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James Storm

James Storm signs autographs at the Bound For Glory fan fest in October 2007 in Atlanta. Photo by Bob Kapur

James Storm is best known as "The Tennessee Cowboy" and one-half of the now dissolved America’s Most Wanted, a six-time championship tag team on TNA.

Storm would go on to become a singles heel after cracking his partner "Wildcat" Chris Harris over the head with a beer bottle during a pivotal match. His deliberate action caused AMW to lose to LAX in a "Titles versus Team" match and thereby split up.

For a couple months thereafter, Storm would feud with Petey Williams. He also took on a new manager -- Jackie Moore, who attacked former AMW valet Gail Kim at Final Resolution.

Although Storm and Moore would defeat Williams and Kim at Against All Odds, an eye-patch wearing Harris would return after the match to seek revenge on his partner. Thus began a long build-up where Harris would show up after Storm’s matches to chase him around the ring and building.

It took two months before the two finally met in the squared circle, but Storm would get the better of his former partner in a blindfold cage match at Lockdown. Harris, not to be denied, would continue to literally chase after Storm up to the following month’s Sacrifice, at which he would defeat Storm in a Texas Death match. Their rubber match, a King of the Mountain qualifying contest on Impact, ended in a bloody double disqualification.

Storm then went on to start a long program with Rhino that revealed Rhino had been battling a long-time alcohol addiction. Storm would show up after and during the Rhino matches to spit or pour beer over him. Storm beat Rhino one-on-one at Victory Road and Hard Justice, as well as in tag matches.

The feud continued with Storm driving around looking for Rhino, who apparently fell off the wagon, at bars and AA meetings. Storm would find Rhino at No Surrender but unfortunately for him, Rhino would get his revenge, goring Storm and Moore and emerging victorious.

Next up for Storm would be another strange alcohol-related rivalry with "Showtime" Eric Young. This time, though, the program began with the two bonding over their common love for beer. But after losing to Young in beer drinking contests at Genesis and on Impact, Storm would turn on Young, smashing a beer bottle over his head. Young, however, settled the score by besting Storm at Turning Point.

-- compiled by Richard Kamchen

JAMES STORM STORIES AND LINKS

  • April 13, 2012: Is Lockdown title match make-or-break for Storm? Challenger says no
  • December 9, 2011: Storm quickly adapting to singles life
  • December 27, 2007: Storm coming to Quebec & Ontario ... with TNA colleagues
  • June 16, 2007: Storm promises a beating for Titan Wycheck
  • Bio of America's Most Wanted