More details have been revealed surrounding the impending return of Mickie James to WWE despite being IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion.
In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events, Mickie James will return to a WWE ring at the 2022 Royal Rumble. The announcement comes after James was released by the company in April 2021.
In the weeks after her release it emerged that the former Women’s Champion had her belongings returned to her in a trash bag, a move it emerged had cost a WWE staff member their job.
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.
IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice-President Scott D’Amore has given more details on how the deal came to be:
“WWE wanted it, Mickie wanted it and IMPACT Wrestling’s philosophy is always to work with other major promotions to create buzz for the fans. Everything is signed and agreed with WWE and IMPACT Wrestling – the only question is whether or not Mickie will enter one of WWE’s most historic annual matches as the reigning Knockouts World Champion.”
Before her Royal Rumble appearance, Mickie James is set to defend her Knockouts Title against Deonna Purrazzo at IMPACT’s Hard To Kill event.
Scott D’Amore continued touting IMPACT Wrestling as the epicentre of wrestling’s vaunted forbidden door:
“There’s never been a time like this for wrestling fans. In a 12 month period, IMPACT Wrestling has worked with NWA, AAA, New Japan, AEW, and now WWE. IMPACT Wrestling is the nexus of the forbidden door era.”