Chandler at San Diego Comic Con in 2015
|Birth name||Tyler James Chandler|
|Born|| May 25, 1982 (age 34)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Resides||Los Angeles, California|
|Spouse(s)|| Jennifer Andrews|
(m. 2009; div. 2010)
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)|| Tyler Chandler|
|Billed height||6 ft. 5 in. (1.96 m)|
|Billed weight||265 lb. (120 kg)|
|Billed from|| Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Los Angeles, California
|Trained by|| FCW Staff|
Tyler James Chandler (born May 25, 1982) is a retired Canadian professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his time with WWE and has served as an ambassador for the company since May 2016. Chandler is a one-time WWE Champion as well as a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Chandler is a second-generation professional wrestler; his father David "Dave" Thompson competed in the professional wrestling industry. Although his father mainly wrestled in and around the Toronto area and was never signed by any of the big time major wrestling promotions.
After training with Lance Storm and competing for various independent promotions, Chandler was signed by the WWE in June 2008 and was immediately sent to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Chandler wrestled one match in OVW before he was transferred along with various other superstars to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), after WWE severed ties with OVW announcing that FCW would be their new developmental territory. Chandler would spend over a year in FCW, where along the way he would engage in various feuds and would go on to win the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship in June 2009.
After Chandler was moved to the main roster in September 2009; he received a push which quickly led to a WWE Intercontinental Championship reign, winning the championship; in November 2009 and would go on to hold it for nearly six months, losing it at Wrestlemania 25 to the Motor City Machine Guns ending his reign at 154 days. Not long after this Chandler engaged in a heated rivalry with Randy Orton that saw them compete in a Last Man Standing Match at Backlash which Orton would go on to win.
The feud would end not long afterwards in June, before Chandler began a feud with then WWE Champion, John Cena starting yet another push for Chandler. Tyler would challenge Cena for the WWE Championship on an episode of Raw in a Street Fight, however he was unsuccessful, it was during this time as well that Chandler formed his own villianous stable, called the Sinners along with Justin Angel, Desmond Wolfe and Batista. After the stable quietly split up, Chandler returned to singles competition, before being plagued with a few injuries and returned to lower card status; before taking some time off in March 2012.
In July 2012, Chandler returned to the WWE after a four month hiatus and once again became a member of the RAW brand for the first time since July 2011. During that time, he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship for a second time, and later went on to win the WWE Championship; his first world championship in the WWE. Chandler has since gone on to headline many pay-per-view events for the organization, which includes: SummerSlam (2012), Survivor Series (2012), Royal Rumble (2013), Cyber Sunday (2013) and Wrestlemania XXIX; where he successfully defended the WWE Championship. From 2013 to 2015, Chandler would make sporadic appearances with the company before returning full-time in late 2015 while also becoming a villainous character for the first time since 2011. On May 27, 2016, Chandler announced his retirement from professional wrestling.
Outside of wrestling, Chandler has also achieved success as an actor, having starred in the feature films Safe House (2012), the action film R.I.P.D. (2013) and black comedy The Voices (2014). Chandler starred as the title character in Deadpool that was released on February 12, 2016. Chandler is set to reprise the role in a sequel.
Professional wrestling career Edit
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2008–2016) Edit
Developmental territories (2008–2009)Edit
Tyler, after months of searching for a suitable company, was approached by a WWE Legend, Arn Anderson who had seen a few of Tyler's matches in the Indies and told him to talk to Mark Calaway (better known as The Undertaker), Chairman of WWE The E-Fed and try sign a contract with them. Earlier in the year Tyler signed a contract with the WWE, however he went by one of his old ring names, Ryan Henderson and only had one match where he defeated Ryan Mitchell. Tyler would soon leave the company due to no showing house shows. In June, Tyler re-signed with the WWE to a development contract with WWE The E-Federation once again but under his real name this time and was sent to their Ohio Valley Wrestling Promotion, after the WWE severed all ties with OVW, Tyler was moved to FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling).
Chandler would pick up win after win, eventually going on a month and a half undefeated streak before finally being defeated. Tyler debuted in the company as a heel and would get into many feuds with the likes of Brett Venom, Aiden Rockwell, Erik Torre however his most notable feud was with the General Manager of FCW, Jim Cornette and the Commissioner of FCW, Travis Kooper, leading to an exchange of heated words between Tyler and Kooper. Tyler would end up challenging Kooper to a match which was accepted and which would be contested on the first FCW of 2009. Tyler would continue to try and capture the FCW Championship up until the end of 2008 but wasn't able to do so.
The new year started out bad for Chandler as he would lose on the first show in 2009 to Travis Kooper however would earn Kooper's respect and would proceed to become a baby face as a result. However that was short lived as he wasn't over with the fans enough so the ideas to have him face were scrapped thus retaining his heel status. Chandler continued like he did in 2008, to attempt to win the FCW Championship, however was unsuccessful.
In March, shortly before WrestleMania 25, Chandler was involved in a triple threat match against Nate Cavallera and Christian Callahan with Scott Steiner as the Special Enforcer, Chandler would lose this match however after the match would get set up by Cavallera who hit Steiner in the back with a steel chair before throwing the evidence to Chandler who proceeded to get a bloody beatdown from Steiner, forcing him out of action. (kafaybe) This was to allow Tyler some time off so he could heal some injuries as well as spend time with his family, Tyler would stay out until late June, as he would return attacking both Erik Torre and Logan Gibson after their match thus retaining his status as a heel from before and was placed in the FCW Championship Match that was taking place the next week against Gibson and Torre, thus receiving his biggest push.
Before the match began Torre was attacked by who some believe was Chandler, leading to the match becoming a singles match, and Tyler would go on to beat Logan Gibson and after nearly a year since he debuted in FCW, finally won the championship. However after the match Torre would attack Chandler believing him to be the one who attacked him before the match stole the title and demanded that he get a shot at the title, so Vickie Guerrero granted him the match, however not just any match..a ladder match. Chandler would go on to retain the title and regain possession of his title. At Insurrection 2009, a number one contenders match for Tyler's FCW Championship took place and Tyler would actually be down at ringside to scout his competition and would watch, Freya Alexander win the match, as she is the new number one contender for Tyler's championship.
On the July 5th edition of FCW, Tyler managed to beat Erik Torre yet again in a brutal Weapons Filled Steel Cage match, even though Erik had acquired the services of Adam Harris to try and help him win he still wasn't able to beat Chandler, who now has his sights set on Freya Alexander, his current number one contender for his FCW Championship. On the July 13th Edition of FCW, Tyler suffered his first loss since returning to FCW, losing to newcomer, Adam Harris who was being accompanied to ringside by Erik Torre, Tyler would almost hit the D.O.P on Harris, however the newcomer countered and managed to land his devastating finishing maneuver to pin the champion, then following the match the masked man once again appeared and helped Tyler to his feet before shaking his hand, however as Tyler went to leave the masked man pulled him back and delivered a stiff right hand to the jaw of Chandler who dropped to the mat, the masked man took off the glove he was wearing and revealed to show that he had on brass knuckles on as the crowd cheered.
On the July 19th Episode of FCW, Tyler would lose the FCW Championship to Adam Harris, however after the match the Masked Man spoke and told everybody that he had taken out Freya Alexander who was supposed to be Tyler's number one contender, now Tyler after the show was said to be in shock that he lost his championship and said that he would invoke his rematch clause and that he plans on becoming a two time FCW Champion. On the next episode of FCW, Tyler wasn't able to defeat Adam Harris to regain the FCW Championship in his rematch who had recently turned his back on everybody and once again the Masked Man made his presence known, shortly after the match obviously outraged that he could not reclaim his championship, Tyler proceeded to warn the Masked Man telling him that he had enough of his games and that he was coming after him and that he was going to expose him for who he really was.. a coward.
Tyler proceeded to share some harsh words for Adam as well saying that he shouldn't have turned his back on the fans and told him his own experience and told him it was quite possibly the worst thing he ever did and that he has now learned from that, turning Tyler into a Tweener. Tyler would take well over a month off from FCW, to spend time with his wife, who is expecting their second child together sometime this month.
Tyler after taking a month off returned to FCW and made it known that he would be participating in the open roster battle royal to find a number one contender for the FCW Heavyweight Championship, Chandler also made it known that he wants back what he once held that being the championship. Tyler proceeded to tell the fans why he had been gone for the past month and a half and that now that Adam Harris was gone, there is finally someone who is bringing prestige to the FCW Heavyweight Championship that being Erik Torre and that while him and Torre have had their differences he still respects him, thus officially turning Face for the first time.
