America's Most Wanted (professional wrestling)

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America's Most Wanted
Tag team
Members Chris Harris[1]
James Storm[1]
Gail Kim (valet)
Name(s) America's Most Wanted (AMW)[1]
Heights 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Harris
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) - Storm
Combined
weight
465 lb (211 kg)
Debut June 26, 2002[1][2]
Disbanded December 14, 2006[1][3]

America's Most Wanted (usually shortened to AMW) was a professional wrestling tag team consisting of "Wildcat" Chris Harris and "Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm, who competed in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). They were managed in the later stage of their pairing by Gail Kim.[1]

The team became one of the best known tag teams in TNA's history, legitimately credited with putting the TNA tag team division on the map, and engaging in many feuds with such teams as The Disciples of The New Church, The Naturals, Team Canada, 3Live Kru, Triple X (with whom they had NWA's Match of the Year in 2004) and Team 3D. Chris Harris and James Storm are 7-Time NWA World Tag Team Champions (6 times together and once apiece with a different partner), a record for those championships

History[edit]

Before the tag team was formed, James Storm and Chris Harris were occasional rivals on the independent circuit. They wrestled each other in the TNA tryout show, and did so well that that show alone got them jobs at TNA. In the DVD The History of TNA: Year 1, Chris Harris remembers being backstage after the match, and TNA founder Jeff Jarrett winked at him and told him he would be in touch. They were brought together at NWA:TNA PPV on June 26, 2002, when another tag team called The Dupps refused to fight the Rainbow Express (Lenny and Bruce). Storm and Harris won the match, and joined forces from then on.[2]

On September 18, NWA:TNA PPV, AMW participated in a 20-man Gauntlet for the Gold match for the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship. AMW and Disciples of The New Church (Brian Lee and Slash) were the finalists of this Gauntlet and then a tag team match began for the vacant titles. AMW went on to win the match and their first NWA World Tag Team Championship.[4] They began feuding with Lee and Slash and had a dominant reign as they defended the titles against almost all the teams of TNA. On the November 13 PPV, they dropped the titles to Lee and Slash.[1][5] They regained the titles, however, on the January 8, 2003 PPV, by defeating Disciples of The New Church.[1][4][6]

Two weeks later, they lost the titles to Triple X (Low Ki and Elix Skipper).[1][7] On March 26, the problems started between AMW because Harris was doing a singles match.[1][8] On April 9, it was rumored that Harris might join Sports Entertainment Xtreme (S.E.X.) because Harris was found in the S.E.X. locker room.[1][9] The tensions continued as Storm walked out on Harris on April 23 during a match against Elix Skipper and Christopher Daniels.[1][10] The duo faced each other in a singles match on May 7 which Storm won. After the match, Storm teased the breakup and then shook hands with Harris.[1][11] Harris teamed up with Chris Sabin in the number one contenders' Anarchy Alliance tag team tournament with the winners getting a title shot at the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][12] Harris and Sabin qualified in the first round, but in the second round, Harris' partner James Storm replaced Sabin and the duo won the second round match. After the match, Harris refused to join S.E.X. and reaffirmed his partnership with Storm.[1][13] On June 11, AMW won the Anarchy Alliance tournament by defeating David Young and Tracy Brookshaw in the finals and getting themselves a title shot at the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][14]

On June 25, they finally defeated Triple X in a great steel cage match to win their third NWA World Tag Team Championship. This was a historic match in the history of TNA's tag team division and AMW would become popular.[1][4][15] They began feuding with the team of Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger against whom they had two title defenses in a row.[1][16][17] On the August 20 PPV, they lost a non-title match Bullrope match to Diamond and Swinger which earned the duo a tag title match.[1][18] The next week, AMW dropped the titles to Diamond and Swinger.[1][19]

In early 2004, they feuded with Red Shirt Security (Kevin Northcutt and Legend) after AMW defeated New York Connection (Glen Gilberti and David Young).[1][20] On the January 21 PPV, they lost to Red Shirt Security in a number one contender's tag team match.[1][21] On June 4 edition of Impact!, AMW defeated Kid Kash and Dallas to win their fourth NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][4][22] They defended the titles against many teams during their fourth reign before losing the titles to The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas) on July 7 PPV in 12 seconds.[1][23] Two weeks later, they faced Naturals in a Six Sides of Steel match for the titles but lost the match.[1][24]

