James Allen Cox (born June 1, 1977) is an American professional wrestler who competes under the ring name “The Cowboy” James Storm. Since 2002, Storm has been employed by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he, along with A.J. Styles and Jeff Jarrett, is one of three wrestlers to have worked continuously for the promotion since its first broadcast in June of that year.
Primarily a tag team wrestler, Storm has held 11 tag team championships during his time with TNA, winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship seven times and the TNA World Tag Team Championship four times, as a member of the tag teams America’s Most Wanted, alongside “Wildcat” Chris Harris, and Beer Money, Inc., alongside Bobby Roode. In October 2011, Storm won his first World Title, when he defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
On March 10, 2013 atÂ Lockdown, Team TNA, consisting of Storm, Eric Young, Magnus, Samoa Joe, and Sting defeated theÂ Aces & Eights, consisting of Devon,Â DOC,Â Garett Bischoff,Â Mike Knox, and Mr. Anderson in a Lethal Lockdown match.Â On the March 14 episode ofÂ 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.Â In the following weeks, Storm demanded Styles to explain his actions, but Styles remained mute.Â Storm finally faced Styles in singles competition on the April 18 episode ofÂ Impact Wrestling, where Styles won via submission.
On the May 9 episode ofÂ Impact Wrestling, Storm was chosen as the special guest referee for a number one contenders match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship betweenÂ Bad InfluenceÂ (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) andAustin AriesÂ and Bobby Roode; the match ended in a no contest after Storm superkicked Aries and Daniels then walked out on the match. Afterwards, Storm was attacked by both teams backstage.Â The following week, Storm announced that atÂ Slammiversary XI, Storm and a partner of his choosing would face Bad Influence, Aries and Roode, and Tag Team ChampionsÂ Chavo Guerrero, Jr.Â and Hernandez in a four-way elimination match for the titles.Â On the May 23 episode ofÂ Impact Wrestling, Storm chose the returning Gunner as his partner.