Intercontinental Champion (2009–2010)Edit
On September 18th two days before his big return to the ring, FCW and the WWE severed their ties with each other thus the FCW Roster was split and moved to the two main brands with Chandler moving to RAW. On his first night On RAW, Tyler was seen backstage with Erik Torre as the two discussed not only their past history but also their alliance as well as their debut match as RAW Superstars at Unforgiven, thus retaining his status as a baby face. Tyler also mentioned that there was someone on the RAW Roster who could quite possibly help them out and they would just need to make a simple phone call, the individual is being remained Anonymous, but one has to wonder who it is.
At Unforgiven, Tyler and his team of Erik Torre and Brian Hennigan upset the teams of Travis Kooper, Shawn Michaels and Zack Ryder as well as Carlito, JBL and Jeff Hardy in an outstanding victory, the match was back and forth between the three teams with Tyler's team remaining mostly in control for most of the match, in the end with all the other superstars brawling on the outside it was Tyler who managed to hit Travis Kooper, with a devastating D.O.A to pick up the win for his team and his first win since becoming a RAW Superstar.
After the match in an exclusive interview Chandler made his intentions known that him and Erik Torre are hungry for tag team gold and proceeded to put the RAW Locker Room on notice. In his debut on RAW, Tyler teamed up with Erik Torre yet again to take on the team of Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley.
Mid way through the match, Tyler was in control of Alex Shelley, setting him up for the D.O.A and would be able to land it however Kevin Nash would get a steel chair and hit Chandler in the skull knocking him unconscious as Nash would tag himself in to only hit Tyler with the Jacknife Powerbomb for the win, after the match Erik attempted to help Tyler to his feet however Tyler would refuse his help and would actually shove Erik away and yelling at him for costing them the match, this would start a Tweener turn for Tyler. The next week Tyler had a chance to get back on track when he competed in a Fatal Four Way Match, against Shawn Spears, Erik Torre and Samoa Joe which Tyler was able to win.
Tyler spoke with General Manager, Mark Calaway.. also known as the Undertaker, about a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Instead Callaway gave him a chance to face Zack Ryder, the new Intercontinental Champion in a non-title match and if Tyler is able to beat Ryder, he will get a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. On the October 19th Edition of RAW, Tyler was able to defeat Zack Ryder after out of nowhere hitting him with his new Finishing Maneuver, The Concussion on Delivery. During an Interview before the match, Tyler explained what had gone down two weeks earlier in the tag team match against Alex Shelley and Kevin Nash and said he frustrated with Torre and wished he had taken it better and not pinned it on Torre, thus Tyler remained a baby face, Erik would leave the company shortly afterwards.
In Tyler's first time Main Eventing RAW, he was unable to capture the Intercontinental Championship after he landed a dropkick to the face of Zack Ryder, who appeared to be hurt from the impact and as Tyler reluctantly went to help Zack, the champion rolled Tyler up stealing the victory as he played possum, Tyler could be seen frustrated in the ring afterwards. Afterwards Tyler entered into a rivalry with Randy Orton and Lacey Von Erich, his first real, big feud since being called up from FCW.
On the November 2nd edition of Monday Night RAW, Tyler had one of the biggest wins of his career when he defeated the former thirteen time World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H, before the match Tyler went to General Manager Mark Calaway and asked him to make a Six Person Tag Team Match for next week, pitting Tyler, Travis Kooper and Candice against Randy Orton, Batista and Lacey Von Erich, Tyler also asked Calaway to give him a rematch with Zack Ryder at Survivor Series, for the Intercontinental Championship.
Undertaker gave in and gave Tyler his rematch as well as his Tag Team Match, however the Divas would not be including instead it would be Tyler teaming with Shelton Benjamin to take on Randy Orton and Batista. Tyler would suffer a loss to Batista and Randy Orton when Shelton was RKO'ed and pinned by Orton. Tyler would then be given the week off, so he could take care of Candice as she wasn't only given time off due to her Pregnancy. In an exclusive interview after the match, Tyler admitted that he was off his game, from the news of Candice being pregnant, and that come Survivor Series, he will be 100% focused on the Intercontinental Championship.
At Survivor Series in possibly Tyler's biggest match of his career since joining the RAW Roster, managed to surprise Zack Ryder with a school boy and was able to beat Zack Ryder to become the Intercontinental Champion, for the first time in his career, as he captures his first singles championship since being called up. After a loss on the December 8th Edition of RAW, Tyler was seen backstage with Christian Fox, another newcomer and the two talked about Tyler being Intercontinental Champion and how Fox is glad that Tyler is the champion as he is someone new.. and not one of the very many superstars pushed down their throats. Tyler then commented on his war with Batista and agreed with him on everything, even saying that it's about time someone did something.. Tyler then went on to shake hands with Fox as it seems these two have started some sort of Alliance and in the process turning Tyler into a Tweener.
On the December 14th Edition of Monday Night RAW, after a match involving good friend, Ashley Massaro and Shawn Spears who had taken on Cody Rhodes and Kelly Kelly. Cody was left in the ring on his own as Tyler Chandler would come out to the ring, in what people assumed was to congratulate Cody on coming to RAW. In what would appear to be a friendly handshake turned disastrous as Tyler wouldn't let go of Cody's hand as he hoisted him up and drove him down to the mat with a vicious Spinebuster, before exiting the ring as he grabbed a steel chair bringing it into the ring as he assaulted Cody Rhodes with the chair before throwing the chair down as he lifted Cody back up to his feet and hoisted him up and delivered a devastating DDT to him onto the steel chair, leaving him broken as John Cena rushed out to help his friend, but it was too late the damage had been done, immediately afterwards he was confronted by Ashley about his actions, and he mercifully lashed out at her thus for the first time since his time in FCW, Tyler turned heel.
On the first show of 2010, Tyler will face off with his friend and partner, Christian Fox and is also scheduled to defend his Intercontinental Championship at New Years Revolution in a Fatal Four Way Match. On the first show of RAW, following the main event between Triple H and Chris Jericho, Randy Orton came out to the ring and appeared to side with Chris Jericho but before he knew it, RKO'ed Jericho before smiling at Triple H as the two embraced in a hug before bringing out Tyler as they made him the third member of the newly reformed, Evolution. Tyler had hinted at it earlier in the night following Orton's match with Shawn Spears, where Tyler would brutally attack Spears and tried to possibly end his career , by placing Shawn's neck inside of a steel chair but before Tyler could do any damage, Cody Rhodes made the save, scaring Tyler off from the ring, where Tyler proceeded to warn Rhodes and gave a bit of a tease of Evolution returning. At New Years Revolution, Tyler was able to successfully retain his Intercontinental Championship, pinning Jeff Hardy after nailing him with the DT-X, after the match however he was challenged by John Cena to put his Intercontinental Championship on the line against him.
On the February 1st edition of Monday Night RAW after the main event, Triple H came down to the ring and was joined by Tyler as it looked as though it was going to be a three on one beat down for Cody Rhodes, but instead John Cena and Triple H attacked both Rhodes and Tyler, with Triple H beating down his evolution teammate and Cody Rhodes being attacked by his former best friend, Triple H proceeded to find his trademark sledgehammer and would re-enter the ring waiting for Chandler to get to his feet before blasting him with the sledgehammer, busting him open as Triple H would get on the microphone and proceed to kick Tyler out of Evolution, saying that the WWE Championship belonged to him and that he wasn't going to let a rookie take his spot on top of the mountain, thus teasing another possible face run for Tyler. After not being heard from in over a week, Tyler via satellite distracted Ric Flair, during his match with Jeff Hardy, costing him the match.
Tyler would appear in an exclusive interview with Jim Ross and would update on his condition and promised that he would be back before WrestleMania 26 and that he was not going to miss his second WrestleMania in a row, Tyler also put every member of Evolution on notice, thus igniting a feud with Ric Flair. At the Royal Rumble, Tyler made a surprising return to active competition entering the Royal Rumble, surprising Ric Flair as Tyler would set his sights on Flair and the two would go at it for a bit before Tyler clotheslined Flair out of the ring eliminating Flair as well as himself, the two would have to be pulled apart by security as Tyler would complete his face turn, turning face for only the second time since joining the company in 2008. Tyler appeared the next night on RAW, confronting Ric Flair and the two would once again get into a brawl with Tyler again with the upper hand as it would seem Flair would try and attack Tyler with a steel chair, only to have Tyler duck and hit his new finishing maneuver, the Crowning. Tyler would then make it known to the world, that he was returning to the ring next week live on RAW and he also challenged Triple H to a match at Wrestlemania.
