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"Call me All-American, I'm a redneck through and through
Got my hat, my pickup truck, and my hound dog he's named Boo
People don't understand my way of life
I'm gonna have to punch someone tonight"
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James Carson Yun (b. May 13, 1981) is an American retired Professional Wrestler, actor and entrepreneur from Austell, Georgia known for his work in WCW and WWE. He debuted in 1999 and had his first significant role as a member of The Jung Dragons as "Yang", with Kaz Hayashi and Jamie-San (Jamie Noble under a mask due to being the team's Token White). They had a feud with 3-Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias). WWE picked up his contract after buying WCW and sent him to the Heartland Wrestling Association in Ohio but released him in January 2002. He switched to TNA, debuting on TNA #1, June 19, 2002, as part of The Flying Elvises with Jorge Estrada and Sonny Siaki in a win over AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn and Low Ki. He left after The Spanish Announce Team (Jose Maximo, Joel Maximo and The Amazing Red) defeated him, Shark Boy and David Young at TNA #29 on January 22, 2003. He went to WWE where he was renamed Akio and made one of Yoshihiro Tajiri's bodyguards. That ran its course, and in 2006 he was reintroduced as Jimmy Wang Yang, "SmackDown's resident redneck," as Michael Cole called him. He has also wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, MLW and numerous others.

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"I'm gonna have to trope someone tonight":

  • Badass Teacher: He was one of the trainers for Kelly Klein, a star of ROH's Women of Honor division.
  • But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Korean descent, half-Caucasian, all American.
  • I Have Many Names: Yun Yang, Yang, Jimmy Yang, Akio, Bruce LeRoid, Jimmy Wang Yang
  • I Have the High Ground: His Finishing Move, Yang Time, is a moonsault
  • I Know Kung Fu: His gimmick in Ring of Honor was based on the movie The Last Dragon. He even brought in Taimak, the star of the movie, for help in his feud with Jimmy Rave.
  • Jobber: Lost all his matches until "Tag Wars" near the beginning of 2006, where he joined up with Generation Next members Jack Evans and Matt Sydal to defeat Adam Pearce, Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer, the men who would later become Decade. Even then they lost in the final round to The Embassy but Yang would go on to pick up some individual wins from then on.
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  • Nice Hat: Had one on whenever he didn't wrestle.
  • One Steve Limit: His feud with Jimmy Rave. He also had altercations with Jimmy Jacobs and Ryu Saito, who is also known as "Jimmy."
  • Stereotype Flip: The entire Jimmy Wang Yang gimmick was based around this. His character (a down-home cowboy who also happened to be Korean) had him deliberately defying Asian stereotypes by being proud of his Southern heritage and wishing to be identified by his self-admitted love of being a redneck rather than being judged by his race.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Jung Dragons
    • The Flying Elvises
  • Tournament Arc: He and Kaz Hayashi won All Japan's Real World Jr. Tag League 2002, and he won the AJPW Junior Heavyweight League 2010.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: First as a wrestling bodyguard for Tajiri, then a wrestling movie star, then a wrestling cowboy.
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