James Cox was an amateur wrestler while in high school. In addition, he was a talented basketball player, and was awarded a scholarship to Austin Peay State University (which he was forced to relinquish after injuring his shoulder).
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1997–2000)
Cox's professional wrestling career began when he was trained by Wolfie D, a veteran tag team wrestler, in 1995. His training was hampered by a broken shoulder, and Cox eventually dropped out of Slash's training school. He resumed training with Shane Morton after his shoulder had healed.
World Championship Wrestling (2000–2001)
Cox toured the south-east independent circuit before being signed to a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) developmental deal in 2000. Cox made several appearances for World Championship Wrestling on WCW Worldwide and WCW Saturday Night in 2000 as an enhancement talent, where he assumed the ring name "James Storm". Storm returned to the independent circuit after WCW was sold to the World Wrestling Federation in March 2001.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
America's Most Wanted (2002–2006)
Storm wrestled his future tag team partner, Chris Harris, on a "Legends Night" show on June 1, 2002. As a result of the match, both wrestlers were hired by the upstart Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. The pair were expected to wrestle as singles wrestlers, but were instead placed into a tag team. They named themselves "America's Most Wanted" because, according to Storm the name was a reference to his "little trouble with the law". Storm made his TNA debut along with Psicosis vs The Johnsons.
Storm appeared on the inaugural TNA pay-per-view on June 19, 2002, and the team wrestled for the first time on the second ever TNA pay-per-view on June 26, 2002. The team quickly became mainstays of the promotion, and teamed regularly over the next few years. Splits were teased in early 2003 and again in 2004, but nothing came of them.
Storm, along with Harris, turned heel in late-2005 by helping Jeff Jarrett defeat Raven for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. They went on to join Jarrett's Army, acquiring the managerial skills of Gail Kim in the process. Storm's penchant for wearing cowboy hats resulted in the team being often jeered as "Brokeback Mountain", a reference to the movie about homosexual cowboys, during their heel run. In mid-2006, they would again tease their split due to miscommunication during their matches, most notably when Harris accidentally hit Storm with a garbage can during a No Disqualification match against Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon). During their run as a team, the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championship six times.
On the December 14, 2006 episode of Impact!, the team came to an end after a feud ending match with The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) when Storm hit Harris with a beer bottle "blinding" Harris's right eye. Storm would go on to feud with Petey Williams before turning on Gail Kim and aligning himself with the returning Jacqueline Moore. He then went on a huge winning streak winning the majority of his matches over Petey Williams, Eric Young and even his own former partner Harris in his return match among several others. At the Sacrifice pay-per view, Storm was defeated by his former tag team partner Harris in a Texas Death Match, which ended his long running winning streak. The two faced off again in a King of the Mountain qualifying match where both men hit each other with weapons and caused each other to bleed from the head. Harris would spear Storm through the tunnel wall which would give the referee no other choice but to count both of them out.
Singles competition (2007–2008)
After this, he teamed with Robert Roode to defeat Eric Young and Rhino. He and Jacqueline would celebrate a tag team victory against Rhino by pouring beer into his mouth, which set off Rhino due to the instant reminder of a history of alcohol abuse that he overcame, thus sparking a feud between them. As the weeks continued, Storm would mockingly taunt Rhino about "knowing he likes alcohol" every chance he got, and continue to try and pour beer in Rhino's mouth any time he defeated him. Storm was able to defeat Rhino at the Victory Road 2007 after hitting Rhino with a beer bottle. Their feud continued with Storm again defeating Rhino in a Bar Room Brawl at Hard Justice. For several weeks, Storm would be included in vignettes where he would try to find Rhino at local bars. Rhino then challenged Storm to a match at No Surrender. Rhino defeated Storm by pinfall after he gored Storm through a table.
After Rhino was injured, Storm started a feud with Eric Young over who was the better drinker. Young won Storm's World Beer Drinking Championship (a title unrecognised by TNA, actually a WWE Championship toy belt decorated with beer bottles) and held it for two months before losing it back to Storm in a ladder match. Following this, Rhino made his return from injury and proceeded to deliver a Gore to Storm, challenging him to an Elevation X match. As the ladder match with Eric Young had demonstrated, Storm has a (kayfabe) fear of heights, a major disadvantage in Elevation-X. After teasing a walk-out Storm did in fact compete in the match and after attempting to hide inside of the scaffold structure, Storm ended up losing the match and falling through a table in the ring below. Following a couple of weeks off to (kayfabe) heal his injuries, Storm returned on the live March 27 episode of Impact! and attacked Sting with a beer bottle. On the April 4 episode of Impact!, Matt Morgan allowed Storm to join Team Tomko making it a five on four match (until Matt Morgan himself joined Team Cage). At Lockdown, Storm, along with Team Tomko lost their match against Team Cage. Storm was then announced as one of the "Egotistical Eight" to participate in the Deuces Wild Tournament, and he would have to team up with a random partner, who was later to be revealed as his bitter rival, Sting. Storm then faced Sting in a "No Disqualification" match that Sting won. At Sacrifice, Sting and Storm lost to Team 3D.