On March 24th 2010, Tyler passed the 120 day mark of his reign as Intercontinental Champion. Tyler would lose his return match to Mike Tarver, following a distraction from the Motor City Machine Guns, allowing Tarver to hit Tyler with the Kill Shot, knocking him out. On the April 5th edition of RAW, Tyler was involved in a fatal four way, along with the man who knocked him out last week, Mike Tarver as well as Kazarian and JBL. It came down to both Tarver and Chandler, just as it looked as though lightning would strike twice, Chandler managed to evade the Killshot and was able to hit the Crowning, and land the win over Tarver, thus ending his undefeated streak and getting back his loss from last week.
The planned feud between Triple H and Tyler was dropped and he was placed into a feud with the Motor City Machine Guns, as Tyler was set to make his ring return, he was attacked backstage by the Machine Guns, who stated that they wanted Tyler's Intercontinental Championship and that they were going to take it from him, no matter which one of them would. The following week, Tyler called out and confronted The Motor City Machine Guns, only to be attacked again, while Tyler did get a small piece of offense in with a clothesline on Alex Shelley, the numbers game caught up with Tyler as he was left a bloody mess in the middle of the ring following a steel chair shot. Later on in the night after the main event and after a double chokeslam at the hands of The Undertaker, Tyler came out and got a measure of retribution against the Guns as he hit the Crowning on both of them, closing out the show standing tall.
A few weeks later as a result of what transpired between the Guns and Tyler, a match was made for Wrestlemania where Tyler will defend his Intercontinental Championship, against both Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin as well as Johnny Devine, this will mark Tyler's Wrestlemania debut. In Tyler's first ever appearance on Friday Night Smackdown during the all Superstars Show he lost a Fatal Four Way Match, with MVP picking up the victory, also involved in the match were Travis Kooper and Chris Jericho.
Tyler teamed up with Travis Kooper to take on the team of Mike Tarver and Luke Gallows, however before the match Kooper and Tyler had a confrontation which ended in Tyler hitting a big boot on Kooper which showed signs of a possible heel turn for Tyler and which forced Kooper to not compete at 100% during their tag match, but in the end Tyler was able to make a blind tag and knock Mike Tarver out with his new finishing maneuver, Silent Dream, which spelt the end and the win for both Kooper and Chandler. At Wrestlemania 26 Tyler lost the Intercontinental Championship to both of the Machine Guns, making them a co-champions ending his reign at 154 days.
The next night on RAW, Tyler completed his heel turn, proclaiming that he out of all the superstars who were called up from FCW back in September he has been the most successful and that he wants to move on and move up. Chandler announced his intentions of challenging for the WWE Championship, however his demands were interrupted by Randy Orton, who re-called their time in Evolution and that he can't just demand a WWE Title shot, he needs to earn one.
Tyler answered back about how he was thrown out of Evolution and Randy didn't speak up, Tyler attempted to hit his Crowning maneuver but Orton countered leveling him with the RKO, only to have Ric Flair come down to the ring, appearing to side with Orton, but betrayed him, landing a low blow which allowed Tyler to take down Orton with the Crowning as the two stood tall as Flair got on the microphone saying that despite what happened back in January, he is back and that while him and Chandler never got along, he still despises Randy Orton more and is going to mentor and tutor Chandler and make him into a World Champion, following this Tyler returned to his Evolution roots, dawning the Evolution music and t-shirt that was brought out by Ric Flair. Later that night Tyler faced off against Mr. Kennedy, and lost after Kennedy hit the Kenton Bomb, after the match Tyler was furious.
Tyler competed in the Gauntlet for the Intercontinental Championship, and lasted till the final three, eliminating Mr. Kennedy, gaining some retribution from last week only to be eliminated by Randy Orton, after the match Tyler was said to be furious, much like the previous week, and went on a rampage. After RAW went off the air, it was announced on WWE.com that Tyler would get his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship at Backlash, facing Alex Shelley. On the May 17th edition of RAW, Tyler lost to Randy Orton losing his third match in a row. Following the recent loss against Randy Orton, Tyler snapped and went out of control, and demanded that he be given a rematch against Randy Orton, not caring about the Intercontinental Championship. Tyler demanded that he face Randy Orton at Backlash, in a Last Man Standing Match.
Next week he'll face off against Alex Shelley in what could be a preview of Backlash, if he doesn't get his wish granted to face Randy Orton. On RAW, Tyler turned on his mentor, Ric Flair once again only this time for good following his loss to Randy Orton. At Backlash, Tyler would lose again to Randy Orton this time in a Last Man Standing Match, both men would go all out and in the end it was Orton with the RKO through a table that got the job done. After the match Tyler showed signs of a face turn as he would shake Orton's hand, following his loss.
The plans to turn Tyler face were scrapped as he kept his heel persona, but underwent a gimmick change, and has since done his best to place himself into contention for the WWE Championship, demanding that he be the next in line for a title shot. Along with the gimmick change, Tyler was given a bodyguard whom he chose Dave Batista, as the two were and still are close friends outside the ring. Tyler is putting together a group of young and talented superstars, to combat the current generation of superstars, such as Randy Orton, John Cena, Cody Rhodes and many more.. so far all he has is Justin Angel and his new bodyguard, Batista.
On the July 12th edition of RAW, Tyler was given a chance to earn a title opportunity that is if he could beat John Cena. Tyler was able to beat Cena, although by underhanded tactics behind the official's back and following the match proceeded to beat down the champion, also introducing the newest member of the group, Desmond Wolfe, the group would go on to be called the Synners. It has been said that Tyler plans on cashing in his title opportunity at the next RAW PPV. After losing to Shawn Michaels two weeks later, after the match all hell broke lose as Cena came down and tried to attack Chandler only to have Wolfe and Angel subdue him as Tyler took care of both Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Interim RAW General Manager, Vickie Guerrero came out to put a stop to it and made two big matches for the following week, where the Machine Guns would face DX for the Tag Titles and Chandler would get his shot at the WWE Championship against Cena, in a Street Fight where if anyone on Cena's behalf interfere they will be fired however if anyone on Tyler's behalf interferes nothing happens and that it's all legal. Tyler lost to Cena, losing in his bid to capture the WWE Championship. The Synners storyline was slowly starting to die down and with the release of Justin Angel, on screen it was scripted as though Tyler kicked Angel out of the group, keeping Desmond Wolfe in the stable. The feud between Chandler and Cena was to continue however an injury to Chandler stopped those plans for a feud and while Chandler was only out for a few weeks and the plan was to continue the feud, Cena went down with an injury and needed to have surgery, so the proposed feud plan was yet again dropped.
Chandler returned to the ring at SummerSlammiversary and competed in the annual, Blood Sport Match teaming up with Montel Vontavious Porter and due to difficulties with getting along with his partner, Chandler and MVP were eliminated early on in the match. After SummerSlammiversary, the Synners stable was quietly broken up as Tyler went back to singles competition and on his hunt for the WWE Championship. On RAW, Tyler will compete in a Gauntlet Match to see who will become the new number one contender for Shawn Michaels' WWE Championship at Night of Champions. Tyler would not succeed in getting another shot at the WWE Championship and in the process would legitimately injure his neck midway through the match.
Various championship pursuits (2010–2012)Edit
After getting looked at back trainers and doctors, Tyler was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck and is said to be out anywhere between four and six months. Despite the injury, Tyler still appeared on the following RAW and competed as officials weren't sure how bad the injury was and it was re-injured on RAW as a result. Tyler appeared the following week in a pre-recorded interview with RAW Announcer, Jim Ross where he discussed his injury and how long he could be out. During the interview, Tyler showed signs of a face turn; thanking the WWE Universe for their undenying support and get well soon wishes following his injury. Tyler next appeared as a guest on WWE NXT as he talked about how he was brought up through development in FCW as he watched down at ringside the matches through out the night.
Tyler would get into a confrontation with one rookie in particular, Adam Harris whom he knew from FCW who didn't get the call up due to a similar neck injury. Tyler scolded Harris for the week before when Adam attacked his pro, John Cena who was suffering from a knee injury and whom Tyler had just patched things up with. Later in the night Adam attacked Chandler, targeting his neck as Cena watched however couldn't do anything due to his own injury. Tyler following this issued a challenge to Adam Harris for a match and ignored the doctors orders to not compete and the match was made official.
Tyler made his ring return against Harris in a loss as Adam had attacked Cena again who caused a distraction for Tyler allowing Harris to roll up Tyler and use the tights. Chandler apparently injured his neck even worse then it already was during the match, but insisted it felt good being back in the ring. The next week Tyler was interview regarding the previous week and made it known he had indeed re-injured his neck again and if he were to land on in the wrong way that it could end his career, so he chose to back away for a bit but before guaranteeing that he would be making a final statement before leaving NXT. Tyler fulfilled his guarantee when he during the Rap Challenge, hopped the barrier and attacked Adam Harris getting a small measure of revenge on him and completing his face turn. Tyler returned full time at Survivor Series in a segment as he made his intentions known that he wants to rise back to his former self and get a chance to become WWE Champion.
