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Mickie James Confronts Deonna Purrazzo At Slammiversary

Mickie James Slammiversary

Mickie James has returned to IMPACT for the first time in almost six years, confronting Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo at Slammiversary!

Following a brutal but successful defence over the debuting Thunder Rosa, Deonna Purrazzo came face-to-face with five-time WWE Women’s Champion and Knockouts legend Mickie James! James proclaimed how good it felt to be back in IMPACT and in front of a live crowd before extending her congratulations to the champion on her retention.

The three-time Knockouts Champion let her actions speak for her respect for Purrazzo, inviting her to compete at NWA EmPowerrr next month. Ever the egotist, however, the 27-year-old brushed off James’ invitation and told her to “take your trash bag and get outta here”, promoting James to slap the champion! The confrontation escalated into a brawl which Mickie ultimately got the best of, knocking the champion to the canvas with a Mick Kick!

James last appeared in IMPACT (still known as TNA at the time) just shy of 6 years ago before pursuing a WWE return. Despite starting strong in a great showing against then-NXT Women’s Champion Asuka at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, James’ appearances would become more and more sporadic until her eventual release in April 2021. She’s since been working with NWA to produce their first-ever all-women’s show NWA EmPowerrr but has yet to make a return to the ring herself.

Elsewhere on Slammiversary: Chelsea Green debuted as Matt Cardona’s mystery partner, a vignette teased the impending arrival of the former Aiden English and FinJuice returned to IMPACT after nearly two months away!