In TNA, James won the TNA Knockouts Championship three times and the 2013 TNA World Cup with Team USA. James was born at Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Stuart James, a retired wastewater-treatment worker, landscaper, and VAIL League Division 3 Championship coach and Sandra Knuckles, a teacher and real-estate agent.
She made her professional debut on the independent circuit in 1999, as a valet for KYDA Pro Wrestling under the ring name Alexis Laree, a name created as the result of a combination of her stage name from when she was a dancer and her middle name.
She continued to wrestle with the stable while they feuded with The Disciples of the New Church, taking part in an angle with Father James Mitchell burning her with a fireball and wrestling in another Clockwork Orange House of Fun match before leaving the company.
Through the early part of 2006, James would attack Ashley Massaro several times due to Massaro calling her "crazy".James and Stratus teamed together at the March 18, 2006 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria.After the match, James agreed to honor Stratus' wishes and attempted to kiss her.After only a few appearances, she joined a stable called The Gathering and was written into storylines with the group.She is the only woman to be involved in the promotion's Clockwork Orange House of Fun matches.