Tyler made his RAW return on the December 6th edition of RAW in the main event where he teamed with Cammy Charm for the first time in a Ten Person Tag Team Match and was involved in the final decision only to lose when Cammy was pinned by Mandy Randall. On the December 13th edition of RAW, Tyler faced off against Ryan Mitchell in a Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match and would counter an attempted KOS into the Derailed and was able to score the win and gain entry into the Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship at New Years Revolution. On the final RAW of 2010, Tyler commented on his upcoming WWE Title match and that he plans on walking out of New Years Revolution as the new WWE Champion.
At New Years Revolution, Tyler would come close to winning the WWE Championship only to be eliminated by Jeff Hardy who would also just come up short of winning the title, losing out to Shawn Michaels. Tyler was able to eliminate MVP from the match following a big God's Fist. When Tyler was being helped out of the ring, Adam Harris hopped the barrier and attacked Tyler almost reminiscent of when Tyler did the same back on the first season of NXT. This would begin a feud between the two, something that creative wanted to go along with and boost Adam's character up by having him go after a top face.
The next night the roster was split into two once more and Tyler found himself moved to the SmackDown! brand for the first time in his career. The feud between Chandler and Harris is to go along as planned with Harris being moved to SmackDown! as well. Announced for the first SmackDown of 2011, Chandler will get his opportunity to get his hands on Adam Harris as they will be involved in the same match, a Six Pack Challenge also featuring Bryan Danielson, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater and MVP; Not only that but it is to crown the new United States Champion.
On the first edition of WWE Superstars, Tyler will face Chris Sabin a Hardcore Championship #1 Contenders Match. On the first edition of Smackdown for 2011, Chandler came up short in his bid to become the United States Champion as MVP tapped out to the Cattle Mutilation before Ziggler who replaced Harris before Chandler could get back inside the ring. Later on in the night following the match Tyler turned heel, proclaiming that it was because of the fans that he was not able to win and turned his back on them, while also going back to his Evolution roots once more and proclaiming himself to be Immortal from that point forward. It was announced on WWE.com that Chandler would be one of the 30 participants in this year's Royal Rumble Match.
At the 2011 Royal Rumble, Tyler was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the Royal Rumble after entering the match third. Tyler's gimmick is changing once again as creative feel as though the whole Evolution gimmick is too stale and have developed a rebellious, dictator gimmick for Tyler who will have a henchman of sorts in Brock Lesnar as creative wants to places Lesnar with a top superstar to get him off the ground in his return. Following a few losses to Kevin Thorn and Gregory Helms respectfully... Chandler attacked World Heavyweight Champion, Cody Rhodes before proceeding to challenge him to a match where if Chandler wins he faces Rhodes again only this time for the title. Instead Vickie Guerrero made a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Rhodes defending against both Helms and Chandler with Lesnar in Tyler's corner.
After coming short in his bid to win the World Heavyweight Title Chandler was taken off television and it was scripted that he failed a drug test and was in intense rehab to get back before WrestleMania this was done in order for him to spend some time with his family and was getting ready to return when Brock Lesnar was released, so Tyler was kept off television in order for creative to come up with something for him. Chandler is currently slated to return this week to SmackDown and rumor has it he is to turn face and it is said he is reverting back to his old 'Guiding Light' gimmick he used when he first debuted in FCW. Tyler made his return to SmackDown as a face on the April 1st edition of SmackDown and lost to Chris Jericho and following the match was attacked by Jericho which resulted in Tyler being (kafaybe) injured which allowed Tyler to take some time off.
Tyler continued to appear on Smackdown voicing his disapproval of how he has been treated on Smackdown and even confronted as well as threatened General Manager, SoCal Val. At Wrestlemania, Tyler once again threatened SoCal Val who ended up (kafaybe) firing him. Following Chandler's firing from Smackdown he was moved back to RAW quietly and returned officially on the May 9th edition of RAW still as a heel and re-ignited a rivalry with long time foe, Travis Kooper challenging him to a match the following week. Chandler was announced as a pro on the third season of NXT where he will be mentoring Arian James. Tyler made his in-ring return to RAW in a loss to Stone Cold Steve Austin.
On the May 23rd edition of RAW, Chandler teamed up with Trent Baretta and Rob Van Dam to take on Team Jarrett consisting of AJ Styles, Alex Shelley and Matt Hardy and were victorious. On the May 29th edition of NXT, Chandler opened NXT complaining about what happened the previous week and went on to warn both his rookie and Aaron Eden. Following Arian James' match Chandler brutally attacked him and would end up shattering his ankle with the help of a steel chair.
The following week on NXT, Chandler went one on one with Flash Matthews and would beat him fairly easily before Eric Bischoff fired Matthews. Chandler would end up two weeks later facing off against rival, NXT Rookie Aaron Eden and would deliberately get himself disqualified by using a steel chair on Eden giving him a concussion. A few weeks later Chandler's new rookie, Rylan Jett whom was chosen to be Chandler's pro thanks to Aaron Eden's briefcase was eliminated from the competition. On RAW Chandler recently lost a match to Planet Jarrett Enforcer, Scott Hall.
The following week on the June 20th, 2011 RAW, Chandler defeated Mr. Kennedy. At Over the Limit in what appeared to be a backstage confrontation, Chandler began showing signs of a face turn when he congratulated Aaron Eden on his victory earlier in the night as well as his win over Shawn Michaels and himself.
Following the end of the third Season of NXT, Chandler took another hiatus from the ring and would return on the September 26th, 2011 edition of RAW attacking Zack Ryder from behind ignoring his prior signs of a face turn and keeping his heel character. Chandler got himself involved in an on-screen love triangle between himself, Ryder and WWE Diva, Maria Kanellis. On the October 3rd edition of RAW, Chandler cemented his heel status when he was confronted by Maria regarding his actions the previous week, lashing out at her.
Later on in the night Chandler interfered in Ryder's match with Shawn Michaels distracting him and allow Michaels to land the Sweet Chin Music. Chandler proceeded to enter the ring and would begin to use his belt as a whip and lash Ryder across the back only to have Michaels run back down to the ring and pull Ryder out of harms way.
The planned Ryder feud was dropped due to creative running out of ideas for the feud. So Tyler was next placed into a storyline where a returning Ric Flair greeted the former Intercontinental Champion. The two would talk about what had all gone down in the past between the two and Flair offered to mentor and manage the young superstar once again.
Chandler immediately accepted the offer and made it clear that he had no intention of turning his back on Ric Flair as he had changed and had found a new found respect for Flair and brought up how Flair had helped the careers of Randy Orton and Batista climb to the top and he wanted to be the next one added to that list. This was soon scrapped as Flair left the company once again and Chandler was thinking about doing the same thing.
At Survivor Series, Chandler made an appearance and made it seem as though he was going to leave the company only to be assaulted by a man by the name of Maverick Wade. That was when Ryslan Buschski made his way out to the ring and stood over Chandler showing signs of a rivalry between the two as well as a possible face turn for Chandler. Chandler appeared on the November 27th, 2011 edition of FCW where he looked to get some retribution against Maverick Wade however he would be attacked by Miles Barrington a newcomer to FCW looking to make a quick impact. That brought out Michael Riley who drove off Barrington as him and Chandler stood tall in the ring but not before Chandler delivered the End of Days to Maverick Wade completing his face turn. Following this Tyler was quietly moved to SmackDown and is scheduled to resume his rivalry with both Maverick Wade and Ryslan Buschski.
Chandler on the December 9th, 2011 edition of SmackDown debuted a new gimmick and entrance music referring to himself as the ‘Lone Wolf’ Tyler on the December 16th, 2011 edition of SmackDown was confronted by Wade Barrett who started poking fun at Chandler and how he hasn't had made really that big of an impression since his return to SmackDown. Barrett then offers his services for the right price. Chandler refuses, citing he can take care of himself. Barrett respects his wishes, though leaves Chandler with suspicious words before taking his leave. On the December 23rd, 2011 edition of SmackDown, Chandler is jumped from behind backstage by a masked assailant.
The man is merciless beating Chandler down before making a quick escape. Chandler is down and hurting as Barrett comes along and finds it funny and ironic, considering Chandler’s words from the week before. Instead of helping, he merely pokes fun at Chandler again as an angry Chandler goes to shove him before going on about his business. On the December 30th, 2011 edition of SmackDown Chandler is once again assaulted backstage by the same masked person and once again, Barrett is first on the scene, not to help Chandler but to make fun of him even more, telling him he needs Barrett's services. Chandler, in pain, needs Wade to fetch a medic for him but Barrett refuses until Chandler accepts his offer. Once he does, Barrett calls for help.