They began feuding with Naturals while they also feuded with Triple X. On September 1, Naturals defeated Triple X and AMW in a triple threat tag team match to retain the tag titles.[1][25] The next week, Storm wasn't cleared to wrestle while Christopher Daniels was injured, so AMW's Harris teamed up with Triple X's Elix Skipper to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Naturals.[1][4][26] On September 24 edition of Impact!, Storm teamed up with Daniels to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][4][27] They ended up losing the titles to Team Canada (Bobby Roode and Eric Young) on October 15 edition of Impact!.[1][28] AMW entered a feud with Triple X. They defeated them in an Elimination Last Man Standing match at Victory Road 2004. After that, they agreed to a Six Sides of Steel match at Turning Point 2004 where the losing team would separate. AMW won the grueling match, ending Triple X and winning the feud once and for all.[1][29][30]

At Final Resolution 2005, they defeated Team Canada to win their fifth NWA World Tag Team Championship.[1][4][31] They lost the titles to The Naturals on April 29, 2005 edition of Impact!.[1][32] At Hard Justice 2005, they lost to the Naturals in a rematch for the titles.[33]

At Unbreakable, AMW took part in a fatal four way tag team elimination match challenging The Naturals for the tag team titles, which also involved Team Canada and the team of Johnny Candido and Alex Shelley.[1][34] On September 15, 2005, AMW turned into a villain by siding with Jeff Jarrett and Team Canada, helping Jarrett win back the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Raven in Canada.[1] The team then served as enforcers and backup for Jeff Jarrett and Gail Kim. They had also sparked up a rivalry with Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon), assaulting them and leaving them bloody in the ring when they debuted and staging a mock funeral for their careers afterwards.[1] At Genesis 2005, Jarrett and AMW lost to Team 3D and Rhino.[1][35] At Turning Point 2005, they lost to Team 3D in a Tables match.[1][36] After Team 3D defeated AMW in non-title matches, they got a title shot at Final Resolution 2006, which AMW won and retained the titles.[1][37]

AMW's sixth and final reign as the NWA Tag Team Champions was also the longest reign in the belt's history since its revived inception in 1998. They became the longest-reigning NWA World Tag Team Champions in TNA history on March 29, 2006, surpassing The Naturals reign of 24 weeks. In the summer of 2006, they feuded with A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels. They successfully defended the titles against Styles and Daniels at Sacrifice 2006,[1][38] before dropping the titles to them at Slammiversary 2006.[1][39] After losing the belts they once again turned into fan favorites and started feuding with The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) in the fall of the year. At Genesis 2006, they unsuccessfully challenged LAX for the NWA Tag Team Championship.[1][40] At Turning Point 2006, AMW lost a flag match to LAX. When Storm hit Homicide with a beer bottle, glass flew into the eyes of Harris. Storm blamed the loss on Harris.[1][41] AMW got a re-match on the December 14, 2006 edition of Impact! in a "Titles vs. Team" match with the stipulation that AMW would have to split up if they lost. They lost after Storm deliberately hit Harris with a beer bottle.[3]

Split and aftermath[edit]

Storm and Harris feuded soon afterwards, ending AMW. Afterwards, Gail left and was replaced by Jackie Moore as Storm's manager. Storm officially turned heel and would later begin teaming with former Team Canada member Robert Roode to form "Beer Money, Inc." with Jackie Moore as their manager and winning the TNA World Tag Team Championship together four times. Harris ended up departing TNA and joined rival promotion World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling on its ECW brand under the name Braden Walker before being released from his WWE contract only two weeks later. Kim went on to headline TNA's Women's Division by becoming the inaugural TNA Knockouts Champion before parting ways with TNA. Since then, Harris has been wrestling on the independent circuit while Gail Kim returned to WWE for a time before rejoining TNA's Women's Division. On May 12, 2011, Harris returned to TNA as a member of the heel group Immortal and tag team partner of Matt Hardy, challenging Beer Money, Inc. for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, but was pinned after receiving AMW's signature move, the Death Sentence. On October 20th, 2011, James Storm defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time.[42]

In wrestling[edit]

AMW during a house show.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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