March 4, 1974 |
Rutherford, New Jersey
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Devon Storm
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||230 lb (100 kg)|
|Billed from||Rutherford, New Jersey
"The other side of sanity"
|Trained by||Mike Sharpe|
Christopher "Chris" Ford (born March 4, 1974) is an American professional wrestler. Not to be confused with Akeel "The Crowbar" Kazmi a British character, he is best known for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Crowbar, where he was a one time Hardcore Champion, a one time World Tag Team Champion with David Flair and a one time Cruiserweight Champion, which he held jointly with Daffney. He is also known for his stints in the World Wrestling Federation, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He currently performs on the independent circuit either as Crowbar or Devon Storm. Along with Terry Funk, Jerry Lynn, Stevie Richards, and Raven he is one of the few wrestlers to have wrestled matches in WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA and ROH.
Professional wrestling career
While attending college, Ford began training under "Iron" Mike Sharpe. After completing his training, he began wrestling on independent circuit under the ring name Devon Storm and formed a successful tag team known as The Extreme with Ace Darling. After a few years on the indies, Storm wrestled in about 30 matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996, including losing to Taz via countout at Hostile City Showdown, 2 Cold Scorpio at November to Remember in a Loser Leaves Town match, and to Balls Mahoney at Holiday Hell.
World Wrestling Federation (1997–1999)
In 1997, Ford, while using his Devon Storm name, took part in a tournament in the World Wrestling Federation to determine the first-ever Light Heavyweight Champion. He wrestled against and lost to Taka Michinoku, who later went on to win the tournament and the title. From 1998 to 1999, he would later appear on editions of Shotgun Saturday Night, losing to the likes of Droz and D'Lo Brown. He and Ace Darling briefly reunited as a tag team (but not using The Extreme name) in a losing effort against the then newly formed team of Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor.
World Championship Wrestling (1999–2001)
After leaving the WWF, Storm signed a developmental deal with World Championship Wrestling. After signing with WCW he reformed The Extreme with Darling, but the team saw little success. Following the disbanding of The Extreme, he was placed in a faction with David Flair and Daffney, where he debuted under the name Crowbar. The gimmick of the faction saw all three members act mentally insane, with Daffney becoming known for screaming in her matches and Crowbar being prone to using high risk moves. On the January 3, 2000 edition of Monday Nitro, Crowbar won the World Tag Team Championship alongside Flair after winning a tournament against the teams of Lash LeRoux and Midnight, Buff Bagwell and Vampiro, and finally Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner. They later dropped the title to The Mamalukes (Big Vito and Johnny the Bull) on the January 19 edition of Thunder. After losing a rematch at SuperBrawl, Crowbar teamed up with Daffney to defeat then Cruiserweight Champion Chris Candido and Tammy Lynn Sytch after Daffney pinned Sytch on the May 15 edition of Nitro, thus making them co-champions. Crowbar soon faced Daffney to determine the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion. Crowbar held back during the match, but still dominated the smaller Daffney. However, Candido entered the ring and hit Crowbar with a reverse piledriver and Daffney inadvertently pinned him while trying to revive him and thus became the second woman to hold the Cruiserweight Championship. Crowbar soon began feuding with former tag partner David Flair as well, in which both men traded wins on Thunder. Crowbar soon began chasing after the Hardcore Championship, which he won from Reno on the November 6 edition of Thunder. He later retained the title at Mayhem after defeating Reno and former rival Big Vito. During his reign as Hardcore Champion, he began a feud with Terry Funk that culminated at the final Starrcade pay-per-view, which saw Funk defeat Crowbar to claim his third and final Hardcore Championship.
Ford was later released from WCW in March 2001, right before the company was bought out by the World Wrestling Federation. During his time in WCW, Ford continued to work in the physical therapy field when he was not on the road and returned full-time to physical therapy after his release from WCW.
Independent circuit (2001–present)
After the closure of WCW, Ford, returning to his Devon Storm ring name, defeated fellow WCW alumnus Rick Fuller in a dark match on the April 10, 2001 edition of SmackDown!. He then spent some time in the now defunct World Wrestling All-Stars promotion, where he feuded with Sabu. During his tenure with the company, Storm became the WWA's first and only Hardcore Champion on October 24 when he defeated Danny Dominion in a tables match.
In early 2003, Ford wrestled briefly for Xtreme Pro Wrestling under the names Judas and Salem, losing his first match to former New Church ally Malice and winning the second against Vic Grimes. Ford later wrestled in several dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment, the first being on the April 10, 2001 edition of SmackDown!. From mid to late 2003 Ford, alternating between his Devon Storm and Crowbar ring names, wrestled against the likes of Joey Matthews and former WCW alumni Scott Steiner and Sean O'Haire in dark matches before SmackDown! as well as on Sunday Night Heat and Velocity.
On June 4, 2004, Ford began working for HealthSouth as a site coordinator and as an outpatient physical therapist. In addition to working in physical therapy, he returned to wrestling on the independent circuit under his Devon Storm and Crowbar ring names and began competing for various National Wrestling Alliance territories as well as other northeast independent promotions, such as the East Coast Wrestling Association, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Bodyslam Wrestling Organization, and the Pro Wrestling Syndicate.
Total Nonstop Action (2002-2003; 2013)
In 2002, Ford, under the new name Tempest, joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and became a part of Father James Mitchell's stable, The New Church. During his stint in TNA, Tempest took part in TNA's first and only Hard 10 Tournament, losing in the first round to The Sandman, who later went on to win the tournament.
Ford studied at Kean University for six years and graduated with a degree in physical therapy. Chris and Dina currently work at their own health care facility in northern New Jersey where Chris is a physical therapist and Dina is a registered dietitian. In many wrestling interviews, Ford has claimed to be the world's biggest Star Wars fan.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Diving crossbody
- Diving elbow drop
- European uppercut
- Moonsault, sometimes while springboarding
- Multiple kick variations
- Multiple leg drop variations
- Multiple splash variations
- Multiple suplex variations
- Plancha, sometimes while performing a somersault
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- American Championship Entertainment
- Century Wrestling Alliance
- East Coast Pro Wrestling
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- Eternity Wrestling Association
- EWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ace Darling
- Independent Superstars of Professional Wrestling
- ISPW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- International Fighting Network
- IFN Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation
- NWA 2000
- NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ace Darling
- NWA New Jersey
- NWA New Jersey Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- NWA New Jersey State Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (New Jersey version) (1 time) – with Ace Darling
- NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship (New Jersey version) (1 time)
- NWA New York
- New Jack City Wrestling
- NJCW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Richmond Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #72 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2002
- World Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling All-Stars
1Crowbar held the title jointly with Daffney during his reign.
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