Tyler Paige Hernandez was born October 13,1995 in El Paso, TX to Steve & Christy Hernandez. She grew up in Albuquerque with her brother Christopher and her sister Jordan and excelled at bmx racing, basketball, track, barrel racing and even did some modeling and acting. Tyler was first introduced to the sport of Armwrestling in 2009 at the age of 13. She won her very first tournament at the Sturgis Bound Rally Armwrestling Championships in Belen and went on to win every local, state, regional and national tournament she entered over the next 7 years in 5 different states except for one that she finished 2nd behind 4-time world Champion Margie Ciaccio. 2010 was Tyler's breakout year as she won her first National Championship in the teens division and shocked the room by defeating a former national champion to finish 2nd in the women's division. Later that year Tyler represented New Mexico and Team USA at the WAF World Championships where she finished 4th in the teens division and 6th in the women's division. She ended the year with her first of 7 record #1 Overall titles as the #1 ranked female Armwrestler in New Mexico. At the time, Tyler was the youngest puller in NM history to win the #1 Overall title and the record she broke had been held by Donna Corley for 19 years. The following year Tyler won the USAA National Championship in multiple divisions and won the 2011 New Mexico Armwrestler of the Year award. Tyler was ranked #1 in 4 different divisions and was also ranked in the top 10 in the US on the In the Hook Rankings website. She was the 2009 Rookie of the Year and was named to the 2010 New Mexico All-decade Team and the New Mexico All-time Team. In 2016 Tyler was awarded the New Mexico Games Athlete of the Year award and missed receiving the National Games Athlete of the Year by one vote. Perhaps the best compliment to Tyler's incredible career was when the Armwrestling Archives website named her the "All-time Top Women’s Puller in New Mexico history".
We lost Tyler on October 17, 2020. Just 4 days after her 25th birthday. The news of her passing devastated the Armwrestling community. We all loved Tyler and we were so proud of her accomplishments on and off the table. She was our friend and our little sister. We watched her grow up from a young girl competing in the teens division to an ambitious young woman serving our country in the National Guard and working as a border patrol agent. Tyler was also studying at the University of New Mexico and had aspirations of going into law enforcement. On the table she was extremely competitive, tenacious, and driven to be a champion with impressive power, speed and technique. Off the table Tyler was fun loving and playful with a smile that lit up the room. She had a big heart and loved her family and her extended-Armwrestling-family and we miss her every day.