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James Harrison
Birth name James Steven Harrison
Born (1996-02-06)February 6, 1996 (age 24)
Burton upon Trent, England
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse(s) Alexa Bliss (m. 2015)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) James Harrison
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Billed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Billed from Burton upon Trent, England
Trained by Preston City Wrestling
Debut February 23, 2009

James Steven Harrison MBE (born February 6, 1996) is an English professional wrestler who is signed to the WWE performing on the Raw brand, where he is the current WWE Universal Championship in his first reign, he also holds the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship under the freebird rule alongside Drew McIntyre, Tyler Breeze and Neville in his third reign. At 1206+ days, Harrison's ongoing reign is the longest in the titles history and it is the longest world title reign in the modern era. Harrison has gone on to be praised by critics for his character work mainly around his promo ability and using unorthodox heel techniques and is often considered one of the best modern heels and one of the best of all-time. In 2010 Harrison founded The Resistance stable on the UK independent circuit alongside Neville, then Pac before it grew in NXT and WWE and has become one of the most successful and influential stables on the modern era, the group are often considered the one constant shining light in a company whose storylines are constantly up and down. He is often considered one of the best in the world and has earned multiple 5 star ratings from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, including four which were scored higher that five stars.

Over the course of his WWE career Harrison has won a total of six championships which include the longest reigns with both the Universal and Raw Tag Team Championships. He is also the first British and youngest (20) World Champion in WWE history. Aside from this Harrison has won numerous championships on the independent circuit, most notably in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. In 2018 Harrison was awarded an MBE following his charitable work throughout the United States.

Professional Wrestling Career[edit]

United Kingdom (2009–2011)[edit]

US Independent Circuit (2011–2012)[edit]

NXT (2012–14)[edit]

Harrison debuted on NXT television on June 20, 2013 teaming up with Adrian Neville to face Luke Harper and Erick Rowan for the NXT Tag Team Championship, which they won after Neville pinned Harper after a Red Arrow. The following week they faced Enzo and Cass in their debut as a team, during the match Harrison hit Enzo with his signature Kee Yah! knee strike but with a little too much force breaking Enzo's nose. The move injured Marcus Louis and Sylvester Lefort in a tag match giving Louis a black eye and breaking Lefort's orbital bone. The move is known as one of the most dangerous in the WWE.

Main roster (2014–present)[edit]

Pipebombs (2014–15)[edit]

Harrison debuted on Raw following WrestleMania XXX as the opponent for Rob Van Dam, he defeated the former WWE Champion by pinfall. Over the next few months Harrison continued to pick up victories and had title matches on pay-per-view winning a few via disqualification or count-out but per WWE rules he didn't win the title, but what he is best remebered for throughout 2014 is his pipebombs. Throughout the year he continued to interupt fellow wrestlers during promos and blasted them on the mic in either worked shoot or shoot promos. According to Harrison when he appeared on the Stone Cold Podcast in 2016 quite a lot of these promos were made up on the spot and admitted to struggling to stick to the PG rating, he said he was allowed to ignore it during live events and usually would.

The Resistance, US and Tag Team Champion (2015–2016)[edit]

Feud with Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens (2016–2017)[edit]

On the November 7, 2016 episode of Raw Harrison faced Kevin Owens in a double title match with each man putting up their respective singles titles. Harrison pinned Owens after a Flatliner to not only retain his WWE United States Championship but win Owens' WWE Universal Championship, thus becoming not only the youngest ever world champion at 20 years and 274 days but the first ever British world champion. Harrison competed at Survivor Series as part of Team Raw but he was the final member of Team Raw to be eliminated as his team were unsuccessful in defeating Team SmackDown. During the match Harrison eliminated Shane McMahon after catching him in a spear as he attempted a Coast to Coast. The following night on Raw Harrison successfully defended his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in a no disqualification match despite interference from Chris Jericho.

On the December 12, 2016 episode of Raw Neville and Tyler Breeze successfully defended the Tag titles against The New Day and Gallows and Anderson in the opening match of the night, the team were forced to defend them in the same night in the main event against the teams of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho, and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, this time Harrison defended the titles succesfully alongside Neville. At Roadblock: End of the Line Neville and Breeze lost the tag team titles to Sheamus and Cesaro thus ending their 553 day record reign. Harrison successfully defended the Universal Championship in his first main event later that night but was attacked by Chris Jericho before being helped out by Tyler Breeze. The following night on Raw Harrison praised both Neville and Breeze for their actions at the pay-per-view Neville for attacking the crusierweight division and Breeze for helping him out, as a result Neville will get a future Cruiserweight Championship match and Harrison awarded Breeze the United States Championship.

