April 12, 2005
BG James

The James Gang -- Kip James & BG James -- at the TNA Fanfest Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield, Mich. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

REAL NAME: Brian Gerald James
6' 3", 236 pounds
BORN: May 20, 1970 in Marietta, GA
NICKNAMES: The Dark Secret, The Roadie, Jesse James Armstrong, The Real Double J, The Road Dogg, Jesse James,

It is perhaps safe to argue that BG James has always been at his best as a part of a group, whether as the Roadie for Double J Jeff Jarrett, a member of DeGeneration X, a tag team partner to Billy Gunn or as part of 3-Live Krew.

Born Brian James, he grew up in a wrestling family, the youngest son of wrestling legend "Bullet" Bob Armstrong so it was only natural that he would make his way to a career in the squared circle. However before he could make his debut, James would serve his country during Operation Desert Storm.

In 1993, having returned from Kuwait, James debuted in the Smoky Mountain Wrestling territory as "the Dark Secret". That name wouldn't last however and he would wrestle as Brian Armstrong in Smoky Mountain, WCW and the USWA for the next two years. The highlight of his early career was defeating Robbie Eagle for the CWF title in February 1993.

In 1994, James would begin appearing in the WWF, as the Roadie for Double J (Jeff Jarrett), running interference and occassionally making in-ring appearances, mostly as a tag team partner for Jarrett. The Roadie, as he was initially known, aided Jarrett in his feud with Razor Ramon, leading Jarrett to the Intercontinental Championship.

In 1995, the Roadie managed a victory over Bob Holly in the King of the Ring tournament, but lost to Savio Vega in the second round. Meanwhile, an angle was beginning to develop where the Roadie was to be revealed to be the real voice behind Jarrett's so-called hit single "With My Baby Tonight". However, before the secret could be revealed, Jarrett left WWE and the Roadie soon followed.

The Roadie would be no more following his departure from WWE. Instead, Jesse James Armstrong would show up in the USWA in late 1995 and win the USWA Heavyweight title from former WWE star, Billy Jack Haynes. Between the fall of 1995 and the spring of 1996, Armstrong would win most of the gold that the USWA had to offer. He and Tracey Smothers would claim the organization's Tag Team Championship, and Armstrong would also win a battle royale to claim the first USWA Television Championship.


Ironically, however, it would be his former "boss", Jeff Jarrett, who would defeat Armstrong in June 1996 in a "loser-leaves-town" match. In this case, the stipulation would stick and Armstrong would head back to WWE. Almost immediately, he revealed himself to be the real voice behind With My Baby Tonight and, still sticking with the Jesse James moniker, began to refer to himself as the REAL Double J.

Soon after his return to WWE, James earned the notice of the Honky Tonk Man who was looking for a protege to lead to greatness. The match between the Honky Tonk Man and James seemed perfect as both had the wrestler/singer gimmick but James soon turned Honky Tonk down. The spurned Honky Tonk Man soon enlisted Rockabilly (the former and future Billy Gunn) to feud with James.

After James and Rockabilly traded victories on successive "In Your House" pay-per-views in 1997, the two men began to team, eventually calling themselves the New Age Outlaws. By November, 1997, the New Age Outlaws had climbed their way up the tag team ranks and defeated the Legion of Doom to become WWE Tag Team Champions and continued to have the upper hand in their fued with the LOD well into 1998, retaining the tag titles every step of the way.

At Wrestlemania XIV, that first title reign came to an end at the hands of the Hardcore Legends (Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie (a.k.a. Terry Funk). The next night on Raw, with the help of Chyna, Triple H and X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws regained the WWE Tag Team titles, and became part of DeGeneration X.

With the backing of DX, the New Age Outlaws targetted every major team in WWE, including Los Boricuas, the Legion of Doom and the Nation of Domination. They were finally defeated by Kane and Mankind on July 13th. However, at SummerSlam 98, personal issues between the tag champs lead to the New Age Outlaws regaining the titles when Mankind had to defend the titles alone. The New Age Outlaws' third reign would not last the year, as they dropped the titles to the team of the Big Boss Man and Ken Shamrock.

While still members of DeGeneration X, the New Age Outlaws struck out in pursuit of singles gold. Although it seemed as though the Road Dogg had targetted the WWE Hardcore Championship, he instead found himself Intercontinental Championship after a defeat of Val Venis on March 15th and then retained it in a Fatal Fourway at Wrestlemania XV.

