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America's Most Wanted

Chris Harris and James Storm

REAL NAME: James Storm
6' 1", 229 pounds
BORN: June 1, 1975 in Franklin, Tennessee
NICKNAME: Tennessee Cowboy

REAL NAME: Chris Harris
6' 3", 232 pounds
BORN: Fort Wright, Kentucky
NICKNAME: Wildcat

Since its inception, NWA-TNA has been heralded by wrestling observers for its tag team division. America's Most Wanted, the team of James Storm and Chris Harris, has been one of the main reasons why TNA has earned that praise.

James Storm was trained by former PG-13 member Wolfie D (later Slash) beginning in 1995, only to suffer a broken shoulder during training, delaying his debut in the ring until 1997. In 2000, Storm made several appearances on WCW Worldwide, as well as the NWA 52nd anniversary show where defeated Bully Douglas to win the NWA North American title.

"Wildcat" Chris Harris was also in action on that show, losing to NWA Champion Mike Rapada. Trained by the National Wrestling Federation's Roger Ruffin, Harris won the NWF's Heavyweight, Tri-State and (with Sean Casey) NWF Tag Team titles. Later he would travel to the Mountain Wrestling Federation and held the Heavyweight and Tag titles. Much like his future tag team partner, Harris was also part of WCW in 2000, and was assigned to their Nashville camp. At Super Brawl in February 2001, Harris defeated Kid Romeo in a dark match and he also appeared as a Fake Sting.

Before they began teaming together, Harris and Storm met in a match in June 2002. The match impressed Jerry Jarrett who was on the verge of starting up NWA-TNA, and who signed Harris and Storm.

A week after TNA's debut later that month, Harris and Storm teamed together to defeat the Rainbow Express. Victories over the Johnsons, Brian Lee and Ron Harris and the Hotshots (Cassidy O'Reilly & Chase Stevens) followed before, on September 18, 2002, America's Most Wanted won a 10-team Gauntlet for the Gold match to become NWA World Tag Team Champions.

During their first reign as Tag Team Champs, Storm and Harris would defend against the SATs, Rick and Chris Michaels, and Brian Lee and Ron Harris before their reign came to an end on November 13th, with a defeat against the New Church team of Ron Harris and Slash.

America's Most Wanted, however, did not let one defeat deter them. They continued to hound Harris and Slash in the weeks following the loss of the tag team titles, and regained the titles on January 8, 2003. Their second reign did not last as long as their first, as on January 22nd, Elix Skipper and Low Ki dethroned America's Most Wanted to become NWA Tag Team Champions.

America's Most Wanted would clash with the Rock and Roll Express as they tried to work their way back into title contention in the weeks that followed. They would also defeat Ron and Don Harris to earn the number one contender status. However, they could not convert that status into another title reign. In fact, as the spring of 2003 played out, it looked as if America's Most Wanted might be on the verge of a breakup, with Harris teasing that he would join Vince Russo's S.E.X. faction. Instead, after a singles bout between the two (won by Storm), the two teammates shook hands and reunited.

Soon the two were back on their winning ways, defeating A.J. Styles and D-Lo Brown and, later, winning an Anarchy Alliance tournament. On June 23rd, America's Most Wanted defeated Skipper and Christopher Daniels in a cage match to regain the NWA Tag Team titles.

The team spent the summer of 2003 defending those titles against Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger, a team that would ultimately unseat them for the titles on August 27th. In addition to battling Diamond and Swinger, America's Most Wanted would also battle the teams of Kid Kash/Abyss,Sonny Siaki & Ekmo Fatu and the team of Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas, aka the Naturals.

America's Most Wanted began 2004 with a feud against Red Shirt Security (Legend and Kevin Northcutt) before heading off to explore the singles scene.

Storm battled Raven, Kid Kash and NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett. Harris, on the other hand, made a stronger run towards the NWA title. He defeated Northcutt, both of the Naturals in singles matches and Shane Douglas. He defeated Raven in a #1 Contender's match, only to have Raven injure him before he could get his title shot. Harris, dressed as La Parka, interfered in Raven's match and cost Raven the NWA title. Harris, meanwhile, would get his own title matches against NWA Champions Jarrett and Styles. Harris also took part in the Fatal Fourway NWA Championship bout on May 19th (won by Ron Killings and a King of the Mountain match, won by Jarrett.