Harrison faced off against Owens for the final time at the Royal Rumble with Harrison successfully defending the Universal title in a six-star match. Harrison would then go on to face Goldberg at Fastlane in the main event and defeated him in 22 seconds. Harrison would then go on to defend his title again at WrestleMania 33 defeating Sami Zayn.

Intercontinetal Champion and undefeated streak (2017–2018)[edit]

Following WrestleMania 33 the Superstar Shake-Up took place with Harrison's wife Alexa Bliss joining him on Raw despite rumours that began in December indicated Harrison wanted to join his wife on SmackDown Live. On the April 10, 2017 episode of Raw it was announced Harrison would face Dean Ambrose at Payback with Harrison's Universal Championship and Ambrose's Intercontinental Championship on the line, after The Miz defeated Ambrose the following week he was added to the match. At Payback Harrison was victorious claiming the Intercontinental title for the first time in his career thus completing the Grand Slam and extended Harrison's undefeated streak to 100–0.

On the May 1, 2017 episode it was announced Harrison would have to defend both of his titles at Extreme Rules. The following week The Miz defeated Dean Ambrose to become the number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship. Then on May 15, 2017 it was announced Harrison would have to defend his Universal Championship in a six-pack challenge against Finn Bálor, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules. At the event Harrison successfully defended both of his titles opening the show against The Miz and then competing in the main event. On the June 5, 2017 episode of Raw Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE for the first time since WrestleMania 33 and challenged Harrison to a Universal Championship match at the upcoming Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. At the event as Lesnar was being introduced Harrison attacked Lesnar and the duo fought outside the ring with Harrison powerbombing Lesnar through the Spanish announce table, after a six minute match Harrison hit Lesnar with a brainbuster to claim victory and retain his title.

On the July 17, 2017 episode of Raw Harrison was informed he had to defend his Intercontinental Championship that night or face losing it as he had not defended it within a 30-day time limit, he would face Samoa Joe later that night successfully defending his belt. The following week on Raw Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman were facing off for the number one contendership to Harrison's Universal title but Harrison alongside Tyler Breeze jumped the three men ending the match in a no contest. On Raw the next week Harrison was informed by the General Manager Kurt Angle that due to his actions he would have to face all three match in a fatal four-way at SummerSlam.

Just six days before SummerSlam Kurt Angle told Harrison he would have to vacate his Intercontinental Championship as he had gone over thirty days without defending it. At SummerSlam Harrison successfully retained his Universal Championship against Reigns, Strowman and Joe despite Strowman putting Harrison through two announce tables. Following this impressive showing Strowman was given a one-on-one title match with Harrison at the No Mercy pay-per-view, in which Harrison successfully defended his belt. At TLC Harrison was told by Raw General Manager to chose his own opponent and he faced off against Samoa Joe at retain his belt again.

On the October 30, 2017 episode of Raw Harrison defended his Universal title in a 30-minute Iron Man match against Finn Bálor winning 3–2 in sudden death overtime. Harrison along with Tyler Breeze defeated Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose on the November 6, 2017 episode of Raw to win the Raw Tag Team Championship for the second time. At Survivor Series Harrison and Breeze defeated The Usos in a champion vs. champion match and Harrison later won his 200th consecutive match defeating AJ Styles in another champion vs. champion match. In November 2017 it was reported Harrison has grown frustrated after he had not been offered a new contract with his ongoing one expiring in December 2017 but after Survivor Series he signed a substantially larger contract.

In December 2017 Harrison along with Breeze and Neville began a feud with The Shield. They continued to face off and attack each other in the build up to a match at the Royal Rumble in which The Resistance won.

Record Championship reign and feud with The Shield (2018–present)[edit]

Other media[edit]

James Harrison
Birth name James Steven Harrison
Born (1996-02-06)February 6, 1996 (age 24)
Burton upon Trent, England
Genres Heavy metal, progressive metal
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2015–present
Labels Eleven Seven
Associated acts Cryptic Demon


Main article: Cryptic Demon discography

Video games[edit]

Harrison made his WWE video games debut in WWE 2K15 and has since in appeared in WWE 2K16WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18. In 2017 Harrison began appearing in the reality show Total Divas. In January 2017 WWE released a DVD documenting the record breaking Tag Championship reign of The Resistance which Harrison was a main part of.

Persona and Reception[edit]

In February 2017 following a feud with Kevin Owens, Harrison turned heel to begin his brief feud with Goldberg from here Harrison adopted a new character mixing a sadistic villain with an aloof millennial. This character received huge praise from critics with Dave Meltzer calling Harrison "a natural heel", from this point Harrison was positioned as the companies top heel. Harrison received further praise for using unorthodox heel tactics in promos and matches. The WWE were praised for allowing Harrison freedom in his promos to generate genuine heel heat.

