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List Of Banned Words For Mickie James’ Royal Rumble Appearance Revealed

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A new report details the verbal caveats in place for Mickie James’ WWE return through the Forbidden Door at the Royal Rumble!

Mickie James made headlines when it was announced she would be a part of the women’s Royal Rumble match despite being signed to IMPACT Wrestling and reigning as the company’s current Knockouts World Champion.

In July 2021, Mickie James returned to IMPACT Wrestling for the third time, going on to defeat long-reigning IMPACT Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo at Bound for Glory. The victory meant that James has now held the championship on four occasions.

Prior to her return, James last competed for the WWE in the 2021 Royal Rumble, and was released from the company the following April. She famously spoke out following her release about the fact that her belongings were sent back to her in a trash bag, a move that cost one WWE employee their job. James has since revealed that Vince McMahon personally apologized to her for the situation.

News of her return for the 2022 Royal Rumble was especially shocking given the disrespect she was shown on the way out, and many saw it as a nice gesture from the WWE to both welcome Mickie James back, and also to prove their willingness to work with IMPACT Wrestling when they are historically adverse to mentioning other promotions by name on their programming.

However, the return wasn’t without caveats as revealed by a new report. Speaking on the Grapsody Podcast on Fightful, Will Washington detailed the phrases that WWE would not allow mentioned during the former Divas Champion’s return. Washington spoke to sources in the WWE who told them there were “caveats to literally everything” having to do with Mickie James’ return. Washington provided details shared to him by his source:

“‘The first thing was, we were allowed to say IMPACT, but at no point could we say IMPACT Wrestling.’ He was like, ‘Really important distinction, it was hammered in, IMPACT Wrestling could not be said. IMPACT Wrestling cannot be tagged on social media, you are not to say IMPACT Wrestling, solely IMPACT.’

“Which, again, I don’t know how much of a difference that makes, because at the end of the day people can still search up IMPACT, but it is like, the name of the company is not just IMPACT; the company is IMPACT Wrestling. But it’s one of those ‘We don’t say wrestling, you don’t say wrestling, this company is not called IMPACT Wrestling, you’re not going to refer to them as IMPACT Wrestling.'”

Washington continued with the second edict from WWE, mandating a small change be made to the name of the championship that Mickie James held when she made her Royal Rumble entrance.

“And then the other thing was, ‘We were also told, you don’t use the word Knockout, you don’t use the word World. Even though the belt is called the IMPACT Knockouts World Championship, you don’t use either of those words, and you are only specifically to refer to this belt as the IMPACT Women’s Championship. Not IMPACT Wrestling Women’s Championship, none of that, it is the IMPACT Women’s Championship.’ Despite the fact that that is not what it’s called, but you don’t use the word Knockout and you don’t use the word World.'”

This second point can be seen in the video of James’ entrance, as the graphic announcing her clearly reads “IMPACT Women’s Champion.”

The source made it clear that this was not a free range deal for IMPACT to get publicity from the WWE but also involved WWE controlling the specific nomenclature that could be used during the champion’s appearance.

IMPACT Wrestling drew its highest audience in a year after Mickie James’ Royal Rumble appearance was announced

As reported by ShowBuzzDaily, the January 27th broadcast of IMPACT’s weekly AXS TV program was watched by 182,000 viewers. Furthermore, it drew a 0.05 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, ultimately finishing 104th out of cable originals for the evening. This is an improvement from the previous week’s broadcast, which drew a 0.03 rating in the 18-49 demo, with a total audience of 126,000 viewers.

This marks the highest-rated IMPACT weekly episode since its February 16th, 2021 episode, which drew 197,000 viewers for a 0.06 rating in the key demo. The episode ranked 117th in cable originals that night. It also marked the highest-rated IMPACT episode since the promotion moved to Thursday nights on April 8th last year. That episode only garnered 168,000 viewers, despite marking Kenny Omega’s IMPACT television in-ring debut.

The January 27th episode was bolstered by the arrival of Bullet Club’s Jay White, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa, who had been teased ahead of time, as well as Mickie James’ knockouts division address, mere days before she entered WWE’s women’s Royal Rumble match.

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