Beer Money, Inc. and Fortune (2008–2011)
On the June 12 episode of Impact, Storm, alongside Robert Roode, challenged LAX for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Storm and Roode were successful in winning the match following a Last Call from Storm to Hernandez with a belt wrapped around his boot. Hector Guerrero (LAX's manager), who was at ringside however, informed the referee about what happened and the match was restarted. LAX ended up retaining the titles following a Border Toss from Hernandez to Storm. After the match, Storm, Roode and Jacqueline handcuffed LAX to the ring posts, and then proceeded to whip them with leather belts. The next week on Impact!, LAX challenged Storm and Roode to a Fan's Revenge Match at Victory Road for the titles. The team of Storm and Roode (now known as "Beer Money") lost to The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in one match and Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash in another match later in the July 3 episode of Impact!. At Victory Road, LAX retained the titles. At Hard Justice, Beer Money defeated LAX after Storm hit Homicide with a beer bottle and won the TNA World Tag Team Championship for the first time individually and as a team. At No Surrender Beer Money, Inc. defeated LAX to retain the titles and two weeks later on Impact! they defeated LAX in a six-person tag team match and as a result Hector Guerrero was forced to leave LAX. At Bound for Glory IV, Beer Money, Inc. won the Monster's Ball Match against Matt Morgan and Abyss, Team 3D and LAX to retain the titles. On the January 8 episode of Impact! they lost the titles to Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed, after Lethal cashed in his "Feast or Fired" briefcase. At Genesis Beer Money Inc. won back the TNA World Tag Team Championships when James Storm and Robert Roode defeated Matt Morgan and Abyss and Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed in a 3-way match. Beer Money, Inc. faced Creed and Jay Lethal at Against All Odds, after Lethal and Creed won a number one contenders match against Matt Morgan and Abyss. Eventually Beer Money retained the title after Storm hit the Last Call on Lethal. At Lockdown 2009, Beer Money lost the TNA Tag Team titles to Team 3D in a Philadelphia Street Fight, where Team 3D's IWGP Tag Team Titles were also on the line.
On May 15, 2009, Jeremy Borash announced that Cox had signed a new multi-year deal with TNA the previous day. That same month, Beer Money entered the Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament, during which they turned face. At Sacrifice, Beer Money defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) to win the tournament and earn the right to challenge Team 3D for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. At Slammiversary, Beer Money defeated Team 3D to win the World Tag Team Title for the third time. The following month at Victory Road, Beer Money lost the titles to Booker T and Scott Steiner of The Main Event Mafia. The two teams would see their feud intervene with that of Team 3D and The British Invasion, causing a four-way war that would last the next three months. Beer Money would go on to lose to the British Invasion in an IWGP Tag Team Championship match at Hard Justice, win a Lethal Lockdown match at No Surrender (teaming with Team 3D against the Mafia and the Invasion), and lose a four-way Full Metal Mayhem match at Bound for Glory for both the TNA and IWGP Tag Team Championships, with Team 3D winning the IWGP Tag Team Title and the British Invasion winning the TNA World Tag Team Title. Beer Money were permitted one last title shot the following Impact!, where they fought the British Invasion in a Six Sides of Steel match. Brutus Magnus would have his team disqualified by punching the referee, causing him and Doug Williams to retain the championship. On the November 12 episode of Impact! Beer Money defeated the British Invasion in a non-title match to join the Motor City Machineguns in the Tag Team Title match at Turning Point. At the Pay-Per-View The British Invasion managed to retain their titles after Kevin Nash nailed Storm with the TNA Global Championship belt. At Genesis Storm and Roode scored an upset victory over The Band of Kevin Nash and Syxx-Pac.
With Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff taking over TNA at the beginning of 2010, Beer Money's TV time was significantly reduced. Upon their return to Impact!, Beer Money turned heel on the March 8 episode of Impact! by first volunteering to face Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match and then defeating him after a low blow and the DWI, claiming it was the only way they were going to get noticed by the new management. Storm and Roode have since acted as Bischoff's henchmen, taking on wrestlers he's had problems with, often in two-on-one situations. At Destination X Beer Money challenged Matt Morgan and Hernandez for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, but were unable to dethrone the defending champions. At Lockdown Beer Money, along with Sting and Desmond Wolfe, represented Team Flair in the annual Lethal Lockdown match, where they were defeated by Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy). They then started a feud with the newly formed team of Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson, known collectively as The Enigmatic Assholes, who would go on to defeat them at Slammiversary VIII. On the following episode of Impact! Ric Flair, who had aligned himself with Storm, Roode, A.J. Styles, Desmond Wolfe and Kazarian, announced that he would reform the Four Horsemen under the new name Fourtune, stating that each of them would have to earn their spots in the group and that in order for Storm and Roode to earn their spots, they needed to become the Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard of the group. After the TNA World Tag Team Championship was vacated in June, Beer Money entered a four–team, two–week-long tournament to decide who would get to face The Motor City Machine Guns for the titles at Victory Road. Beer Money advanced to the title match at the pay-per-view by defeating Team 3D and Ink Inc. (Jesse Neal and Shannon Moore). At Victory Road Beer Money was defeated by the Motor City Machine Guns in the match for the World Tag Team Championship. After Victory Road Beer Money entered a Best of Five Series with the Motor City Machine Guns, contested for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Beer Money won the first two matches, a ladder match and a Street Fight, after knocking their opponents out with beer bottles. On the July 29 episode of Impact!, Ric Flair announced that Storm and Roode, who were just one victory away from becoming four–time TNA World Tag Team Champions, had earned the right to join himself, Styles and Kazarian to become the final two members of Fourtune. However, Shelley and Sabin came back to win the two following matches in the Best of Five Series, a steel cage match and an Ultimate X match, to even the score to 2–2 and set up a deciding match for the August 12 episode of Impact!. On the August 12 episode of Impact! Beer Money, Inc. was defeated in a Two Out of Three Falls match and as a result lost the Best of Five Series 2–3. Later that night Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan were added to Fourtune, as the stable attacked EV 2.0, a stable consisting of former Extreme Championship Wrestling performers. In the weeks leading to Bound for Glory, the stable's name was tweaked to Fortune to represent the expansion in the number of members in the group. At Bound for Glory Storm, Roode, Styles, Kazarian and Morgan were defeated in a Lethal Lockdown match by EV 2.0 members Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Rhino, Sabu and Stevie Richards. On the following episode of Impact! Fortune formed an alliance with Hulk Hogan's and Eric Bischoff's new stable, Immortal. At Turning Point Fortune defeated EV 2.0 in a ten-man tag team match and, as a result, EV 2.0's Sabu was released from TNA. The following month at Final Resolution, Storm and Roode returned to the TNA World Tag Team Championship picture by defeating Ink Inc. in a number one contender's match. On January 9, 2011, at Genesis, Beer Money, Inc. defeated the Motor City Machine Guns to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship for the fourth time.