Personal Life[edit]

Harrison is married to fellow wrestler Alexis Kaufman, better known by her ring name Alexa Bliss, they first met in 2013 shortly after Kaufman signed with NXT and began dating later that year and in mid-2014 they became engaged before marrying in 2015.

In Wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
    • Curtain Call (Bicycle knee; sometimes tranistioned from a wrist lock or a double wrist lock knee strike) – 2009–2012, 2017–present
    • Multiple armlock variations
      • Cross armbar
      • Crucifix armbar
      • Double chickenwing
      • Flying cross armbar
      • Fujiwara armbar, sometimes whilst bridging
      • Kimura lock
      • Scissored armbar
      • Tilt-a-whirl armbar
      • Triangle Armlock (Sankaku-gatame)
    • Multiple piledriver variations
      • Belly-to-back; sometimes off the apron – 2011–2012, 2016–present
      • British Destroyer (Flip; sometimes whilst slingshotting) – 2010–2012; parodied from Petey Williams
      • Package
      • Plasma Driver (Sit-out)
      • Tombstone
      • Vertebreaker (Double underhook back-to-back) – 2009–2012
    • The Last Shot (Superkick followed by a straight jack suplex) – 2013–2016; used as a signature thereafter
    • Shining Wizard – 2013–2016; used as a signature thereafter
    • Flight of the Phoenix (630° senton or a corkscrew 630° senton) – 2016–2018; used as a signature thereafter
    • Brainbuster – 2016–2017; used as a signature thereafter
    • Go To Sleep '18 (Inverted facelock spun into a three-quarter facelock single knee facebreaker) – 2018–present
  • Signature moves
    • 450° splash
    • 720° splash
    • Air Raid Crash (Over-the-shoulder belly-to-back piledriver onto the knee)
    • Arabian Press (Slingshot split-legged moonsault)
    • Biel throw
    • Corkscrew moonsault
    • Dragonrana
    • Dragon Bomb (High-angle senton bomb)
    • Final Curtain (Flip DDT) – 2017–present
    • Flying forearm smash
    • Frankensteiner, sometimes inverted
    • Frog splash
    • Fujiwara Armbar
    • Hurricanrana
    • Imploding 450° splash
    • Last Breath (Kick to an opponent legs on the second turnbuckle, followed by a double foot stomp)
    • Multiple kick variants
      • Backflip
      • Coast to Coast (Corner-to-corner missile drop)
      • Drop, sometimes whilst springboarding
      • The Soul Taker (Spin)
      • Step-up enzugiri
    • Multiple shooting star variants
      • Press, sometimes whilst standing
      • Corkscrew, rarely used
      • DDT
      • Leg drop
      • Senton
      • Shoot
      • Springboard, usually to an opponent outside the ring)
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly-to-belly
      • Dragon
      • Exploder
      • German
      • Half nelson
      • Snap
      • Tiger
    • Phoenixrana
    • Rolling elbow
    • Running back elbow to a cornered followed by a diving corkscrew elbow smash
    • Sling blade
    • Spear, sometimes whilst slingshotting
    • Spinebuster
    • Sunset flip powerbomb
    • Thunderboard Knee Dive (Springboard knee strike)
    • X-Plex (Rolling release suplex)
  • With Neville
    • ​Double team finishing moves
      • Thunder Crack (backbreaker hold (Harrison) / double foot stomp (Neville) combination)
    • Double team signature moves
      • Black Death Drop (Flapjack (Harrison) / jumping cutter (Neville) combination) – parodied from The Dudley Boyz
      • Brainbuster (Harrison) followed by a Red Arrow (Neville)
      • Double powerbomb
      • Double superkick
      • Epic Stampede (Multiple stomps to a seated opponent in the corner with frequent tags), often followed by an Irish whip-assisted corner dropkick – parodied from The New Day
      • Rocket launcher – parodied from Enzo and Cass
      • Verticl suplex (Harrison) / missile dropick (Neville) combination
  • ​With Tyler Breeze
    • ​Double team finishing moves
      • The Breaker (Wheelbarrow hold / double knee facebreaker combination)
      • The Final Nail (Beauty Shot (Breeze) / legsweep (Harrison) combination)
    • Double team signature moves
      • Botox Shot (Unprettier (Breeze) followed by a Dragon Bomb (Harrison))
      • Brainbuster (Harrison) followed by either a moonsault or a frog splash (Breeze)
      • Double superkick
      • Elite Bomb (Powerbomb (Harrison) / jumping neckbreaker (Breeze) combination) – parodied from Randy Orton and Batista
      • Epic Stampede (Multiple stomps to a seated opponent in the corner with frequent tags), often followed by an Irish whip-assisted corner dropkick – parodied from The New Day
      • Enzu Shot (Enzugiri (Harrison) followed by a Supermodel Kick (Breeze))
  • With Neville and Tyler Breeze
    • Triple team finishing moves
    • Elite Shot (Superkick (Harrison), followed by a Beauty Shot (Breeze), followed by a Red Arrow (Neville))
  • Managers
  • ​Wrestlers Managed
  • Nickname(s)
    • "The Ace of WWE"
    • "The Blackheart (of WWE)"
    • "​The Daredevil"
    • "The Indestructible"
    • "Crimson Warrior"
  • ​Entrance Themes
    • "Enter Sandman" by Metallica (PCW)
    • "Faceless" by Left With Tomorrow (NXT; 2013; used whilst teaming with Neville)
    • "Flash Burn" by Daniel Holter and Kyle White (NXT; 2014; used whilst teaming with Neville)
    • "Break Orbit" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE; 2014; used whilst teaming with Neville)
    • ​"Parabola" by Tool (April 7, 2014 – May 14, 2018)
    • "The Book of Heavy Metal" by Dream Evil (May 21, 2018 – present)
    • "Blood Plague" by Cryptic Demon; used whilst part of The Resistance

