Chris Adams was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, the oldest son of Cyril and Jean Adams. His middle name was supposed to be Michael, but his father Cyril forgot to put it on his birth certificate.
Beginning at the age of nine, Chris was involved in judo, training in it exclusively for fourteen years. He and his younger brother Neil went on to win national and world championships in judo, with Neil going on to win a silver medal at both the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Chris was a member of Britain's 1976 Summer Olympics judo squad, but never competed in the Olympics. Adams held a black belt in Judo and was also an expert in other areas of the martial arts. In addition, Chris competed in rugby, cricket, soccer and amateur wrestling; and away from athletics was also studying architecture.
In the early 1980s, Adams dated Jean Clark whom he met at a wrestling show in England in 1978. Together, they had a daughter, Jade in 1981.
Chris married Toni Collins on December 20, 1984. Together they had a son, Christopher Jr. The pair divorced on August 15, 1994. Toni died on June 24, 2010 at the age of 45.
Adams also shared a daughter, Julia (born in 1994), from a relationship with Brandi Freeman. She wrestled as "Miss Brandi" in a handful of wrestling cards that Adams promoted before going to WCW. The couple split in late 1999. Freeman died in 2003.
On October 7, 2001, Adams was fatally shot in the chest during a brawl with a supposed friend, at the man's Texas home. The gun owner claimed self-defense and was found innocent of all charges. This decision drew the ire of many wrestling fans, fellow wrestlers and family members.
Adams second marriage occurred only six weeks prior to his death. He wed Karen J. Burge on August 25, 2001 in Dallas.
Prior to his death, Adams, who was considered semi-retired, planned to move permanently to Florida and compete in a wrestling organization featuring several former WCW and WWE stars, including Hulk Hogan. Adams was also planning to produce along with Gary Hart, Bill Mercer, Mickey Grant and others a pro wrestling documentary, which was to have included footage of wrestling matches dating back to the 1930s.
Chris is survived by his three children Jade, Chris and Julia, his two grandsons Blaise and Lachlan, his mother and father Cyril and Jean and his brother Neil.