James Smith (January 16, 1986) is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE, competing in their developmental territory WWE NXT under the ring name Bull Dempsey. After his release from WWE NXT, he currently wrestles under the ring name Bull James.
Professional wrestling career
Early career / Independent circuit (2008-2013)
World Xtreme Wrestling (2008-2012)
Smith would make his debut on August 9 show as Donny Johnson to lose against against AC Sledge. He would change his name to Smith James and in last match would lose in a 4-way tag match to Four Way to Black Talent'd Wrestlerz (Bobby Ocean and Slyck Wagner Brown).
Independent Superstars of Pro Wrestling (2009-2010)
Smith would debut on May 30 to lose against Flash Wheeler. He would challenge for vacant ISPW World Heavyweight Title in a 20 Man Summer Rumble but lost to Judas Young. In his last match he would defeat Nicholas Nice in a Street Fight.
Showcase Championship Wrestling (2009-2012)
Force One Wrestling (2009)
Fazoo Crew Wrestling (2010-2011)
Impact Championship Wrestling (2011-2013)
Pro Wrestling Syndicate (2011-2012)
Total Nonstop Action (2011)
Smith would compete in a dark match against Mark Bravura to win.
National Wrestling Superstars (2011-2012)
Smith would debut in a losing effort to Princess Niya and The Nigerian Nightmares (Laifu and Raifu) . He would compete in a Captain Lou Albano Memorial J-Cup Tag Team Tournament only to lose in the First Round against The 2 Rude Dudes (Corey Havoc and Steve Rogers). His last match would be a tag win against LA Smooth and Manu.
American Championship Entertainment (2011-2013)
Smith would debut on August 13 in a Lethal Lottery Tag Match in a win against Chris Cayden and Hush Holiday. He would also win a Battle Royal to crown #1 Contendership for the ACE Dimond Division Title. He would go on to lose the match though. He would form The New Age Wrecking Crew with Vince Steele and enter in a tournament for ACE Tag Team Titles only to lose in the final round to The Movement (FNB and Jamal Jackson). They would at ACE Destined For Greatness win the titles in a ladder match. They would hold the titles until they lost in a Three Way Tag Match to The Middle East Connection (Abdul Fahad and Jafar Fahad). That would be Smith's last match.
New York Wrestling Connection (2012-2013)
Smith would debut to lose a tag match against Style And Finesse (Mike Donovan and Rob Vegas). Smith would team with Bill Carr and win a Three Way for #1 Contendership match for NYWC Tag Team Title. Bill Carr and Smith James would defeat The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) for the titles. They would keep the titles until they would lose it to Mikey Whipwreck and Stockade in a Double Dog Collar match. That would be his last match with company.
Women Superstars Uncensorsed (2012)
Rampage Pro Wrestling (2012)
Smith would compete in one match in a losing effort against Chris Jacobs.
Liberty States Wrestling (2013)
Right Coast Pro Wrestling (2013)
Smith in his very first match would compete in a RCP Heavyweight Title Tournament but would lose in first round. His last match was against King Mega in another loss.
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (2013)
Smith first and last match would be against Guillotine LeGrande in a losing effort.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2013–2016)
WWE NXT (2013–2016)
In June 2013, James signed a contract with WWE. He was assigned to the WWE Performance Center. On August 28, 2013, his name was changed to Bull Dempsey. Dempsey made his debut in NXT on September 12, 2013, where he was defeated by Aiden English. Throughout late 2013, he made sporadic appearances as an enhancement talent. In the late spring to summer, Dempsey returned to NXT as a tweener, squashing various low carders and local talents. In August, Dempsey and Mojo Rawley formed an uneasy tag team and participated in the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament, where they were defeated by The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) in the first round, prompting Dempsey to attack Rawley in the aftermath and establishing himself a heel. On September 11 at the NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way event, Dempsey defeated Rawley in a squash with his new finisher The Diving Headbutt. On the September 25 episode of NXT Bull was victorious in the rematch. Following that, he embarked on a rivalry with Baron Corbin, another dominant wrestler who mostly squashed jobbers. The two competed to see how quickly they could defeat the "local talent", sometimes back-to-back. This eventually led to a match between the two on January 14, 2015, in which Dempsey's undefeated streak was broken by Corbin.
Dempsey competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Qualification Tournament at Wrestlemania Axxess 31, but lost to Tyler Breeze in the first round. Soon after this, Dempsey's gimmick was tweaked to that of an overweight, out of shape wrestler who eats too much, which also saw him turn face in the process. After several vignettes aired to promote "Bull-Fit", Dempsey debuted his new gimmick on the August 26 episode of NXT, where he defeated Elias Samson. On the February 24 episode of NXT, he was defeated by Tommaso Ciampa, Dempsey's final match for NXT.