On the February 3 episode of Impact!, Fortune turned face by attacking Immortal, when they interfered in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy. Ric Flair, who did not take part in Fortune's turn due being out with a torn rotator cuff, returned at the February 14 tapings of the February 17 episode of Impact!, turning on Fortune and jumping to Immortal. On April 17 at Lockdown, Storm, Roode, Kazarian and Christopher Daniels, who replaced an injured A.J. Styles, defeated Immortal representatives Ric Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray and Matt Hardy in a Lethal Lockdown match. The following month at Sacrifice, Beer Money, Inc. successfully defended the TNA World Tag Team Championship against Immortal representatives Matt Hardy and Chris Harris, who had made his surprise return to TNA on the previous episode of Impact!. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Immortal assaulted Roode, sidelining him with a storyline shoulder injury. Two weeks later, Eric Bischoff attempted to strip Beer Money, Inc. of their TNA World Tag Team Championship due to Roode's injury, but was interrupted by the champions' former rival Alex Shelley, who agreed to take Roode's spot in the title defense against the British Invasion at Slammiversary IX. At the pay-per-view, Storm and Shelley were successful in their title defense. Roode made his in-ring return on the June 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, in a tag team match, where he and Storm were defeated by Crimson and Matt Morgan. On July 13, Beer Money, Inc. became the longest reigning TNA World Tag Team Champions in the title's history, breaking the previous record of 184 days set by A.J. Styles and Tomko in 2007. On August 7 at Hardcore Justice, Beer Money, Inc. successfully defended the TNA World Tag Team Championship against Mexican America (Anarquia and Hernandez). Two days later, at the tapings of the August 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, Mexican America defeated Beer Money, Inc. in a rematch, following interference from Jeff Jarrett, to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship, ending Storm's and Roode's record-setting reign at 212 days.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion (2011–2013)
From June to September, Storm was one of the twelve participants in the Bound for Glory Series to determine the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. When the group stage of the tournament concluded, Storm finished in the top four and thus advanced to the finals at No Surrender along with Robert Roode, Bully Ray and Gunner. On September 11 at No Surrender, Storm was disqualified in his match against Bully Ray, eliminating him from the tournament. After Roode, who went on to win the tournament, had failed to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory, Storm received his shot at the title and on October 18 at the tapings of the October 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeated Angle to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Just eight days later, at the tapings of the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm lost the title to Bobby Roode, after he used Storm's own beer bottle against him, turning heel in the process and effectively dissolving Beer Money, Inc. Storm and Roode had a rematch for the title the following week. As a result of a backstage attack, Storm came in to the match bleeding and eventually lost, after passing out due to blood loss. On the November 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm was attacked by the returning Kurt Angle, who in the process revealed that he had also attacked him prior to the previous week's title match. On December 11 at Final Resolution, Storm defeated Angle in a singles match. On January 8, 2012, at Genesis, Storm was defeated by Angle in a rematch. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated Angle to become the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. However, the following week Storm was entered into another number one contender's match with Jeff Hardy, which ended in a no contest, following interference from Bully Ray and Bobby Roode. On February 12 at Against All Odds, Storm was unable to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Roode in a four-way match, which also included Bully Ray and Jeff Hardy. On the February 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated Bully Ray to become the number one contender to Roode's TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Lockdown. On March 18 at Victory Road, Storm defeated Bully Ray in a rematch to retain his spot as the number one contender. On April 15 at Lockdown, Storm failed to regain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match, after accidentally superkicking Roode out of the cage for the win.
After a two-month break from TNA, Storm returned on June 10 at Slammiversary, answering Crimson's open challenge, defeating him in a singles match and ending his undefeated streak in TNA. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm entered the 2012 Bound for Glory Series to get another shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating ten other men to win a gauntlet match and take the early lead in the tournament. On the August 30 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm wrestled his final group stage match and, for the second year in a row, finished in the top four, advancing to the finals of the tournament. On September 9 at No Surrender, Storm was eliminated from the tournament, after losing to Bully Ray in his semifinal match, following interference from Bobby Roode. On the September 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm challenged Roode to a match as part of the Open Fight Night. The match ended in a no contest, when referee Brian Hebner was unable control the two brawling rivals. The rivalry between Storm and Roode culminated on October 14 at Bound for Glory in a street fight, with King Mo serving as the special guest enforcer, which was won by Storm. On November 11 at Turning Point, Storm defeated A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode in a three-way match to become number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. However, on the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm lost his number one contendership to Roode.
On December 9 at Final Resolution, Storm defeated Kazarian in a singles match, and again on the January 3, 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, beginning a rivalry with him and Christopher Daniels. On January 13 at Genesis, Storm was defeated by Daniels in a number one contenders match for the World Heavyweight Championship. On March 10 at Lockdown, Team TNA, consisting of Storm, Eric Young, Magnus, Samoa Joe, and Sting defeated the Aces & Eights, consisting of Devon, DOC, Garett Bischoff, Mike Knox, and Mr. Anderson in a Lethal Lockdown match. On the March 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated former rival Christopher Daniels in a singles match. Afterwards, he was attacked by both Daniels and Kazarian before being saved and ultimately assaulted by the returning A. J. Styles. In the following weeks, Storm demanded Styles to explain his actions, but Styles remained mute. Storm finally faced Styles in singles competition on the April 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Styles won via submission. On April 26, 2013, Storm unsuccessfully challenged Devon for the TNA Television Championship during a house show in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Teaming and feuding with Gunner (2013–2014)
On the May 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm was chosen as the special guest referee for a number one contenders match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship between Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Bobby Roode and Austin Aries; the match ended in a no contest after Storm struck Aries and Daniels with the Last Call before walking out on the match. Afterwards, Storm was attacked by both teams backstage. The following week, Storm announced that at Slammiversary, he and a partner of his choosing would face Bad Influence, Aries and Roode, and the World Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez in a four-way elimination match for the title. On the May 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm chose the returning Gunner as his partner. On June 2 at the pay-per-view, Storm and Gunner won the match by last eliminating Roode and Aries to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship, giving Storm his fifth individual reign. Storm and Gunner returned on the August 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, teaming up with ODB to defeat the BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) and Mickie James in a six-person mixed tag team match. On October 20 at Bound for Glory, Gunner and Storm lost the TNA World Tag Team Championship to The BroMans in their first title defense, ending their reign at 140 days. Storm and Gunner received their rematch on the October 31 episode of Impact Wrestling, but were again defeated by the Bro-Mans.
