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Donovan Dijak
Chris Dijak Axxess 2018 crop.jpg
Dijak in April 2018
Birth nameChristopher James Dijak
Born (1987-04-23) April 23, 1987 (age 32)[1]
Leominster, Massachusetts, United States[1]
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Spouse(s)Ashley Dijak[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Chris Dijak
Donovan Dijak[4]
Dominik Dijakovic
Billed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[4]
Billed weight270 lb (122 kg)[4]
Billed fromWorcester, Massachusetts
Trained byBrian Fury

Christopher James Dijak (born April 23, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Donovan Dijak he is best known for his time in Ring of Honor and on the independent circuit. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs for their NXT brand, under the name Dominik Dijakovic.

Early life[edit]

Dijak grew up in Lunenburg, Massachusetts and was a standout three sport athlete at Lunenburg High School. Dijak excelled specifically at football, as he was heavily recruited by many top New England area college football programs. Dijak was named the 2005 Sentinel & Enterprise Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, a Central Massachusetts Shriners All-Star selection, and was named a captain and selected as the team MVP during his senior season. Ultimately, Dijak accepted a scholarship to play college football for the UMass Minutemen.[5]

After redshirting his freshman season at UMass and struggling to adjust at the large campus, Dijak ultimately decided to transfer to Bridgewater State University, a mid-sized liberal arts college located approximately 20 miles outside Boston, Massachusetts. At Bridgewater State, Dijak excelled at both football and basketball, leading the football team in both tackles and sacks in his junior and senior years, and led the basketball team in rebounding his senior year. Dijak also earned all-league honors in both sports. He was also named to the NCAA Division III Football East Region All-American team in his senior season playing for the Bears. Dijak graduated from Bridgewater State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.[6][7][8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Chaotic Wrestling (2013–2017)[edit]

Following two losses in smaller promotions, Dijak joined Chaotic Wrestling, training under Brian Fury and Todd Hanson.[9] He made his debut in August 2013 in a winning effort against 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. After a reign of 148 days, he lost the title against Chase Del Monte on March 21, 2015. In 2016 Dijak teamed with Mikey Webb to form the tag team The American Destroyers. Dijak and Webb would go on to win the Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship by defeating The Logan Brothers on December 26, 2016, before losing them less than 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 after the match, he vacated the title.[10]

Ring of Honor (2014–2017)[edit]

He made his debut in Ring of Honor on July 27 at Future of Honor 2, first defeating Stokely Hathaway and then falling in defeat to Moose.[11] Dijak won the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament, defeating Will Ferrara in the finals.[4] This victory allowed him to face Jay Lethal for the ROH World Television Championship. However, he refused to take this opportunity and instead joined Truth Martini's The House of Truth, establishing himself as a heel.[4] His first match as a member of the House of Truth took place on March 7, teaming with J Diesel and beating the team of Brutal Burgers (Bob Evans and Cheeseburger).[12] On June 19, at Best in the World 2015, he wrestled against Mark Briscoe on a losing effort.[13] He managed to win his next pay-per-view match against Takaaki Watanabe at Death Before Dishonor XIII.

On December 19 (aired January 13, 2016), he was banned from Truth Martini's stable, initially turning face in the process.[14] At the February 27 ROH TV tapings, Dijak came out with Prince Nana and attacked Truth Martini, turning heel again and making a rare double-turn with Jay Lethal and Becoming Prince Nana's Latest Crown Jewel In the Embassy stable.[15] Dijak announced his departure from ROH via Twitter on February 12, 2017.[16]

WWE (2017–present)[edit]

In January 2017, WWE pulled a contract offer from Dijak, following a legal threat from ROH, who still had him under contract.[17] The following month, Dijak opted not to re-sign with ROH, essentially putting his career on hold, waiting for another contract offer from WWE.[17] On July 20, it was reported that Dijak was finishing up his independent bookings ahead of joining WWE.[17] Dijak reported to the WWE Performance Center on August 21.[18] His signing was announced by the company on September 5.[19]

Dijak made his debut for WWE's developmental branch, NXT, on September 23.[20] His television debut, under the name "Chris Dijak", came on May 30, 2018, in a loss against Ricochet. In July 2018, WWE revealed Dijak's new ring name as "Dominik Dijakovic". Promos started to appear on the December 5, 2018 episode of NXT, promoting the debut of Dominik Dijakovic. Dijakovic made his debut on the December 19 episode of NXT, defeating Aaron Mackey.[21]

Following WrestleMania 35, he was set to feud with NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream over the championship. However, in April 2019 he injured his knee, resulting in a torn meniscus that would require surgery.[22] He would be out of action until late July, when he returned at an NXT live event.[23]

On November 13, 2019 episode of NXT, Dijakovic joined Team Ciampa for the annual WarGames match with Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee against Undisputed Era at TakeOver: WarGames. Riddle proceeded to leave the team to pursue his rivalry with Finn Bálor.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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  25. ^ "LCW Keystone Cup 2015 – Saturday Show". Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  26. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2015". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
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  28. ^ "List of WrestleMerica Heavyweight Champions".

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