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YouTube Finds: One for the Road Dogg

December 14th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Brian “Jesse” James, son of the legendary Bob Armstrong, was easily one of the funniest guys in the Memphis wrestling dressing rooms in the mid-’90s. (He was also one hell of a dancer. Or not.) Very quick-witted, he and Jamie Dundee would often have the boys in stitches with their verbal jousting with each other as well as their cracks about their fellow wrestlers. (And given the type of talent we were stuck working with in the USWA at that time, believe me, James and Dundee had plenty of material.)

In early ’96, James and Tracy Smothers were the prized tag team of B & B Enterprises (Bowden and Baxter), on top of the world (OK, maybe just the  greater Memphis area and the Missouri Boothill) as USWA tag champions. B & B stockholders were happy, we barely missed the Fortune 500 (#502) the previous year, and employee morale was higher than Jake Roberts.

Then I go off to New Orleans for one week to celebrate Mardi Gras, and everything goes to hell in a handbasket. While I’m drinking beers and knocking back Jell-O shots (grape!) on Bourbon Street, Brandon Baxter’s interference backfires (this guy clearly didn’t grow up watching the great ones like Hart and Cornette like I did) and James is pinned to lose the belts…on live TV.

I return to the studio the following week, hungover worse than Don Draper and still wearing my Mardi Gras beads, to set things straight and attempt to get the company back on track. (Incidentally, I think I’m the only manager in history to choke someone with Mardi Gras beads on a wrestling show.) Don’t feel too sorry for James. He left B & B for much, much greener pastures as the Road Dogg as part of Degeneration X during the WWF’s red-hot Attitude Era. Of course, he eventually wound up in TNA, which was quite possibly an even more inept organization than B & B ever dreamed. B & B. of course, went down in flames in Enron-like fashion after years of excess, deceit and cooked books–all I can say is that I received some really bad tax advice from Irwin R. Shyster.

  1. David
    December 15th, 2010 at 16:03 | #1

    Scott, I’d love to hear some behind the scenes comments about Randy Hales… no matter how many times I see him, I’m still amazed that anyone would allow him to be on camera, much less hold any authority. He comes across as inept.

  2. December 16th, 2010 at 11:56 | #2

    Did Brandon Baxter say to Lance Russell after the attack commenced that Jesse was a “f**kin’ loser” at about 2:51?

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