Mickie James has more authority than most to discuss her thoughts on women’s wrestling, now the former six-time WWE Women’s Champion names who she says is the greatest women’s wrestler competing today.
James has a long and storied career including notable stops in both WWE and TNA. She debuted on Raw in late 2005 and by WrestleMania 22 in 2006 she was facing Trish Stratus for the Women’s Title, winning her first WWE gold on ‘The Grandest Stage Of Them All.’ More success followed for Mickie James before she parted from the company in 2010.
A memorable stay in TNA followed for James where she would become a three-time Knockouts Champion and had memorable feuds with the likes of Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, and Velvet Sky.
A return to WWE followed in 2016 for Mickie James, although this run with the company brought limited success. She formed an alliance with Alexa Bliss before wrestling Bliss at various points for the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Titles. On the 15th of April 2021, it was announced that James along with a slew of other talents including The IIconics and Wesley Blake had been released from their WWE contracts.
Mickie James has been busy since however as she appeared on NWA television to announce an all-female event she is putting together in conjunction with the company called NWA Empowerrr. James has said she wants to reach out across all companies for competitors for the show, but one person in particular has already questioned the business sense in ignoring contractual obligations.
Now speaking to the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Mickie James has named who she thinks is the greatest women’s wrestler competing today.
“I know I’ve wrestled Serena [Deeb], but everyone knows that Serena is my go-to because I think she’s the greatest women’s wrestler out there right now and I’ve always felt that way. I’ve always had a kindred spirit with Serena because I remember her when she first moved to OVW. We’re both Virginia girls and I’ve loved her since day one. She’s always had so much passion and raw talent and it clicked right away. I just watched her grow from debuting on television to getting her head shaved and even [in WWE], she never got a chance because I felt then, she was better than most of the girls.”
“Probably better than me, I don’t know. It wasn’t just about in-ring. It was the details and the character. She could just wrestle and I appreciated that so much. It’s cool to watch her journey because I think she’s been through it too. After the first run, it seems like a struggle and she never got a chance to showcase her wrestling ability on television. Then to come back for the [Mae Young Classic] and be a trainer. She’s 30 and all the girls she’s training are her age or older. There’s so much to do with her. She’s so sweet and until you see her live, she doesn’t feel dangerous when you talk to her. We say ‘too nice for wrestling.’ I’m so happy she’s getting a chance to really showcase why she was put in positions to help level everyone up because she was already there the whole time.”
Serena Deeb became a coach at the WWE Performance Center after competing in the Mae Young Classic in 2017. She was released from that role in April 2020 before appearing for NWA and All Elite Wrestling. Deeb defeated Thunder Rosa for the NWA Women’s Championship before losing that belt in recent weeks to NWA standout Kamille.