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • All Star Wrestling
    • British Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Dragon Gate
    • Open the Twin Gate Championship (1 time) – with Pac
    • Open the Triange Gate Championship (1 time) – with Pac and Masato Yoshino
  • Dragon Gate USA
    • Open the United Gate Championship (1 time; inaugural) – with Pac
  • New Generation Wrestling
    • ​NGW Undisputed Championship (1 time)
  • NWA UK Hammerlock
    • NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • One Pro Wrestling
    • 1PW Heavyweight Championship (1 time; final)
    • 1PW Tag Team Championship (1 time; final) – with Kid Fite
    • 1PW Openweight Championship (1 time)
  • Preston City Wrestling
    • PCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time; inaugural)
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Super Dragon
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Wrestler of the Year (2016, 2017)
    • Tag Team of the Year (2015) with Neville
    • Tag Team of the Year (2016) with Neville and Tyler Breeze
    • Match of the Year (2015) vs. Seth Rollins on August 3
    • Match of the Year (2016) vs. Kevin Owens on November 7
    • Match of the Year (2017) vs. Kevin Owens on January 29
    • Feud of the Year (2016) with Neville and Tyler Breeze vs. The New Day
    • Most Improved Wrestler (2015)
    • Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2017)
    • PWI ranked him #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016.
  • Pro Wrestling Ulster
    • PWU Championship (1 time)
  • Real Quality Wrestling
    • RQW Cruiserweight Championship (2 times)
  • Rolling Stone
    • WWE Wrestler of the Year (2016, 2017)
    • Rookie of the Year (2015)
    • WWE Match of the Year (2015) vs. Seth Rollins on August 3
    • WWE Match of the Year (2017) vs. Kevin Owens on January 29
    • Most Improbably Awesome Match of the Year (2017) vs. Braun Strowman on September 24
  • Sports Illustrated
    • Wrestler of the Year (2017)
  • WWE
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 7 Star Match (2018) vs. Kenny Omega on July 7
    • 6 Star Match (2017) vs. Kevin Owens on January 29
    • 6 Star Match (2018) vs. Sami Zayn on August 19
    • 5¾ Star Match (2018) vs. Sami Zayn on June 17
    • 5 Star Match (2011) with Super Dragon vs. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) on December 10)
    • 5 Star Match (2015) vs. Seth Rollins on August 3
    • 5 Star Match (2016) vs. Kevin Owens on November 7
    • 5 Star Match (2016) vs. Kevin Owens on December 18
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. Sami Zayn on April 2
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe on August 20
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. Finn Bálor on October 30
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. AJ Styles on November 19
    • 5 Star Match (2017) vs. John Cena on December 25
    • 5 Star Match (2018) with Tyler Breeze and Neville vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) on Jan 28
    • 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Seth Rollins on June 4
    • 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Seth Rollins on July 15
    • 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Seth Rollins on July 16
    • 5 Star Match (2018) vs. Finn Bálor on June 25
    • Pro Wrestling Match of the Year (2016) vs. Kevin Owens on November 7
    • Wrestler of the Year (2016, 2017)
    • Most Outstanding Wrestler (2016, 2017)
    • Feud of the Year (2016) with Neville and Tyler Breeze vs. The New Day
    • Tag Team of the Year (2016) with Neville and Tyler Breeze
    • Best Box Office Draw (2017)
    • Best on Interviews (2014–2017)
    • Best Technical Wrestler (2017)
    • Best Flying Wrestler (2015, 2016)
    • Most Underrated (2014)
    • Rookie of the Year (2013)
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2017) Flight of the Phoenix
    • Best Gimmick (2017)