After losing the TNA World Tag Team Championships, Storm began a feud with Gunner when Gunner pulled the Feast or Fired briefcase from Storm, which contained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match. On the January 2nd episode of Impact Wrestling, for the first time in over 2 years, Storm teamed with his former Beer Money partner, Bobby Roode, to defeat Gunner and Kurt Angle in a tag team match. After the match, Storm further taunted Gunner. On the January 30th episode of Impact Wrestling, James Storm apologized to Gunner for his previous actions, and later won a tag team match that night with Gunner against Bad Influence. On the February 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm cost Gunner his Feast or Fired match against Magnus for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, thus Storm turning heel in the process for the first time as a singles wrestler since 2006. On March 9 at Lockdown, Gunner defeated James Storm in a steel cage Last Man Standing match. On the March 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, after Storm berated Gunner's father, Gunner attacked Storm, but Storm managed to handcuff him to the middle rope and threatened Gunner's father at ringside. Storm walked away, but returned to smash a beer bottle over Gunner's father's head. On March 27, both men fought in a no disqualification, no countout match were Gunner was victorious. On April 27 at Sacrifice Gunner defeated James Storm in an I Quit match.
On May 1, 2014, Mr. Anderson attacked James Storm after Storm lost to Willow - this was retaliation for Storm costing Anderson a World title opportunity earlier in the night when Storm tried to attack Anderson's opponent Gunner and inadvertently hit Anderson. On May 22, Mr. Anderson challenged Storm to a drinking contest (drinking non-alcoholic beer, while Storm was drinking regular beer), then went on to attack him outside the bar. On the June 5 episode of Impact, Anderson impersonated Storm, with Storm's retro entrance music, then attacked Storm after he refused to grant him a match. After Anderson lost the brawl, the match was set for the PPV. At Slammiversary, Storm lost to Mr. Anderson. But in a rematch on June 26, 2014 on Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated Andreson after reversing the Mic Check in a Last Call.
The Revolution, feud with Magnus (2014–2015)
In June 2014, Storm would begin a program where he would confront, and verbally run down Sanada. Following Sanada's loss of the X-Division Championship to Austin Aries, Storm would confront Sanada backstage, berate Sanada's mentor The Great Muta, while slapping him in the face as a way to break Sanada down, multiple weeks in a row. On the July 24th, 2014 edition of Impact, Storm would confront The Great Muta, calling him a fraud, and proclaim himself to be "The Legend" (which in the following weeks replaced his longtime nickname of "The Cowboy"). After spitting beer in Muta's face, Sanada would run Storm out of the ring, before attacking Muta himself with a steel chair, and bowing to Storm, revealing an unknown alliance between them. The following week Storm would proclaim himself as Sanada's new mentor, and master. In the following weeks, TNA would air vignettes of Storm having a cult like hold over Sanada, portraying Storm having him tied up, breaking him down physically and mentally, and proclaiming that "The Revolution is coming". On the August 27 Impact Wrestling, Sanada accompanied by Storm debuted the new ring name "The Great Sanada" and a look inspired by The Great Muta, before defeating Austin Aries with help from Storm. On the September 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm and Sanada abducted former X Division Champion Manik following his loss in a 6-man #1 Contendership match for the X Division Championship. On the following Impact, Storm was shown initiating Manik, much like he did Sanada into his new faction. On the September 17th, 2014 edition of Impact Wrestling, Storm and The Great Sanada attacked X Division Champion Samoa Joe, and were joined by Manik, now sporting an all new look, joining Storm's group. On the October 8th, 2014 edition of Impact Wrestling it was announced that James Storm and The Great Sanada would battle The Great Muta and Tajiri in the main event of Bound for Glory. This marked James Storm's first appearance in the Bound For Glory main event, as well as the first time in company history that the main event was not contested for the company's World Heavyweight Championship. At Bound For Glory, Storm and The Great Sanada were defeated by Tajiri and The Great Muta. After the match Manik joined in attacking Muta until Team 3D made the save.
