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Christopher "Chris" Ford (born March 4, 1974) is an American professional wrestler from Rutherford, New Jersey best known for his work in the 1990s and early 2000s as Devon Storm or Crowbar. He debuted in 1992 after training at Iron Mike Sharpe's school under the Devon Storm name competing in various independents. He also had some matches in ECW and took part in the tournament to fill the vacated WWF World Light Heavyweight Title and he and his tag partner Ace Darling did some jobs on WCW TV as well. In November 1999, he was reintroduced to WCW audiences as Crowbar, an ally of David Flair and Daffney Unger. David and Crowbar would hold the WCW World Tag Team Titles before the trio split up, with David going off on his own and Crowbar and Daffney staying together. Crowbar would also hold the WCW World Cruiserweight Title and the WCW Hardcore Title. After WCW closed, WWE did not pick up his or Daffney's contracts. He went back to the Storm name and returned to the independents. He did some jobs on WWE's weekend B Shows Sunday Night Heat and Velocity in 2003. He entered TNA as Tempest of "Father" James Mitchell's the New Church. He has also worked as a physical therapist and continued working the independent circuit, showing up in promotions such as Ring of Honor. Prior to his WCW run, he was well known for his work in the Mid-Atlantic independent scene of the late 1990s alongside Ace Darling, Reckless Youth and Lance (Simon) Diamond.

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He is in no way connected to James Storm, Lance Storm or Brother Devon or to the band Crowbar.


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  • Arch-Enemy: Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Sabu (in WWAS),
  • Ax-Crazy: Became one of his signatures once he became Crowbar.
  • Badass Beard: As shown above.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Truth Martini paid him to bail from a match with Grizzly Redwood so Michael Elgin could beat him up in Storm's place.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: Ace Darling, Daffney Unger, Damian Kane
  • Crowbar Combatant: Wielded his namesake to good effect.
  • Determinator: A rare humorous example. During his match with C.W. Anderson at MLW Reload, September 26, 2002, someone in the crowd shouted "Kill him!" and C.W. Anderson said, "I'm f'ing trying, man!"
  • The Dragon: As Mike Tenay's bodyguard during TNA's invasion of CSWF.
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: Pre-WCW, he had blond hair and was clean cut.
  • Eye Take: Done to show just how crazy he really was, being really happy for little discernible reason.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Part of the reason he lost the cruiserweight championship to Daffney is that he was holding back. She ended up to be doing so as well, pinning Crowbar by accident while trying to see if he was okay.
  • Finishing Move: Eye of the Storm (inverted DDT), Mindbender (sitout inverted suplex slam)
  • Genius Bruiser: He has a degree in Physical Therapy.
  • I Have Many Names: Besides the Devon Storm and Crowbar names, he also wrestled briefly under the names Salem, Judas, Tempest, and Storm.
  • I Have the High Ground
  • Jobber: Served as one on WWE Velocity and Heat. On the former he memorably managed to put up a decent fight against up and comer Sean O'Haire while the most memorable thing he did on Heat was get steamrolled by Scott Steiner, to show how angry we was over the whole Test/Stacy Keibler situation.
  • Joisey
  • Kick the Dog: The TNA invaders were actually cheered by the CSWF audience initially. That was until Crowbar helped Trinity defeat April Hunter for the vacant women's championship.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Not as You Know Them: The commentators on Velocity joked about Crowbar no longer being a cruiserweight. He still had a six-pack but it was covered by a solid layer of fat.
  • Oh, Crap!: He was facing Mike Quackenbush at Pro Xcitement Wrestling's June 23, 2002 event, and Quack got fed up with Crowbar's valet Syrena constantly interfering. Quack went to the back to find a partner. Crowbar followed... and practically dove through the curtain when he realized Quack had found LUNA VACHON to be his partner.
  • Parts Unknown: (as Devon Storm in WWAS): "The Other Side of Sanity"
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WCW): The New Blood
    • (in TNA): The New Church
    • (in OVW): The Disciples of Synn
  • Red Baron: "Dangerous"
  • Tag Team: The Extreme, with Ace Darling
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Crowbar was originally a wrestling gas station attendant, although that was forgotten after about a month or so.
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