- Christian York
Jason Spence Ring name(s) Christian York Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg) Born April 13, 1977
Trained by Cueball Carmichael
Debut December 7, 1996
Professional wrestling career
York and Matthews
Spence trained under Cueball Carmichael and Jimmy Z in the IPWA Training School and had his in ring debut at the age of 19 on December 7, 1996 in Middleport, Ohio in a 30-minute Hardcore Ironman match against Joey Matthews. Adopting the name "Christian York", Spence wrestled for the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), Southern Championship Wrestling, Steel City Wrestling, and numerous other independent promotions across the country. In OMEGA, York formed a stable known as the "Badstreet Boys", with Joey Matthews, as well as Shannon Moore and Shane Helms. The group had a boy band gimmick to capitalize on the bubble gum boy bands of pop culture. Eventually, all four members of the group signed three-year contracts with Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW) after try-outs on Monday Night Nitro in the early summer of 1999. They stayed under contract until April 2000 when budget cuts were in order and management changed hands.
York and Matthews went on to wrestle for numerous independent promotions, winning several tag team championships. In April, they went to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF) for try-outs in Baltimore on Raw and Richmond the following night for SmackDown!. The office was impressed with their ability but asked if they could send them to Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) for more seasoning. Following that date, they were signed to contracts by ECW and aligned themselves with Tommy Dreamer, Joey Styles, and Joel Gertner.
After ECW declared bankruptcy in April 2001, York and Matthews were offered a contract from former employer WCW, and were written into the shows for the whole month. They then signed a three-year deal with the WWF. Upon signing the deal, they had to report to Memphis, Tennessee to work for WWF's farm league, Memphis Championship Wrestling, until being called up to the main roster. During their stay, they feuded with Eddie Fatu, Matt Anoa'i, Joey Abs, Lance Cade, Spanky, Bryan Danielson, and The Haas Brothers (Russ and Charlie). During their stay, Vince McMahon purchased WCW and Memphis guys were later let go.
By January 2002, York was able to return to wrestling full-time on the independent circuit. York and Matthews wrestled for companies such as Ring of Honor and Xtreme Pro Wrestling. In June 2002, they were signed to contracts by the newly formed Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion, after appearing on their inaugural pay-per-view against The Dupps. They were released later that year. In November 2002, York tore ligaments in his left ankle that kept him on the sidelines for three months. In 2003, the tag team separated. York decided to get out of the wrestling business for awhile to take care of life outside of wrestling after marrying his high-school sweetheart.
Return to wrestling
On July 22, 2006, however, York returned to the business to wrestle for Maryland Championship Wrestling.
On December 18, 2006, York worked "Bone Crusher" Fred Sampson in the opening match for World Wrestling Entertainment's (formerly the WWF) Raw at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. Starting in May 2007, York started working dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment. York also worked The Miz on SmackDown and Chuck Palumbo and Carlito on WWE Heat. He was then asked to report to Louisville, Kentucky's Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), to form a team with Johnny Jeter. York reported to OVW in September 2007, although still not under contract with WWE.
On the December 26, 2007 edition of Maryland Championship Wrestling's Season's Beatings event, York won a number one contendership tag team match with his former tag team partner and then MCW Heavyweight Champion, Joey Matthews after they defeated Tom Brandi and Adam Flash of the Creative Control stable. York later defeated Matthews to win his first MCW Heavyweight Championship.
On November 5, 2010, Christian York defeated Robert Roma to become the new SCWA Mindshock Television champion
- Signature moves
- Diving corkscrew somersault into either a leg drop or senton
- Gutwrench suplex
- Northern lights suplex
- Over the shoulder belly to back piledriver
- Rebel Bomb (Inverted facelock lifted and dropped into a sitout scoop slam piledriver)
- Reverse tornado DDT
- Shoulder jawbreaker
- Slingshot into either a leg drop or a double knee gutbuster
- Snap DDT
- Wheelbarrow bulldog
- With Joey Matthews
Championships and accomplishments
- Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling
- ACTW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Joey Matthews
- Delaware Championship Wrestling
- DCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Joey Matthews
- Far North Wrestling
- FNW Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- FirstState Championship Wrestling
- 1CW Heavyweight Champion (1 time; current)
- Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance
- IPWA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- KYDA Pro Wrestling
- KYDA Pro Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- PCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Joey Matthews
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him # 128 of the Top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2001.
- Real Championship Wrestling
- RCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Southern Championship Wrestling
- SCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Squared Circle Wrestling Alliance
- SCWA Mindshock Television Championship (1 time; current)
- Steel City Wrestling
- SCW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- SCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Joey Matthews
- Universal Wrestling Council
- UWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Vanguard Championship Wrestling
- VCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with John Kermon
- Virginia Championship Wrestling
- VCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Joey Matthews
- ^ Hardy, Matt (2007-05-29). "Will Not Die-aries: Thoughts on rival Gregroy Helms". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-03-29. http://web.archive.org/web/20080329074927/http://www.wwe.com/superstars/smackdown/matthardy/willnotdieariesarchive/willlnotdiearies052907. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
- ^ "Developmental talent update". Lords of Pain. http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/2007_/articles/1189546005.php. Retrieved 01-12-2007.
- ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
- Signature moves
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