a half before losing to Foreign Wrestling Heel Ludvig Borga, of all people. note
- '80s Hair: Still rocking a mullet these days.
- Finishing Move: During his peak years he preferred the Samoan Drop (sometimes called the Papoose To Go or the End Of The Trail, or as Gorilla Monsoon called it derisively after his heel turn the "End of the Money Trail"). He switched to a swinging side slam during his brief 2000s comeback.
- Kiai: The Warpath Yell.
- Make-Up Is Evil: After his 2006 Face–Heel Turn.
- Nice Headdress
- Noble Savage
- Power Stable:
- (in SAPW): Jones' Rangers
- (in WWE): The Million Dollar Corporation
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: He "hulks up" with a war dance.
- Screaming Warrior: "AYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYIYI, YI, YI, YI, YI, YI, YI!!!"
- The Stoic: Tatanka was intensely serious at all times.
- Traumatic Haircut: Bam Bam Bigelow jumped him backstage and cut a huge chunk out of his hair, kicking off a 1993 feud.
- Underwear of Power
- Unexpected Character: Made a totally unexpected (and strangely, completely unheralded) cameo appearance in the 2016 André the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. Not only was he not promoted for the event in advance, he wasn't even announced, simply coming down to the ring with the general mass of entrants before the individual entries began. Even the announcers were surprised when they suddenly noticed him, several minutes after the match had already begun.