On the January 6th, 2012 edition of SmackDown Chandler is approached by Barrett, who reminds Chandler of his promise. Chandler hasn't forgotten and reluctantly tells Barrett to name his price. Barrett names an outlandish price of $5,000 dollars, but with Chandler's health ultimately at risk, he has little choice but to agree and promises to bring the money the following week. On the January 13th, 2012 edition of SmackDown Chandler brings the money Barrett appears and Chandler follows him to a quieter part of the arena where Chandler hands him the money. Barrett goes over it to make sure all of it is there, and once satisfied it is, Barrett and Chandler shake hands to seal the deal.
Barrett is now charged with uncovering the identity of the assailant and bringing them to light. Chandler warns Barrett however, that if he’s screwing with him, there will be hell to pay. After Barrett cost Chandler a match with CM Punk on a recent SmackDown, Tyler returned the favor at New Years Revolution when he interfered in the Elimination Chamber and hit Barrett with the Wolf's Bite setting up Barrett's elimination. On the January 20th, 2012 edition of SmackDown, Tyler and Barrett agree to let by-gones be by-gones following what happened at the Elimination Chamber. Over the next few weeks both Chandler and Barrett go back and forth on trying to one up each other.
At the Royal Rumble, Chandler entered in at number sixteen and would last quite long before being eliminated by Goldust. On the February 17th, 2012 edition of SmackDown, Chandler is seen talking with AJ Lee only to be interrupted by Wade Barrett this led to words exchanged by Chandler and Barrett only for Wade to reveal who had been the one who had been attacking Chandler for several weeks, it was Barrett himself! The two started to brawl backstage as it would be broken up by several referees and talent agents. Traci Brooks would set up a match between the two for the following week.
However the feud was scrapped as Barrett decided to take some time off and upon returning was moved over to Monday Night RAW which meant the one on one match never took placed and was replaced with Chandler competing in a Fatal Four Way which Chandler would lose thanks in part to interference from Dean Ambrose.
Following this Chandler had a brief feud with Dean Ambrose who targets Chandler to try and make a name for himself, seen attacking him and costing him his match. On the March 2nd, 2012 edition of Smackdown; Chandler teamed up with Jack Swagger to take on the team of Dean Ambrose and Carlito and were able to get the victory.
Following this the feud was dropped due to Ambrose's release from the company. On the March 16th edition of Smackdown, Chandler was able to get a victory over Rob Van Dam. Following this Chandler opted to take some well needed time off, mostly due to him not being into wrestling at the time and opting to focus on his acting career and being a full-time father.
Intercontinental and WWE Champion (2012–2014)Edit
Chandler made his return to the WWE as a face at the Unforgiven PPV, addressing the crowd and telling them the reasons behind his departure from the company saying that he wanted to be there for his twin daughters and wanted to take care of them as well as be there for them as their father. Tyler said that he has been keeping a close eye on everything that's been going on both RAW and Smackdown and announced that he was making a full-time return and that he wasn't going anywhere before announcing that he was returning to RAW for the first time in over a year. On the July 30th, 2012 episode of Monday Night RAW, Chandler made an unsuccessful return to the ring teaming with Ciaran O'Donnell to take on the team of new WWE Champion, Shane Helms & new Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy. On the August 6th, 2012 episode of Monday Night RAW, Chandler was able to pick up his first victory since returning with a win over Ciaran O'Donnell, Rylan Jett & Bill Liden in a Fatal Four Way Match.
On the September 3, 2012 episode of RAW; Chandler made it known that he had his sights set on Jeff Hardy and the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The following week on the September 10, 2012 episode RAW during Chandler's tag team match he was attacked by the Extreme Revolution consisting of Brock Lesnar, Sabu, Rob Van Dam & Taz. Chandler would be on the receiving end on multiple chair shots from Sabu only to have Brock Lesnar deliver an F5 to Shane Helms and drag him over to cover an already battered Chandler. Two weeks later on the September 24, 2012 episode of RAW – Chandler officially sided with RAW against the Extreme Revolution as he was interviewed backstage by Todd Grisham and was sporting a red 'RAW' t-shirt, while also sharing a few choice words for Brock Lesnar, even going as far as challenging him to a fight. That same night, earlier in the broadcast — in a Fatal Four Way Match — Chandler grabbed one of two contracts for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship along with Taz and is set to challenge Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship at Halloween Havoc.
Chandler was officially made a member of team RAW the following week on the October 1, 2012 episode of RAW. That night following Ciaran O'Donnell's victory over AJ Styles in the finals of the Hard Ten Tournament, O'Donnell called out anybody who wanted to fight him and it was Chandler who answered the call. In fact the two had shared some choice words on Facebook leading up to RAW. The two go at it back and forth, each man getting the better of the other and that was when Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy made his way down to the ring to separate the two. O'Donnell would flip Chandler off, which in turn set him off and as he went after O'Donnell, the youngster landed a low blow. Jeff Hardy once again tried to convince O'Donnell to side with RAW, however once again O'Donnell would have none of it and would slap Hardy across the face which in turn lead to Hardy hitting him with the Twist of Fate before challenging him to a fight the following week.
Following this a backstage segment took place between Chandler and Hardy where the two noted their mutual respect for one another, however Chandler made it clear to Hardy that he wanted the Intercontinental Championship and that he was gonna bring it come Halloween Havoc. The two managed to come to terms that they needed to take care of Taz first and take him out of the equation. The Extreme Revolution would make their presence felt during one of the scheduled matches, however they would be sent retreating by the likes of Chandler, Daniel Bryan who sided with RAW and various others from the locker room. At the end of the night following the main event a huge brawl ensued between the Extreme Revolution and the RAW Locker room which included Chandler. In the end RAW stood tall over ECW even managing to injure Sabu during the brawl.
On the October 8, 2012 episode of RAW; Chandler teamed up with WWE Champion, Shane Helms and were successful in defeating Team Rated RKO—Edge and Randy Orton—following the match the Extreme Revolution once again made their presence felt and assaulted both Helms and Chandler, however the RAW locker room would come to their aid including UFC Hall of Famer, Ken Shamrock. The following day on RAW Reaction, Chandler made it known that he was sick and tired of the attacks from the ECW Revolution and that he wanted to get his hands on one of the ECW Superstars, saying he didn't care who it was. Chandler even hinted at wanting to face ECW Champion, Brock Lesnar.
On the October 15, 2012 episode of RAW; Chandler's match with Brock Lesnar was ruled a no contest after all hell broke loose as Triple H would make his return to RAW and would attack Brock Lesnar however, not before Lesnar was able to land not one, but two F5's on Chandler. Following the match Triple H challenged Lesnar to a Last Man Standing Match where the loser leaves RAW. Lesnar would attempt to attack Jim Ross however Chandler would intervene as he hit Lesnar in the back of the knee with a steel chair. After this Lesnar would attempt to escape through the crowd however would run into RAW's special guest that being Gregory Iron who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and who shoved Lesnar only to get punched in the face by Lesnar; Chandler would come to the aid of Iron as the show came to a close.
On October 28 at the Halloween Havoc PPV event, Chandler defeated both Hardy and Taz to win the Intercontinental Championship for the second time in his career. On the November 5, 2012 episode of RAW – Chandler teamed up with WWE Champion, Ciaran O'Donnell to take on the team of former WWE Champion, Shane Helms and former Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy – the two men that both Chandler and O'Donnell beat at Halloween Havoc respectively – Hardy was able to get the win for his team pinning O'Donnell after hitting him with the Swanton Bomb. Later in the night Brock Lesnar who had been unceremoniously fired at the PPV after losing a Loser leaves WWE match against Triple H; showed up to RAW and slandered the entire locker room including the Extreme Revolution only to be interrupted by Ciaran O'Donnell as well as the entire RAW locker room which included Taz – who had been kicked out of the Extreme Revolution earlier in the night – Chandler would join in on the beat down of Lesnar effectively hitting him with the Gavels Call as the entire RAW locker room carried Lesnar out of the arena.
The following week on the November 12, 2012 episode of RAW; Chandler along with Shane Helms, Jeff Hardy & Randy Orton defeated the team of The Miz, Vampiro, Danny Carter & Kurt Angle. At Survivor Series, Shane Helms and Jeff Hardy lead Team RAW (Shane Helms, Jeff Hardy, Ciaran O'Donnell and Tyler Chandler) to a 4–0 sweep over Team ECW (Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Gangrel, Rey Mysterio, and Rob Van Dam) thus putting an end to the feud. On the December 3, 2012 episode of RAW, Chandler & Vampiro lost to Shane Helms & Ciaran O'Donnell. A week later Chandler teamed up with Vampiro again along with Jeff Hardy and defeated the team of Billy Kidman, Danny Carter & Dolph Ziggler.
