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Mickie James Heaps Praise On Charlotte Flair

Mickie James enters the Royal Rumble

After briefly returning to WWE at the Royal Rumble, Mickie James has singled out Charlotte Flair for significant praise, describing her as one of the best to ever step into the ring.

After Mickie James was handed her release by WWE in April 2021, it was unclear as to whether the star would ever return to the company. James’ post WWE journey took her to the NWA where she produced an all-women’s pay-per-view and back to IMPACT Wrestling for a third time.

During this period she also captured the IMPACT Knockouts Championship, defeating Deonna Purrazzo.

However, in the lead-up to the 2022 Royal Rumble it was announced that James would be competing in the women’s match, complete with her IMPACT championship belt.

At the event, James came out to a monster ovation and remained in the match for just under 12 minutes before she was eliminated by another returning star, Lita.

Speaking on the latest episode of GAW TV, Mickie James reflected on her return, reserving special praise for one current Superstar in the process. James outlined how impressed she had been with Charlotte Flair, calling the SmackDown Women’s Champion “one of the best wrestlers she had ever seen.”

“I thought the whole thing with her [Ronda Rousey] and Ashley [Charlotte Flair] at the end was kind of cool. It was obviously a big deal for Charlotte to enter herself as the champion in the Rumble. It was the first time that had ever been done, either. I watch Ashley out there and I’m going to be honest, she is one of the best wrestlers I have ever seen in my life, male or female.

Watching her in the ring and when I went back to watch Rumble, and say what you will but she operates on a different level. Everything matters. Every moment, her facials are always on point, she takes her time, she doesn’t rush, she breathes. All the right things to what makes wrestling magic. You need that constant in the ring with the people that can then go and do all this other crazy shit to balance the whole thing out,”

James also commented on the return of Melina, who entered the match at number two. Although Melina was eliminated quickly, the IMPACT Wrestling star said that it was great to see her have a “special moment” with the crowd once more.

“I didn’t love that at all [Melina being eliminated quickly], but I did love that her entrance, the people did exactly what we knew they were going to do, they erupted,” James said. “They were like, ‘Holy shit!’ It was so good to see her back. She hadn’t been in WWE in over a decade so I think that was amazing. To see her get teared up, it was awesome.

I didn’t love the whole, ‘She got eliminated first.’ I didn’t love that obviously because I wanted to be able to be in there with her and tangle it up. I wanted her to have those moments with some of the other girls in there, and I know it was special for Sasha to be in there with her.”

Despite a strong showing from Flair the match was eventually won by another returning star in the form of Ronda Rousey. After a confrontation with Becky Lynch on the most recent episode of Raw, it has been confirmed that Rousey will decide who she will face at WrestleMania 38 on the February 4th episode of SmackDown.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.