Christopher James Dijak is a 36-year-old wrestler from Lunenburg, Massachusetts. He is currently signed with WWE and performs on NXT under the ring name, Dijak.
Growing up, Dijak was a standout athlete in high school and excelled at football. He was heavily recruited by many top New England area college football programs. Dijak accepted a scholarship to play college football for the UMass Minutemen. After a year at UMASS, he transferred to Bridgewater State University and excelled at both football and basketball there. He led the football team in both tackles and sacks in his junior and senior years, and led the basketball team in rebounding his senior year. He also earned all-league honors in both sports. Dijak was also named to the NCAA Division III Football East Region All-American team in his senior season playing for the Bears.
Dijak’s Early Wrestling Career
Dijak made his wrestling debut in August 2013 for the promotion, Chaotic Wrestling. He trained under Brian Fury and Todd Hanson (Ivar). At his debut, Dijak beat Vern Vicallo and remained undefeated until July 2014 when he lost to Chaotic Wrestling champion Mark Shurman. After earning another title shot in a fatal four-way match the next month, he went on to defeat Shurman in their rematch on October 24 and claim the CW Heavyweight Championship. His reign lasted 148 days where he lost the title against Chase Del Monte on March 21, 2015.
The following year, Dijak teamed with Mikey Webb to form the tag team, The American Destroyers. They went onto win the Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship by defeating The Logan Brothers on December 26, 2016. The American Destroyers lost the titles a month later to The Mill City Hooligans. In his final match for the promotion, Dijak defeated Christian Casanova and Josh Briggs in a triple threat match for the Chaotic Wrestling New England Championship. Immediately following the match, he vacated the title.
Dijak’s Ring of Honor Debut
Christopher Dijak made his Ring of Honor (ROH) debut on July 27 at Future of Honor 2. He lost his first match to Moose but defeated Stokely Hathaway also that day. He then went on to win the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament by defeating Will Ferrara in the finals. Winning the tournament awarded him the opportunity to face Jay Lethal for the ROH World Television Championship but Dijak declined. Instead, he joined Truth Martini’s, “The House of Truth.”
In his first match as a member of The House of Truth, he teamed with J Diesel and together they defeated the team of Brutal Burgers. On August 19 2016, Dijak wrestled at Death Before Dishonor XIV in a Four Corner Survival match to determine the Number One Contender for the ROH World Television Championship. He successfully defeated Jay White, Kamaitachi and Lio Rush. On September 30, Dijak’s Television Championship match was held at ROH All Star Extravaganza VIII where he was defeated by the defending Television Champion, Bobby Fish.
Dijak returned in 2017 and won a Number One Contender Six-Man Mayhem match on January 14. He defeated Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Jay White, Jonathan Gresham and Lio Rush. His final World Television Championship match was held on February 11, where he lost to Marty Scurll.
Dijak’s WWE Contract
In January 2017, WWE pulled a contract offer from Dijak, following a legal threat from Ring of Honor, who still had him under contract The following month, Dijak opted not to re-sign with ROH, essentially putting his career on hold, waiting for another contract offer from WWE. Finally in August, Dijak reported to the WWE’s Performance Center and it was announced on September 5 that he had signed with the WWE.
On September 23, 2017, Dijak made his NXT debut and then his television debut, under his real name, in May 2018 in a losing match against Ricochet. WWE announced in July that his new ring name would be Dominik Dijakovic. He made his debut as a villain on the December 19 episode of NXT, defeating Aaron Mackey.
Dijak’s Various Feuds
Following Wrestlemania 35, he was set to feud with Velveteen Dream but unfortunately suffered a knee injury requiring surgery. He returned to NXT live action in July 2019 and started to turn face, joining Team Ciampa for the annual WarGames match with Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee against The Undisputed Era at TakeOver: WarGames. At the event, Dijakovic and Team Ciampa defeated The Undisputed Era, with Riddle’s place (he left the team to feud with Finn Balor) being taken by Kevin Owens.
On the January 29, 2020 episode of NXT, Dijakovic defeated Damian Priest to become the number one contender for Keith Lee’s NXT North American Championship. At NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16, Dijak failed to win the title. After Lee’s NXT Championship win against Adam Cole at NXT: The Great American Bash, Dijakovic was challenged by Lee to a Winner Takes All match on the following episode, but was unsuccessful in capturing the titles. Following the match, he was attacked by Karrion Kross during a backstage interview. This resulted in a match between the two on the July 22nd episode of NXT, which Dijakovic lost.
Dijakovic Joins Retribution
On the September 21st episode of Monday Night RAW, Dijakovic was revealed as one of the main members of the newly created faction known as Retribution. He was also given the new ring name, T-Bar. On the October 5 episode of RAW, Mustafa Ali was revealed as the stable’s leader. Over the following weeks, the faction had very little success. At Fastlane on March 21, 2021, T-Bar and Mace attacked Ali, disbanding the stable.
On the April 12th episode of RAW, T-Bar and Mace attacked Drew McIntyre, showing signs of joining The Hurt Business. The following week on RAW, T-Bar was finally unmasked along with Mace in a tag team match against McIntyre and Braun Strowman, in which T-Bar and Mace won by disqualification. Later in an interview, they confirmed the start of their tag team run. After a few weeks of absence from television, T-Bar and Mace were put as lumberjacks in a Lumberjack match between John Morrison and Damian Priest on the May 17 episode of RAW.
As part of the 2021 Draft, Mace was drafted to the SmackDown brand while T-Bar remained on the Raw brand. As a result, their team was disbanded. On the October 25 episode of RAW, T-Bar was disqualified in a match against WWE United States Champion, Damian Priest after throwing an office chair at the champion. On the November 1st episode of RAW, he lost to Priest in a no disqualification match in which Priest retained the title. Throughout 2022, he competed on WWE Main Event until October.
Dijakovic Returns to NXT
On the October 25th episode of NXT, a vignette was shown of T-Bar’s Retribution mask being tossed into a fire, teasing his return to the NXT brand. On the November 22nd episode of NXT, he returned to the brand using his Dijak name and attacked Wes Lee after Wes successfully defended the NXT North American Championship against Carmelo Hayes.
At NXT Vengeance Day, Dijak lost his North American Championship match due to interference from Tony D’Angelo and fellow NXT superstar “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo. As a result, Wes Lee capitalised on the distraction and retained the championship.SHOW LESS
Birth name: Christopher James Dijak
Born: April 23, 1987, Lunenburg Massachusetts, USA
Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight: 270 lb (122 kg)
Spouse: Ashley Dijak
Ring Name(s): Chris Dijak, Dijak, Donovan Dijak, Dominik Dijakovic, T-Bar
Current Roster: WWE NXT
Finishing Move(s) Feast Your Eyes
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Chaotic Wrestling
- CW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CW New England Championship (1 time)
- CW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Lancaster Championship Wrestling
- Keystone Cup (2015) – with J. Diesel
- Pro Wrestling Resurgence
- PWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ring of Honor
- Top Prospect Tournament (2015)
- WrestleMerica Heavyweight Championship (1 time)