On the final RAW of 2012, Chandler confronted Rhino on his recent attacks on Velvet Sky, labeling him as a coward for assaulting a diva which led to Rhino attacking Chandler. A little later, it would look as though Rhino was going to attack Velvet Sky again, however he was stopped by Chandler who hit him with Singapore cane and managed to get Velvet to safety. Chandler would go on to lose the Intercontinental Championship to Jeff Hardy in a triple threat match — Vampiro was also involved in the match — after Rhino interfered and hit Chandler with the Gore costing him the championship.
On the January 7, 2013 episode of RAW; Chandler would call out Rhino and the two would get into a brawl with Rhino managing to hit Chandler with the Gore, not once but twice the second time being into the steel steps thus injuring (kafaybe) Chandler. The angle would continue as in a WWE.com exclusive a second brawl took place after RAW went off the air where Rhino would again attack the ribs of Chandler and would Gore him a third time. An announcement was made that Rhino would face Chandler in a grudge match at New Years Revolution. At the PPV event after kicking out of a Gore, Chandler was able to beat Rhino after hitting him with a Gavels Call from the top turnbuckle. On the January 28, 2013 episode of RAW, Chandler was able to get another victory this time with a win over former World Heavyweight Champion, Cody Rhodes. During the match Rhino attempted to interfere and ended up hitting Cody Rhodes with the Gore that was intended for Chandler. Immediately following the match Chandler challenged Rhino to another match, however this time to a Career vs. Career No Disqualification match to which Rhino accepted.
On the February 4, 2013 episode of RAW, Chandler defeated Rhino thus ending their feud and this also led to Rhino being fired in storyline. After being given a week off, Chandler teamed with a few of his Team Bischoff teammates—Steve Austin, Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler. During the match, Chandler would end up abdandoning his teammates and would walk out on them – hinting at a possible heel turn. This allowed Jeff Hardy to pin Dolph Ziggler for the win after hitting him with the Swanton Bomb.
On the March 4, 2013 episode of RAW, Chandler defeated Shane Helms, The Rock, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy in a Battle Royal, before being revealed as the number one contender for the WWE Championship, after the WWE Universe voted him in to face Ciaran O'Donnell at Cyber Sunday. At the event, Chandler defeated O'Donnell to win the WWE Championship, his first world championship in WWE. On the April 1 episode of RAW, Chandler teamed up with new Intercontinental Champion, Matt Hardy to defeat Edge and Ciaran O'Donnell—with Chandler pinning O'Donnell. In recent weeks there's been more interaction between Velvet Sky and Chandler, and there's been hints of a possible attraction between the two, with the two somewhat flirting with one another backstage.
The following week Chandler defeated Braden Walker in a squash match, continuing his winning streak. At Wrestlemania XXIX, Chandler successfully defended the title against Road Dogg after Velvet Sky replaced the original referee counting the pinfall herself; this made Chandler the first WWE Superstar in history to headline four consecutive "Big Four" original Pay Per View events: SummerSlam (2012), Survivor Series (2012), Royal Rumble (2013) and Wrestlemania XXIX. Earlier in the night, Chandler was once again seen backstage with Velvet Sky as they talked about the match, before the two ended up sharing a kiss; further hinting at a possible romance forming between the two. Following the match, both Chandler and Road Dogg were attacked by Ciaran O'Donnell, Jeff Hardy and Shawn Michaels. On the following episode of RAW, Chandler teamed with Dolph Ziggler to defeat the team of Shane Helms and Ethan Osbourne. Earlier in the night, Chandler was seen talking with Velvet Sky again and the two ended up sharing another kiss. The following week on the May 13 episode of RAW, Chandler defeated Shawn Michaels.
Chandler continued his winning ways a week later where he successfully retained the WWE Championship against Goldust. After the match he was attacked from behind with a steel chair by Ciaran O'Donnell, suffering a (kafaybe) concussion. A week later despite doctor's advice not to compete, Chandler did anyway when he teamed with Mr. Anderson to defeat Shane Helms and Teddy Hart. Chandler would go on to suffer his first loss since winning the WWE Championship a week later in a Six-Man Tag Team Match against Project Mayhem. A week later, Chandler would suffer a second loss to Shane Helms in a singles match, marking the first time that he had lost in a one on one match in over a year. Earlier in the night, Chandler was seen with Velvet Sky with the two talking about her being kidnapped by Ciaran O'Donnell two weeks prior as well as their romance with the two agreeing to give them being a couple a shot.
At the Invasion PPV Chandler defeated Scott Hall to retain the WWE Championship. Chandler would lose the championship back to Ciaran O'Donnell at Unforgiven ending his reign at 126 days. On the August 5 episode of Raw, Shane Helms defeated Chandler to become the #1 Contender following interference from Shawn Michaels. The planned feud between Michaels and Chandler was then later nixed. A few days later Chandler posted a few cryptic messages on his official Facebook page, the first saying: "I'm Done" and the second a few days later: "#SummerSlam". At SummerSlam, Chandler returned and attacked Ciaran O'Donnell after he had successfully defended the WWE Championship against Shane Helms; with a steel chair before hitting him with his new finisher, Exiled and held up the championship, without even saying a word or explaining his actions.
On the September 9, 2013 episode of Raw Chandler in a way explained his reasonings for attacking O'Donnell while at the same time responding to some of the many critical things that O'Donnell said a week prior. Chandler also addressed Shane Helms and voiced disapproval of Helms receiving title shot after title shot, before focusing on Triple H and bringing up their history as members of Evolution. He then went on to say that he would reclaim the WWE Championship and and said some scathing comments in regards to O'Donnell's personal life. on September 19, 2013 at the tapings for the October 3, 2013 episode of NXT Chandler made his return to the ring defeating Alex Riley. A week later on Raw Triple H, Ciaran O'Donnell and Shawn Michaels assaulted Chandler in his locker room. On the September 28, 2013 episode of Smackdown, Chandler returned to Smackdown and made it known that he had signed a contract with them and stated that his goal was to become World Heavyweight Champion. He would then go on to defeat Heath Slater and Adam Cole in his first match on Smackdown in over two years.
A week later, Chandler would face off against Chris Jericho only for the two men to get counted out. Chandler would next face former World Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns on the October 19, 2013 episode of Smackdown and defeated him with a roll-up only for Reigns to attack him after the match and put him through a table. Earlier in the night, Jimmy Jacobs and Lian Cortes addressed Chandler and his aspirations to become World Heavyweight Champion, that was currently held by Michael Noventa and said in order for him to get a shot at Noventa he would first have to go through Jacobs on the following Smackdown and then Cortes a week after that. While Chandler's match with Jacobs ended in a no contest, his match against Cortes the following week which was contested inside of a steel cage. Cortes won the match after escaping the cage. A week later Chandler got back on the winning side when he defeated Justin Gabriel after forcing him to tap out to a crossface submission hold. On the following episode of Smackdown, Chandler lost to Chris Jericho in a Beat the Clock challenge after Lian Cortes distracted him. On the December 14, 2013 episode of Smackdown, Chandler returned to his winning form with a win over Seth Rollins. Chandler made a one night return to Raw on the December 16, 2013 episode to accept the Slammy Award for Worst Gimmick. Chandler would go on to win the same award on Smackdown 4 days later.
Part-time and sporadic appearances (2014–2015)Edit
On WWE.com it was announced that Chandler would be one of the five to challenge Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship at New Year's Revolution inside the Elimination Chamber. This is Chandler's second appearance inside an Elimination Chamber having come up short back in 2011. At the event Chandler failed to win the World Heavyweight Championship after being eliminated by Wade Barrett. Sterling James Keenan later went on to win the match and begin his third-reign as champion. A week later on the January 25, 2014 episode of Smackdown Chandler defeated Mike Bennett. On the March 8, 2014 episode of Smackdown after losing to The Miz in a record nine seconds, Chandler quit (kafaybe) the company this was done due to Chandler needing time off to film his upcoming movie, Selfless.
Chandler returned to WWE after a six month absence on the September 8, 2014 episode of Raw directly following the Handicap match involving Ciaran O'Donnell and Billy Cassidy. Chandler didn't speak he merely just stood on the stage, and motioned around his waist potentially showing intentions of being in the WWE title picture once again. Chandler made an appearance on the November 3, 2014 episode of Raw as a face and spoke with Mick Foley attempting to talk him out of facing Roman Reigns for the WWE Championship. Later that night during the match, Chandler interfered and attempted to aid Foley, but was unsuccessful as Reigns retained the championship. On the November 10, 2014 episode of Raw, Chandler competed in his first match in over six months and managed to defeat Roman Reigns via Disqualification after Chris Jericho intefered and hit him with a Codebreaker thus disqualifying Reigns. Chandler suffered his first loss since returning losing to Ciaran O'Donnell on the December 1, 2014 episode of Raw.
