I wanted Ty to play the "mentor" role in the storyline. He had to look and behave like a father. Someone who is strict and exudes an aura of dominance but tells the occasional "dad-joke". Given that both TJ and Kerri have skinny bodies, I wanted to make Ty really large and round.
Unlike TJ and Kerri, I referenced Ty and Vulcano off real-life WWE wrestlers. For Ty, I took inspiration from Rikishi, Umaga, JBL and Mick Foley. In the end, I went with the Mick Foley inspired design as there was a certain goofiness in that character that I dig.
"With a career spanning over 30 years, Ty is the legendary 15-time JWA heavyweight champion. His massive frame terrifies even the most seasoned wrestlers; his techniques are world class. He has numerous challengers to his titles, but none as cunning as the evil Vulcano. Right before the JWA World Championships XXII, Ty was framed of the possession of illegal drugs. Disgraced, the champion was stripped off his title and forever banned from entering the ring. Hungry for revenge, he starts to train his only child, Kerri."