Following Bound For Glory, the stable, now known as The Revolution began to recruit members of the TNA roster, beginning with one half of the World Tag Team Champions Davey Richards. After teasing tension between Richards and his partner Eddie Edwards, on the November 12th, 2014 edition of Impact Wrestling, The Revolution demanded Davey's decision. When Davey turned down the Revolution's offer to join, they would attack The Wolves, leaving them vulnerable for Storm to bring out his forgotten Feast or Fired Briefcase, guaranteeing him a Tag Team Championship opportunity, anytime, anyplace. In a further twist, Abyss would reveal himself as Storm's partner, and the newest pledge to The Revolution, subsequently defeating The Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Championships, making Storm a record six-time champion. On January 30, 2015, The Revolution lost the titles against The Wolves. On April 3, 2015, Storm seemingly broke character and confronted Bram when he attempted to attack Mickie James with a steel chair during Bram's match against Magnus, hinting a possible face turn. However, Magnus and Mickie James confronted Storm after the match, to which Storm replied he was merely looking out for an old friend, hinting he was still a heel. However, this all turned out to be a ruse, as Storm wanted Mickie James to join his Revolution stable. She refused, and security cameras recorded him nudging her onto train tracks, causing a concussion, and fully retaining his status as a heel. Storm defeated Magnus at Slammiversary in a non-sanctioned match. Storm's contract with TNA expired on June 30, but he continued making appearances for the promotion until July 30, 2015 under a pay-per-appearance deal. During October and November (taped in July, before his departure), he participated in the TNA World Title Series. Storm ended third of his block, failing into advance to the finals.
Japan (2009–2011, 2017)
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2009–2011)
Through TNA's working relationships with various Japanese promotions, Storm has competed in Japan numerous times, beginning in 2009 when he and Roode, as Beer Money, debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), defeating Legend (Akira and Masahiro Chono). They returned to New Japan in October 2010, first defeating Bad Intentions (Karl Anderson and Giant Bernard), and then No Limit (Tetsuya Naito and Yujiro Takahashi). Storm and Roode made their debuts in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V]], taking part in a three-way tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, won by Bad Intentions.
Pro Wrestling Noah (2017)
World Wrestling Entertainment
Cox, retaining his James Storm name and persona, debuted in WWE's developmental branch WWE NXT at the October 8 tapings (Taped for the October 21 episode), defeating Danny Burch. Storm also appeared on the December 2 episode defeating Adam Rose.
TNA Return and Beer Money reunion (2016-2017)
On January 5, 2016, Storm returned to TNA, helping his long-time tag team partner Bobby Roode fight off Eric Young and Bram, before reuniting as Beer Money, after Storm telling Roode that he wanted to "get back to having fun" and drink beer with him, turning Storm face in the process. At TNA One Night Only, Beer Money defeated Eric Young and Bram and once again at Lockdown in a Six Sides of Steel match, thus ending the feud. On the January 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, James Storm grabbed the TNA World Tag Team Championship briefcase during the Feast or Fired match. On February 9, 2016, Beer Money attempted to cash in their title shot against current champions The Wolves, but in their attempt to cash in, Decay (Abyss, Crazzy Steve, Rosemary) stopped them and mysteriously asked them to join their path of Decay. They eventually challenged the group to a match, but it ended in disqualification when Abyss pulled the referee out of the ring and began choking him. After the match, Crazzy Steve lowblowed Roode. Beer Money cashed in their Feast or Fired contract and defeated The Wolves to re-capture the titles on the March 8 episode of Impact Wrestling. They successfully retained their titles against The BroMans on the March 22 episode of Impact Wrestling and against Decay, The BroMans and Eric Young and Bram on the April 12 episode of Impact Wrestling. Their feud against Decay culminated at Sacrifice in a Valley of Shadow match, which Decay won, winning the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
On the May 10 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm announced that he would return to singles competition. On the May 31 episode on Impact Wrestling, Storm was defeated by Mike Bennett. At Slammiversary he challenged and defeated Braxton Sutter. On the June 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm was the guest of the Eli Drake segment Fact of Life, who resulted by Storm hitting Drake with a Superkick. On the July 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated Eli Drake by disqualification, and failed to win the TNA King of the Mountain Championship. However, on the August 4 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm defeated Eli Drake to win the TNA King of the Mountain Championship. On August 11, he lost the King of the Mountain Championship in a Titles vs. Title Match against Lashley. The following week on Impact Wrestling, Storm called the official for that match Brian Hebner to the ring to show him how he missed a three-count on Lashley that should have amounted to Storm winning all the titles instead, while complaining to Hebner, TNA President Billy Corgan came down to the ring and interjected himself into the discussion with Storm. Corgan insulted Storm and suggested that Storm "may not be able to win the big one." This set Storm off and he confronted and cornered Corgan, threatening to use Corgan to satisfy his bucket list goal of "kicking a rockstar's ass". Storm then left the ring and on the way up the ramp, Corgan yelled "James Storm is suspended indefinitely". Although unofficial, on September 15, 2016, he announced he was a free agent.
