Jimmy Wang Yang
Oct 2, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: James Yun
Weight: 185 lbs.
Date of birth: May 13, 1981
Born: Hollywood, CA
Hometown: Austell, GA
Pro debut: April 1999
Trained at: WCW Power Plant
Finishing move: Yang Time
- In June 1999, Yang signed with WCW.
- Yang made his WCW television debut in January 2000.
- Yang was put in a trio called the Jung Dragons along with Jamie-San (Jamie Noble) and Kaz Hayashi.
- Yang and Hayashi defeated Evan Karagias and Jamie Knoble at WCW Sin on January 14, 2001.
- The WWF purchased Yang’s WCW contract and assigned him to the company’s developmental roster.
- With no plans to call him to the main roster, Yang was eventually released by WWE.
- Following his release, Yang agreed to join All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- On April 13, 2002, Yang, Hayashi and Hi69 defeated Kazushi Miyamoto, Gran Naniwa and Ryuji Hijikata at the Budokan Hall.
- On June 19, 2002, Yang, Jorge Estrada and Sonny Siaki (the Flying Elvises) defeated Jerry Lynn, A.J. Styles and Low-Ki on NWA TNA’s PPV debut.
- Yang, Hayashi and George Hines defeated Johnny Smith, Naniwa and Hijikata on July 17, 2002 on AJPW’s Prefectural Gym PPV.
- On August 7, 2002, the Flying Elvises defeated the Spanish Announce Team in a six man tag match for TNA.
- In September 2002, Yang and Hayashi won the AJPW Real World Junior Heavyweight Tag Team League.
- He was released by WWE on April 22, 2010.
- Yang and Hayashi defeated Mr. Problem and Extreme Blade (Elix Skipper) on an All Japan PPV on December 6, 2002.
- On April 3, 2003, Yang and Satoshi Kojima defeated Keiji Mutoh and George Hines in Fukushima, Japan.
- In September 2003, WWE resigned Yang, this time to a three year deal. Yang was renamed Akio.
- On July 5, 2005, Yang was released by WWE.
- At Hustlemania ’05 in Yokohama, Japan, Yang and Kaz Hayashi defeated Taiji Ishimori and Kota Ibuse.
- Yang resigned with WWE in early 2006, and became Jimmy Wang Yang on Smackdown. He was given a valet, Amy Zidian, but she fired at the end of 2006.
- On April 22, 2010, Jimmy was released from his WWE contract.