At New Year's Revolution Chandler was revealed as the mystery entrant into the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber – thus entering his third Elimination Chamber match. Chandler would last until the final four before being eliminated by old rival and eventual winner, Ciaran O'Donnell. After this Chandler went on another hiatus to film Deadpool. When asked if he would return to the ring after his filming schedule freed up, Chandler hinted at possibly coming back in Summer 2015 and in time for SummerSlam.
On the April 16, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler returned replacing Daniel Riley in his King of the Ring Qualifier against Muhammad Hassan which he lost after being rolled up by Hassan after a distraction from Zeb Colter. At King of the Ring Chandler was unsuccessful in capturing the WWE United States Championship with Kevin Owens pinning Tyson Kidd in order to win the title. On the following episode of SmackDown, Chandler defeated Santino Marella via disqualification after Enzo Amore interfered as the two members of Fratelli d'Italia started a two on one assault before Chandler was saved by Jack Swagger.
Later that night Chandler confronted Dolph Ziggler, Ethan Carter III and Kevin Owens which led to Chandler storming the ring and dispacthing Ziggler and EC3 before attempting to hit Owens with a Gavel's Call only for Owens to bail, thus starting a feud with all three men. A week later on the May 7, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler lost to Ethan Carter III after being rolled up and Carter grabbing a handful of tights. On the May 14, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler teamed up with Travis Kooper and suffered another loss this time to the team of Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens after being pinned by Ziggler. A week later on the May 21, 2015 episode of Smackdown Chandler lost a close match with Ziggler, before being attacked by Kevin Owens with two Pop-up Powerbombs – one being on the steel steps.
On the May 28, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler would team up with former rival Ciaran O'Donnell and Abyss and lost to Ziggler, Owens and Carter before again being attacked by Owens following the match and suffering yet another Pop-up Powerbomb thus further injuring his ribs. On a special Friday Night edition of Smackdown on June 5, 2015, Chandler teamed with Samuel Shaw to defeat the team of Santino Marella and Luke Harper after Chandler made Marella tap out. Later that night, Chandler reformed Evolution with Ric Flair and Batista and brawled with Ziggler, Owens and Carter which ended with Chandler hitting a Spear on Owens before challenging him to a match at Invasion. Chandler would go onto lose a number one contenders match for the United States Championship and was later written off television as he was going on another hiatus.
World Heavyweight Championship pursuit and retirement (2015–2016)Edit
Chandler returned full-time on the October 8, 2015 episode of Smackdown getting a win over Nick Mitchell. A week later Chandler lost to Travis Kooper and showed signs of a heel turn during the match attempting to roll Kooper up with a handful of his tights. After the match, Chandler turned heel for the first time since 2011 when he cut a scathing promo on the entire roster. During this time Chandler began referring to himself as The Outlaw. Over the next couple weeks, Chandler attacked the likes of Tom Phillips, Matt Striker and a handful of Road agents. Prior to the November 5, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Shane McMahon suspended Chandler for a week without pay for the attacks.
On the following episode of Smackdown, Chandler met with Shane McMahon to discuss the suspension and Chandler feigned having learned his lesson and gotten his head on straight before attacking Shane himself in his office. The following Smackdown, Shane confronted Chandler inside the ring who later dared McMahon to hit him which he did punching Chandler as a brawl broke out between the two men with McMahon getting the upperhand and starting a feud between the two men. Later that night Chandler defeated Daniel Bryan showing a much more aggressive side throughout the match. At Survivor Series, Chandler and Shane had another confrontation where Chandler threatened his wife before hitting Shane with a low blow. A week later on the December 10, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler defeated Finn Bálor – using Shane's Coast to Coast dropkick. After the match Shane would blindside Chandler attacking him and hit him with the Coast to Coast himself with a garbage can. Later that night Shane revealed that he would step back into the ring with Chandler on the final Smackdown of the year and if Chandler beat him then he would get his shot at the World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber at New Year's Revolution.
On the December 17, 2015 episode of Smackdown, Chandler defeated McMahon and injured him after powerbombing him into the ring apron. Earlier that night Chandler also attacked Booker T, powerbombing him off the stage. At New Year's Revolution, Chandler after eliminating both Abyss and Jimmy Havoc made it to the final two however lost to Corey Graves after passing out to Graves' Lucky 13 submission maneuver coming up short in winning the World Heavyweight Championship. On the January 28, 2016 episode of Smackdown, Chandler defeated Bram. A week later it was announced that Chandler would face Corey Graves at the Royal Rumble (2016) for the World Heavyweight Championship in an I Quit match. At the PPV, Chandler come up short after interference from the returning Shane McMahon and Suicide. On the March 17, 2016 episode of Smackdown, Chandler challenged McMahon to a match at WrestleMania 32 where if he won he would become #1 Contender. Shane would give a counter offer that if Chandler couldn't win he wouldn't receive a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship for the rest of the year before proposing that it be a Last Man Standing match to which Chandler agreed. At WrestleMania 32, Chandler defeated Shane, however following the match McMahon revealed to Chandler that the title shot he had earned was not for the World Heavyweight Championship as he hadn't specified which title and revealed that he had earned a shot at the United States Championship. At Invasion Chandler was unsuccessful in winning the championship. On the following episode of Smackdown, Chandler started an alliance with Chris Jericho with both men vowing to get rid of Shane McMahon as Smackdown General Manager. This would be cut short as on May 27, 2016, Chandler announced his retirement. After retiring Chandler has since been serving as an ambassador for the WWE.
In 2008 Tyler revealed he and his wife filmed a scene in the financially successful film — The Dark Knight however, the scene was cut from the movie but added as a deleted scene in the DVD release. In 2009; Chandler starred in his first major film role in a direct to DVD release titled, Prey alongside Jason Statham and Jennifer Garner.
In August 2010, Chandler along with his daughter Mikaela starred in the action thriller movie — Race Against Time alongside Mickey Rourke and Angelina Jolie. The film is a story about a father desperately searching for his daughter who has been kidnapped by a couple who are serial killers. Chandler will have a supporting role in his daughter's new film — Blue Sea. Filming took place in Australia and wrapped up in December 2010 while slated for a January 2012 release.
Chandler co-starred in the action thriller film, Safe House along with Denzel Washington, Sebastian Roché, Brendan Gleeson and Robert Patrick. The film was released on February 10, 2012 to mixed reviews. In September 2012 it was announced that Universal has hired back writer David Guggenheim to write a script for the sequel and that Chandler had expressed interest in returning for the sequel.
Chandler portrayed Nick Cruz in the Universal Pictures film adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics R.I.P.D., alongside Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon. The film is based on the comic book Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov. Filming for R.I.P.D. was completed on January 28, 2012, re-shoots took place in November 2012. R.I.P.D. was originally set to be released on June 28, 2013 in the United States by Universal Pictures but was pushed back to July 19, 2013. The film received mainly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike due to the similiarities between Ghostbusters and Men in Black, and underperformed at the box office. However Chandler's on-screen chemistry with his co-star Bridges was praised by critics. In a December 2012 interview with GQ Magazine, Chandler stated that R.I.P.D. will be his last film as he'll being taking a hiatus from acting afterwards to focus on his professional wrestling career. After R.I.P.D. failed at the box office, Chandler mentioned that he was thinking of giving up acting as a whole and completely focusing on wrestling. Although he hasn't ruled out doing at least one more film and wouldn't be opposed to doing a low budget indie film.
It was revealed in March 2014 that Chandler had been cast in the upcoming drama film directed by Tarsem Singh titled Self/less which co-stars Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Matthew Goode, Derek Luke and Natalie Martinez; the film is set to be released on February 27, 2015.
Chandler has become a top media spokesman for WWE, especially during his reign as WWE Champion. He has been a guest on several late-night talk shows. He has appeared on CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight twice. Other appearances have included NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. Chandler has also appeared as a guest on The Today Show, Extra, Live! with Kelly and Michael and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In early 2013 it was revealed that Chandler had been cast in the starring role of black comedy The Voices co-starring alongside Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton. The film was released on February 6, 2015 on demand and in select theaters in the United States. The film has received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 74%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "The Voices gives Tyler Chandler an opportunity to deliver a highlight-reel performance -- and offers an off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies."