Leader of the DCC (2016–2017)
In October, Storm turned heel when he was revealed as one of the masked wrestlers of the new group known as the Death Crew Council (DCC). The DCC made their Impact Zone debut on the October 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, when they attacked The Tribunal, following the latter's loss to TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Broken Hardys. The DCC continued their assault on TNA wrestlers, attacking Robbie E and Grado on the October 27 episode of Impact Wrestling. On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, the DCC attacked the TNA World Tag Team Champions, The Hardys. As the faction was leaving, the Hardy's challenged them to an immediate match, which devolved into a backstage brawl during which Matt Hardy suffered amnesia after being knocked off a forklift by one of the DCC members. The DCC unmasked themselves the following Impact episode after laying out TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eddie Edwards following his successful title defense against Eli Drake. On the November 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, the DCC defeated Edwards and Brother Nero in a No Disqualification 3-on-2 handicap match. On December 15, Storm would appear at the Hardy Compound as a participant in the Tag Team Apocalypto match for Total Nonstop Deletion. The DCC would be eliminated by Decay, when a man whom Decay assault during "Delete or Decay" claimed to be Storm's partner and was knocked unconscious by Crazzy Steve and pinned by Abyss.
On the January 5, 2017 episode of Impact Wrestling, the DCC attacked Decay after their victory over The Helms Dynasty, when Storm and Bram ambushed them by smashing beer bottles over Abyss and Crazzy Steve's heads, with Bram issuing a threat to Rosemary afterwards. On the January 6 One Night Only: Live! PPV, Abyss and Crazzy Steve would ambush the DCC after Storm's victory over Jessie Godderz, misting Storm and Bram, incapacitating them while Abyss laid out Kingston with a chokeslam. On the February 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, the DCC defeated Decay in a Fall Count Anywhere match. Later, they attacked Ethan Carter III after his match against Eli Drake, only for attacked him and his bodyguard Tyrus after. On the February 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, the DCC defeated Eli Drake and Tyrus in a handicap match.
On March 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, Bram and Kingston were quickly defeated by Impact new tag-team Reno SCUM. After the match, the DCC argued with each other but were quickly reconciled and leaving the ring together. On the March 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, Storm and Bram were defeated by LAX after Kingston unintentionally hit Storm with a bottle. After the match, Storm argued with Kingston and leave the ring without the rest of his team.
Championship pursuits (2017)
On March 4, 2017 Storm interrupted Ethan Carter III saying that he wanted a World title shot. The next week Storm was interrupted by Eddie Kingston and Bram as Kingston spit in Storm's face, and Storm laid both guys out with superkicks, turning him face.
On November 9, 2017, Storm announced his departure from Impact Wrestling.
Independent circuit (2017-present)
Storm made his Tried-N-True Pro Wrestling debut on November 17 at TNT Apocalypse in a match won by Bobby Lashley. Accepting a booking in his home state of Tennessee, Storm debuted on December 10 in the newly-formed Aro Lucha where he defeated Trey Miguel. On December 23, Storm debuted in Maverick Pro Wrestling where he wrestled Kevin Kross to crown a new MPW Championship.