On February 5, 2016, Smith wrote on his Twitter account that he had left WWE. Choosing not to continue his "Bull-Fit" gimmick on the independent circuit, Dempsey sold his old ring gear from NXT on eBay.
Return to Independent circuit (2016-present)
James began wrestling on the independent circuit following his release from WWE NXT, using the name Bull James, a combination of his NXT name and his birth name. James announced that he was set to debut in Combat Zone Wrestling, stating that he was coming after Sami Callihan, a former member of WWE NXT known as Solomon Crowe; facing him on April 1 at CZW Welcome To The Combat Zone in a match won by Callihan.
Since his release from WWE, James wrestled throughout the New York and New Jersey promotions including Tommy Dreamer's House Of Hardcore and Ricky O's Game Changer Wrestling, Pat Buck's WrestlePro and Five Borough Wrestling. He also wrestled for other promotions including Grand Slam Wrestling, Smash Wrestling. James returned once more to American Championship Entertainment on May 14, 2016, defeating WCW alumni Crowbar at ACE Aftermath.
UK Tour (2016-present)
James also made visits overseas in the United Kingdom for promotions including Over The Top Wrestling (OTT). On May 28, 2016 at OTT Even Better Than Better Than Our Best, James was defeated by Logan Bryce. WrestleZone in Scotland. On June 4, 2016 at WrestleZone Aberdeen Anarchy 2016, James teamed with fellow WWE alumni Carlito & The Hurricane in a six-man tag match defeating Lou King Sharp & The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago).
During July 2017, James traveled to Scotland where he worked at the Insane Championship Wrestling events. During the July 9 ICW Fight Club Tapings, Bull James defeated Grado. On July 29, during the opening night of the ICW Shug's Hoose Party 4 tour, James was defeated by hometown favorite Kid Fite.
On July 1, 2017, James returned to OTT at the OTT Born To Be Wasted event where he was an "Officer" with Chief Deputy Dunne and Officer Nicky (Fabulous Nicky) to defeat Angel Cruz, B. Cool & Kenny Williams in a six-man tag team match. He also worked in Celtic Championship Wrestling on July 15, where he challenged for the CCW All Star Championship held by Danny Butler at CCW Super Lariato Bros, in a title match won by Butler. On July 22, he appeared in the British promotion X Wrestling Alliance (XWA) where during the XWA 47: The Exclusive Series, James wrestled in a four-way match against Jimmy Havoc, Gideon Grey and Martina, which Havoc won. On July 23 at XWA 48: Live In Colchester, James wrestled and was defeated by Keith Lee.
Return to NYWC (2016-present)
Bull James returned to New York Wrestling Connection on March 26, at NYWC Aftermath 2016 in a grudge match won by Anthony Nese. Their feud continued on April 30 at NYWC April Reign 2016 in a rematch in which James won. At NYWC Master Of The Mat 2016, James and Nese met again in a four-way match involving Tony Nese defeats Big Damo and Tracy Williams, but the match was won by Nese. At NYWC Going The Distance, James teamed with Mike Verna & Talon to defeat The Hounds Of Hatred (Apollyon, King Mega & Mouse). At NYWC Hotter Than Hell 2016 James defeated Mike Verna in a singles match. At NYWC Draw The Line 2016 James defeated rookie Maxwell Jacob Feinstein. During December 2016 NYWC Tour De Circus James and tag partner Mouse challenged for the NYWC Tag Team Championship after winning a Number One Contendership match the previous month on NYWC Draw The Line. They were defeated in their title match by The Hounds Of Hatred (Bam Sullivan & Boo Sullivan).
On January 28, 2017, James wrestled King Mega to a No-Contest finish at NYWC Sideshow 2017. On February 25 at NYWC Psycho Circus XV, James won an Eight Man Tag Team Elimination Psycho Circus Match to win the NYWC Heavyweight Championship. He successfully defended the title at NYWC Aftermath 2017 against Homicide, then at NYWC April Reign 2017 against Scott Norton. His third successful title defense was at NYWC Master Of The Mat 2017, where he defeated Alex Reynolds, Bobby Fish and Matt Striker in a Four-way match.
- Finishing Moves
- Bulldozer (Side scoop slam)
- Diving headbutt
- Diving seated senton
- "Big Game"
- "The Last Of A Dying Breed"
- "The Wrecking Ball"
- Entrance Themes
- "Fighter 001" by Chris Whatley
- "Bull" by CFO$ (NXT; 2015–present)
Championships and Accomplishments
- New York Wrestling Connection