Mickie James is an integral part of the history of WWE’s Women’s Division. Perhaps that is a glaring understatement, but it needed saying. Unfortunately though, after her dismissal from the company after her last run in WWE, her belongings were sent to her in a trash bag – something she didn’t appreciate at the time. She now says that apologies were made and all’s well in the world.
James is currently the Impact Knockouts Champion, she having recently defended her title against Deonna Purrazzo at Hard To Kill. She will be entering the Rumble as said champion, which marks a first for the Rumble and WWE overall, so ‘historic’ would certainly be the right term to use here.
She recently went into just how the deal was brokered and between whom. She also stated that despite her hard feelings at the end of her run in WWE, which lasted from 2016 to 2021, the appropriate apologies came from the right people and she’s excited for her return to WWE, all the while being an Impact Wrestling Knockout through and through. It was during an interview with Ariel Helwani that she said:
“It was a few weeks ago, and Scott had called me first…just to kind of see where I was at and if I was interested…I think immediately I was excited, because I think about this historically has never happened before, for WWE to do this or to have anyone participate in the Rumble, especially to acknowledge the championship.
Johnny (Laurinaitis) reached out to Scott to first just talk to him professionally because… this has never really has been done before by them. So definitely, they talked first to see if this was going to be something they because they’ve worked together, Impact worked together with WWE in the past for other things, you know.
I think it was going to be a surprise, we talked about having it as a surprise. But you know, the announcement [and] the response back from the announcement kind of has blown my mind. I think it’s pretty incredible. You know, it’s different, and it’s kind of historic, and then to be the person to do they’ve done it with it’s really freaking cool.
I was very shocked because I know it’s not really ever been done especially for the women and so and I think all things considered but I also feel like everyone from that camp has honestly, we’ve talked and there’s been apologies and all the things and so I still maintain a good relationship with everyone in that sense. And professionally, I just think it’s just something to be able to do and hopefully open the door for future possibilities of that as well. I don’t know It’s weird, right? It’s a weird place to be sitting.”
Weird is definitely right. It shocked many after the announcement was made, especially considering how she was treated after her last run with the company, as was mentioned above. Apparently though, all 3 (as well as many others on staff) figureheads in WWE – Triple H, Stephanie and Vince McMahon apologized to her in one way or another. Mr. McMahon apparently called her personally after the incident. Stephanie tweeted an apology after the incident occurred.
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