In September 2014 it was revealed that a Deadpool film was in the works and confirmed for a Winter 2016 release and that Chandler is attached to the project as well as the role. It was later confirmed that the Deadpool film will be a reboot, ignoring the events that took place in X-Men Origins and establishing a new backstory for the character. In December 2014, it was announced that the film would be released in early 2016 and that Chandler was officially confirmed to star in it as the title character. Filming will start in March 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. In March 2015 it was revealed that the release date would be February 12, 2016. Filming wrapped up in May 2015. The film has broken numerous box office records and received generally positive reviews: it became the highest-grossing R-rated film and highest-grossing X-Men film, , while critics praised Chandler's performance, the humor, and the action sequences, but criticized the plot as formulaic. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 84%, based on 187 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts the superhero film formula with wildly entertaining – and decidedly non-family-friendly – results." Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. Richard Roeper gave the film 2.5 out 4 stars, praising Chandler's performance but saying the film gets bogged down by its origin story, and all too often becomes like the films it spoofs. By the release of Deadpool, Fox had already greenlit the sequel, with Chandler set to return as well as Rheese and Wernick returning to write, and Miller being looked at to return as director. In April 2016, Fox confirmed that the sequel is in development with Miller, Reese, Wernick and Chandler returning. Kinberg and Miller also talked about the possibility of a crossover featuring Spider-Man.
|2008||The Dark Knight||Gotham Man||Deleted Scene|
|2009||Prey||Andrew Cassel||Direct to DVD|
|2010||Race Against Time||Steve Knox||Direct to DVD|
|2012||Blue Sea||Brian Jackson||Supporting role|
|Safe House||Matt Weston||Starring role|
|2013||R.I.P.D.||Nick Walker||Starring role|
|2014||The Voices||Jerry Hickfang||Starring role|
|2016||Deadpool||Wade Wilson/Deadpool||Starring role|
Tyler currently has numerous tattoos on his body; one on his right wrist of the Nine O’clock Gun, the cannon that goes off nightly in Vancouver, Canada. The words "Know Thyself" along with a star on the underside of his right wrist. Chandler recently got some new tattoos one of two praying hands surrounded by red roses on his right shoulder and a signature tribal design on his left shoulder. In 2013, Chandler got both arms sleeved in various designs including the birth dates of his children and his wife's name. In January 2016, Chandler got a Dragon's head on his left pectoral and the quote "Positive thinking always helps become" on his right pectoral.
Chandler has four siblings – two brothers and two sisters. Tyler's eldest brother, Ryan is three years older then Tyler and is a Television actor. Tyler's younger brother, Christian is also an actor. Tyler's youngest sister, Carley is a a pop singer while Tyler's older sister Camille is an actress.
While still in high school and at the age of only thirteen Chandler welcomed his first child, a daughter Mikaela Chandler. After being married to his wife Michelle Walker for four years the couple separated and Michelle announced that she was filing for divorce in September 2009. In October Chandler began dating WWE Diva, Candice Michelle. Less then a month later it was made known that Candice was pregnant with Tyler's child. The two had a rocky relationship that saw them get married in December before Candice filed for divorce a month later after it was known that Tyler was cheating on her with fellow WWE Diva, Brooke Adams.
After Candice and Tyler went through with the divorce they reconciled. Candice would give birth to a baby girl on May 25th, 2010 which was Tyler's 28th birthday the baby was 8 pounds and named Stefani Beckman. Shortly after the baby was born Tyler was found to have cheated on Candice once again with her best friend, WWE Diva Eve Torres. This signaled the end of Candice and Tyler's relationship. As of 2013 the two are said to be on good terms again for the sake of their daughter. After breaking up with Torres, Chandler began dating model Kyla Connelly. After being together for about a month the couple went their separate ways. Chandler was next seen with his ex wife Michelle a lot as the two were reconciling. It was announced in August that they were going to renew their vows.
They re-married on August 1, 2010. In August 2010 Chandler announced that he and his wife were expecting their first child together due sometime in April of 2011. In March 2011, Tyler announced that his wife had suffered a miscarriage. In June 2011 Chandler announced that him and his wife were separating after being together for six years. However a few weeks later the two were able to reconcile and get back together. In July 2011 Michelle announced that they were expecting a child together. It was later revealed that they were expecting twin girls. Michelle gave birth prematurely on December 29th, 2011 at 12:06 am. Tyler is good friends with fellow WWE Superstars John Cena, Travis Kooper, Ashley Massaro, Mickie James and Trish Stratus. It was announced in April 2012 that Chandler was filing for divorce from his wife citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorced was finalized in September 2012.
After filing for divorce from his wife; it was speculated that Chandler had started dating WWE diva Brooke Adams, after briefly dating her in 2010. It was later confirmed by Tyler on May 28, 2012 in a radio interview with Toronto radio station Kiss 92.5; they ended their relationship in January 2013. Around that same time, Chandler was spotted with ex-wife, Candice Michelle fairly frequently speculating that the two were possibly rekindling a relationship. In April 2013, the two confirmed that they were a couple and had started dating in February 2013. While promoting Unforgiven in July 2013 it was confirmed by Chandler that him and Candice had mutually decided to call off their engagement and end their relationship, however they were going to maintain a working relationship for the sake of their daughter. During the same interview, Chandler mentioned that for the time being isn't interested in getting married again, however he hasn't ruled it out in the future.
In late August 2013 it was reported that Chandler was dating American model Jennifer Andrews. The two furthered the speculation of their relationship when they arrived at the SummerSlam Kickoff Party together on August 21, 2013, before Chandler confirmed it while being interviewed on the red carpet. In September 2013 in an interview with People.com, Andrews revealed that her and Chandler had legally married while in Las Vegas and that they were very happy. This was Chandler's third marriage and first for Andrews. In October 2014 it was announced that Andrews and Chandler are expecting their first child together with this being Chandler's third and Andrews' first. It was revealed in January 2015 that Andrews had given birth to a son - Tristan Andrew Chandler in late December 2014. In August 2015, on their two year anniversary Andrews revealed that she and her husband were expecting their second child together – a girl, due in late May, early June 2016. Andrews gave birth to a baby girl - Jaydlyn Marie Chandler on May 20, 2016.
In wrestling Edit
- Gavel's Call (Jumping cutter), sometimes used as a counter to a midair opponent – 2005–2016
- The Devil's Ride (Swinging reverse STO) – 2015–2016
- Dead Man's Hand (Running single leg front dropkick) – 2016
- Crossface / Scissored armbar combination; 2015–2016
- Corner back elbow
- Double underhook powerbomb – 2015–present
- Elevated DDT, most often performed on a wrestler hanging from the middle rope
- European uppercut
- Figure-four leglock, sometimes from a standing position – adopted from Ric Flair
- High knee to an oncoming opponent
- Multiple kick variations
- Big boot, sometimes to a seated opponent
- Running bicycle
- Multiple powerslam variations
- Fireman's carry spun out into a side
- Snap scoop
- Swinging side
- Vertical suplex
- Multiple suplex variations
- Delayed vertical
- Swinging leg-hook belly to back – 2015–present
- Swinging vertical
- Multiple turnbuckle thrusts
- Pumphandle neckbreaker – 2015–present
- Rebound clothesline
- Rolling cutter
- Running forearm smash
- Running high-impact lariat
- Sheer-drop release powerbomb, sometimes into the ring apron – late 2015–present
- Spear – used as a signature move from 2015–present
- Swinging neckbreaker
- Three-quarter facelock followed by multiple knee lifts to the opponent's head
- Ric Flair
- Velvet Sky
- "FCW's Resident Bad Boy"
- "The Immortal"
- "The Guiding Light"
- "The Silent Assassin"
- "The Sovereign"
- "The Diamond in the Rough"
- "The Legend Killer" (bestowed upon by Velvet Sky)
- "The Dark Horse"
- "The Evolution of Wrestling"
- "The Day of Reckoning"
- "The Outlaw"
- "The Dog of War"
- "The Punisher"
- "Burn in My Light" by Mercy Drive (2008–2010; 2015)
- "Line in the Sand" by Motörhead (2010; June 5, 2015, Used while apart of Evolution)
- "Skies Will Burn" by Trust Company (March 11, 2013–May 20, 2013)
- "Wait" by Earshot (May 27, 2013–September 2, 2013)
- "Dead Horse" by Mercy Drive (October 8, 2015–November 5, 2015)
- "War on the Inside" by Another Lost Year (November 12, 2015–December 17, 2015)
- "My Demons" by Starset (January 10, 2016–February 29, 2016)
- "Evil Ways (Justice Mix)" by Blues Saraceno (March 10, 2016–May 27, 2016)
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- World Wrestling Entertainment