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Tyson Tomko

Tyson Tomko

REAL NAME: Travis Tomko
6' 6", 292 pounds
BORN:Arizona
NICKNAMES:Travis Bain, the Problem Solver

WWE fans may only know Tyson Tomko as Christian's bodyguard but with the CLB traded to Smackdown, Tomko may be able to take advantage of Vince McMahon's penchant for pushing big men to carve out a niche of his own on Raw.

Tomko, trained by Hack Myers, broke in on the Florida independent circuit in 1999. By 2002, he had earned the interest of the WWE, who signed him to a developmental contract and assigned him to Ohio Valley. Wrestling as Travis Bain, the future Tyson Tomko became part of the Disciples of Synn in OVW, which also included Leviathan (Batista). Teaming with Seven (Mordecai), Bain defeated Rene Dupre and Lance Cade on March 5, 2003 to win the vacant OVW Tag Team titles.

In July 2003, Tomko was called up to WWE and, wrestling as both Travis Tomko and Travis Bain, working in dark matches during Raw tapings. Finally, on April 19, 2004, Tyson Tomko made his WWE Raw debut, interfering on Christian's behalf during his match against Chris Jericho.

At first, Tomko, dubbed "the Problem Solver", acted as simply Christian's bodyguard. But when Christian out with an injury, Tomko began serving in the same role for Trish Stratus in their feud against Chris Jericho. After several beatdowns from Tomko, Jericho challenged and defeated Tomko at Bad Blood in June 2004.

With the return of Christian in the fall of 2004, he and Tomko began teaming up, mostly against Jericho and various partners, including Shawn Michaels. By New Year's Revolution, the team of Tomko and Christian challenged William Regal and Eugene for the WWE Tag Team titles.

The battle between Jericho and Christian/Tomko would continue until June 2005, when Jericho turned on John Cena during a tag match on Raw. Tyson would then help Jericho and later, Kurt Angle in their battles with Cena.

With Christian traded to Smackdown and Trish leaving him behind, Tomko was at loose ends but began teaming first with Rob Conway and later with Snitsky, mostly on Heat.

In April 2006, Tomko left WWE, announcing plans to tour Japan and making appearances in Puerto Rico.

Tomko would make his grand North American return in late November on TNA, debuting on Impact to help Christian Cage beat down Sting. His heel character gained its notoriety as a member of The Christian Coalition and working mostly tag matches and doing run-ins.

During this time, Tomko would also work New Japan Pro Wrestling and win the IWGP Tag Team titles with Giant Bernard (formerly A-Train).

Tomko also won the TNA tag belts with AJ Styles when they defeated Team Pacman (Ron "The Truth" Killings and "Consequences" Creed with Pacman Jones) at Bound For Glory.

-- compiled by John M. Milner and Richard Kamchen