On January 13, 2018, Storm debuted in American Championship Entertainment at ACE Redemption In Bogota where he defeated Stockade. On January 19, Storm returned to Aro Lucha to team with fellow WWE alumni Carlito in a tag match against fellow WWE alumni Juventud Guerrera & Super Crazy. In his third appearance in Aro Lucha, Storm wrestled in a Three-Way match against Low Ki and Carlito.
Storm made his Insane Championship Wrestling debut on February 10 at ICW 7th Annual Square Go! where he defeated Jack Jester in a Falls Count Anywhere #1 Contendership match for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship. During the February 12 ICW Fight Club Tapings, Storm challenged BT Gunn for the ICW World Heavyweight and ICW Zero-G Championships but was unsuccessful in winning the titles.
Storm's next debut was in Atomic Wrestling Entertainment on March 16 at AWE Shamrock N' Brawl where his title match against fellow Impact Wrestling alumni Jesse Neal for the AWE Heavyweight Championship ended in double-disqualification, preventing Neal from losing the title to Storm. Eight nights later on March 24, Storm debuted in North Carolina Wrestling Association at to join in the 10th Annual Ivan Koloff Tag Team Tournament, in a Three-Way match against CW Anderson for the NCWA Heavyweight Title held by former WCW star Shane Douglas. Douglas was able to retain his title against Storm and Anderson. On April 20, Storm returned to Atomic Wrestling Entertainment at AWE V For Victory 2 in a Three-Way tag title match teaming with Jesse Neal to challenge Sawyer Fulton & Vertigo Rivera and the defending AWE Tag Team Champions Jason Dugan & Rey Xion, only to see Fulton and Rivera emerge the new Tag Team Champions.
National Wrestling Alliance (2019-present)
In 2011, Cox starred in Montgomery Gentry's music video "Longnecks & Rednecks" and later used it as his entrance video and theme song.
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Cox has a daughter, Makayla born in 2005. He married Dani McEntee on March 30, 2011. Their first child together, Mason James, was born on January 20, 2012.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "The Bearded Outlaw"
- "The (Tennessee) Cowboy"
- "A Creek Swimming, Moonshine Sipping, Beer Drinking, Deer Skinning, Johnny Cash Listening, S.O.B. from Middle Tennessee"
- Tag teams and stables
- Entrance themes
- "Guilty" by Dale Oliver (November 5, 2003 – December 16, 2006; used as a member of America's Most Wanted)
- "Sorry About Your Damn Luck" by Dale Oliver & Serg Salinas (January 11, 2007 – June 15, 2008)
- "Take A Fall" by Dale Oliver & Serg Salinas (August 16, 2009 – November 3, 2011; January 5, 2016 – March 19, 2016; used as a member of Beer Money Inc.)
- "Fortune 4" by Dale Oliver (July 22, 2010 – December 22, 2011; used while part of Fortune)
- "Longnecks and Rednecks" by Dale Oliver & Serg Salinas (November 10, 2011 – March 6, 2014, May 10, 2016 – November 4, 2016)
- "Cut You Down" by Dale Oliver & Serg Salinas (March 9, 2014 – June 28, 2015)
- "Game Up" by It's A Date, Inc. (NXT; October 8, 2015 – December 2, 2015)
- "When the Smoke Clears" by Dale Oliver, Ducky Medlock and Bigg Vinny Mack (November 17, 2016 – March 23, 2017; used as a member of the Death Crew Council)
- "Longnecks and Rednecks" by Dale Oliver, Bucky Covington and Bigg Vinny Mack (April 6, 2017 – January 4, 2018)
Championships and accomplishments
- Frontier Elite Wrestling
- FEW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Chris Harris
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (7 times) - with Chris Harris (6), Christopher Daniels (1)
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- TNA World Tag Team Championship (7 times) - with Robert Roode (5) Gunner (1) Abyss (1)
- TNA King Of The Mountain Championship (1 time)
- TNA World Beer Drinking Championship (2 time)
- Asylum Alliance Tag Team Tournament (2003) - with Chris Harris
- Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament (2009) - with Robert Roode
- TNA Tag Team Championship Series (2010) - Robert Roode
- TNA Joker's Wild (2013)
- TNA World Cup of Wrestling (2013) - with Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Kenny King and Mickie James
- Match of the Year (2004) with Chris Harris vs Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper at Turning Point
- Tag Team of the Yeay (2003-2004) - with Chris Harris
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Tag Team of the Year (2005) - with Chris Harris
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (2006) TNA Reverse Battle Royal on TNA Impact!
- Worst worked Match of the Year (2007 vs Chris Harris at Lockdown