Spence trained under Cueball Carmichael and Julio Sanchez and had his in ring debut at the age of 19 on December 7, 1996. Adopting the name "Christian York", Spence wrestled for the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), where he furthered his training. In OMEGA, York formed a stable known as the Bad Street Boys, and formed a tag team with fellow Bad Street Boys member Joey Matthews.
York and Matthews went on to wrestle for numerous independent promotions, winning several tag team championships. In late 2000, they were signed to contracts by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and stayed their until the companies closure in April 2001. York and Matthews wrestled on several of the final ECW pay-per-views, primarily feuding with Simon and Swinger.
After ECW declared bankruptcy in April 2001, York and Matthews returned to the independent circuit, wrestling for companies such as Ring of Honor and Xtreme Pro Wrestling. They were signed to contracts by the newly formed Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion in June 2002, but were released later that year. The tag team eventually separated, and York retired in 2004.
On July 22, 2006, York came out of retirement to wrestle for Maryland Championship Wrestling.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2012–2013)
On November 1, 2012, York appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) Impact Wrestling program, losing to Zema Ion in a TNA Gut Check match. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, the Gut Check judges voted unanimously to sign York to a contract.
York returned on the November 22, 2012, edition of Impact Wrestling, losing to TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy in a non-title match. On the December 27, 2012, edition of Impact Wrestling,York lost to the TNA X Division Champion Rob Van Dam in a non-title match. After defeating Kid Kash and Kenny King in a tournament to determine the #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship, York unsuccessfully challenged champion Rob Van Dam in a title match at Genesis 2013 on January 13, 2013. York returned on March 10 at Lockdown, unsuccessfully challenging Kenny King for the X Division Championship in a three-way match, which also included Zema Ion.
On January 12, 2013, York took part in X-Travaganza where he won a seven-man Xscape match. (aired on April 5, 2013) On January 12, 2013, York took part in Joker's Wild, competing in a tournament for $100,000 cash prize. He teamed with James Storm to defeat Crimson and Gunner in a tag team match to advanced to the main event Gauntlet Battle Royal, but was eliminated by Rob Terry.
On the May 16, 2013, edition of Impact Wrestling in the first qualifying round for the Bound for Glory Series Tournament York was defeated by Jay Bradley.
On July 3, 2013 it was announced that York was among the 4 names that TNA released due to budget cuts.
- Finishing moves
- Frog splash
- Mood Swing (Snap swinging neckbreaker)
- Rebel Yell (Diving knee drop)
- Southern Cross Bomb (Sitout scoop slam piledriver, sometimes inverted)
- Signature moves
- Corkscrew somersault leg drop
- Dreamscape (Cannonball)
- Exploder suplex
- Shoulder jawbreaker
- Tornado DDT
Championships and accomplishments
- IPWA Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- KYDA Pro Heavyweight Champion (2 Times)
- OMEGA Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- SCW Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- TNA X Division Championship #1 Contender Tournament (2013)
- TNA Gut Check winner
- Virginia Championship Wrestling