In June 2004, America's Most Wanted reunited and quickly relieved Kid Kash and Dallas (Lance Hoyt) of the NWA Tag Team titles. Approximately a month later, the Naturals, who had previously defeated AMW in a non-title match, stole their tag team titles during a six-man match (with D-Lo Brown) against Miyamoto, Nosawa & Makayenu. Five days later, it would take the Naturals just twelve seconds to win the NWA Tag Team titles.

Storm and Harris tried to regain the NWA Tag titles, only to find themselves under attack from Scott D'Amore and Team Canada. In addition to battling Petey Williams and Bobby Roode, America's Most Wanted also took on Ultimate X (Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper) in a best-of-three series that ended in a draw when Team Canada interfered.

On September 8th, Chris Harris regained the NWA Tag Team titles, but without James Storm as his partner. With Storm and Christopher Daniels both unable to compete, AMW and Ultimate X were merged and defeated the Naturals for the belts. In a more bizarre twist, Chris Daniels and James Storm teamed to defeat Harris and Skipper for the championships on September 24th.

Whatever controversy might be brewing between these two teams ended when Roode and Williams defeated Daniels and Storm for the tag team titles on October 15th. Storm and Harris reunited and America's Most Wanted defeated Ultimate X in a "Last Man Standing" match at November's Victory Road pay-per-view and again at December's Turning Point in a cage match where the losing team had to disband.

At TNA's next pay-per-view, Final Resolution, America's Most Wanted made the most of their momentum, defeating Roode and Eric Young to regain the NWA World Tag Team titles, a championship they defended against legendary Dory and Terry Funk at Wrestlereunion on January 29th.

In addition to defending the titles against Kid Kash/Lance Hoyt, America's Most Wanted also teamed with Dustin Rhodes in six-man matches and even teamed with 3 Live Krew against Team Canada at Destination X.

On April 29th, they would lose the NWA Tag Team titles to the Naturals. After the loss, the two teams engaged in a lengthy feud. Although they teamed up against Team Canada at Sacrifice, America's Most Wanted was more interested in beating the Naturals than teaming with them. On September 15th, after a loss to Eric Young and Johnny Devine at a Border City Wrestling show in Windsor, Ontario, America's Most Wanted turned heel and helped NWA Champion Jeff Jarrett regain the NWA title from Raven. Just over a month later, after destroying the debuting Team 3-D, America's Most Wanted defeated the Naturals to regain the NWA Tag Team titles, then retained them against their rivals at Bound for Glory.

The Naturals suddenly, becamethe least of their worries, as Team 3D recovered from their beatdown and have come gunning for AMW, going so far as to defeat them in a non-title tables match at Turning Point.

In addition to teaming with Jeff Jarrett in six-man matches (most notably against Rhino and Team 3-D at Genesis, America's Most Wanted has been forced to keep one eye on Team 3-D and their challenge for the NWA Tag Team titles. Although they retained the titles at Final Resolution it was only through the interference of Team Canada.

To date, AMW has yet to have to defend the tag team titles against Team 3-D. The closest that they have come is a No Contest on April 13th Impact and a non-title Full Metal Mayhem match on a TNA/UWF house show the day after.

AMW maintains a firm grip on the NWA Tag Team titles, defending them successfully against Chris Sabin/Sonjay Dutt, Rhino/Ron Killings and their old adversaries, the Naturals.

AMW’s next major program would be against AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels. Although besting the latter on Impact and at Sacrifice, they’d finally drop the belts to Styles and Daniels at Slammiversary.

Miscommunication between Storm and Harris resulted in losses and the beginnings of dissension. The situation came to a head during AMW’s feud with LAX. LAX beat AMW in a flag match at Turning Point, a loss that Storm blamed on Harris. On the following Impact, the two teams met again in a "Titles versus Team" match. Storm ended up deliberately smashing his beer bottle over Harris’s head, allowing LAX to get the win and thereby breaking up the team.

--- compiled by John M. Milner and Richard Kamchen

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