Less than a month later, the New Age Outlaws broke up, with Billy Gunn and the Road Dogg feuding over the D-X name. (Road Dogg and X-Pac defeated Billy Gunn and Chyna at Fully Loaded '99. Meanwhile, the Road Dogg took some time off during the spring of 1999 to take care of some personal issues.

By September, however, the New Age Outlaws reformed and regained the Tag Team titles, defeating the Rock and Mankind, the team that would unseat the Outlaws a few weeks later. But the belts would come back to the Outlaws one last time on November 8th, defeating Mankind and Al Snow. Their reign would last until February 27th, 2000 when they were defeated by the Dudley Boyz.

By Wrestlemania 2000, the Road Dogg was teaming with X-Pac and feuding with the Dudleyz, but even that team would be history by SummerSlam when X-Pac defeated Road Dogg at the pay-per-view. Instead, the Road Dogg began teaming with K-Kwik (Ron Killings) through the fall of 2000.

By the end of the year, his personal problems had caught up to him and the Road Dogg was, at first, suspended indefinitely but later was released from WWE. He would wrestle sparodically for most of the next year and a half, most notably for the World Wrestling All-Stars in October 2001, defeating Konnan at the WWA pay-per-view.

In September 2002, B.G. James debuted in NWA-TNA, where he began feuding with Jeff Jarrett and Brian Lawler. In December 2002, James joined Vince Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme. Soon he found himself feuding with Ron Killings while still taking aim at Jarrett's NWA Championship.

In May, 2002, James began to team with Konnan and two months later, Killings joined the group, which came to be known as 3-Live Krew and by November, Killings and James had won the NWA Tag Team Championship, a title they would hold until a loss to the Red Shirt Security on January 28, 2004.

ALthough James would compete in several singles bouts (including against Monty Brown and Jarrett), most of his energy was directed towards helping his 3-Live Krew mates regain the NWA Tag Team titles. Although they would fall against the Naturals in August, the team of Konnan and James wouldn't fail against Team Canada (Bobby Rude and Eric Young) in November, finally regaining the titles at the Victory Road pay-per-view.

The feud against Team Canada would continue and Rude and Young would unseat James and Killings (subbing for an injured Konnan) as NWA Tag Team Champions at December's Turning Point. While they have yet to regain the belts, 3-Live Krew remain in the hunt for the tag championships, participating in a Triple Threat match against Team Canada in a bout at March's Destination X that also involved America's Most Wanted.

James has also teamed with NASCAR broadcaster Jeffrey Hammond on a couple of occassions, most recently against Michael Shane & Frankie Kazarian at Against All Odds.

However, James has been teaming more regularly with the rest of 3 Live Krew. He also teamed with former D-X mate Sean Waltman, not to mention Diamond Dallas Page at Lockdown to defeat Jarrett, Monty Brown and the Outlaw, who James knows better as Billy Gunn, the other half of the New Age Outlaws.

Having since dubbed himself Kip James, it seems that BG James' former partner has come to TNA in the hopes of stirring up trouble. During a match between Kip James/Monty Brown and Killings/Konnan at No Surrender, Kip offered a chair to BG in hopes that the latter would hit Killings. Instead BG James tossed the chair down and walked away.

If the other members of 3 Live Krew were worried about James' loyalty, he proved himself at Sacrifice when, as a referee James helped Killings and Konnan defeat Kip James and Brown.

But Kip James would not give up on his hopes of re-aligning himself with his "brother" BG James and eventually BG would convince Konnan and Killings to accept this former New Age Outlaw. 3 Live Krew became 4 Live Krew, if only temporarily.

That lasted only until Turning Point when, during an eight man tag match pitting 4 Live Krew against Team Canada, Konnan turned on Kip and later, even attacked BG James' father, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong.

Killings decided to stay out of the fray, but BG and Kip James have reunited as "the James Gang" and have Konnan and his new team, the Latin American Exchange in their sights, gaining victories at Against All Odds and Destination X.

The James Gang next crossed paths with Team 3D, with both teams claiming to be the best tag team in history. Traded barbs became traded blows, with the James Gang getting the win at Slammiversary and later, teamed with Abyss to defeat three former Dudleys (including Brother Runt) at Victory Road.

--- compiled by John M. Milner


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