Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James made history at the WWE Royal Rumble Saturday night as the first contracted Impact wrestler to compete in the WWE ring.
After the match was announced a few weeks ago and recognized on WWE TV as Impact Champion, James entered the 30-woman Royal Rumble match for 20th place. It was the 18th elimination, and was eliminated by the WWE Hall of Famer Lita. James also had an elimination during the match, and that was Michelle McCool.
There has been a lot of speculation about whether WWE will let James walk out with their Knockouts Title belt, and they have. She has been described on screen as Impact Women’s Champion. This was all the more important because SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair was the only WWE Champion to ever walk away with a title. WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega have left their gold behind.
As seen below, James spoke with Megan Morant about making a comeback and James commented on breaking one of the biggest ceilings in pro wrestling.
“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” James said when asked how he was feeling. “If you had told me this moment was going to happen now, I would have said you’re crazy. And here we are. We went there and made history. I mean, I obviously wanted to win, I had my sights set because the winner obviously goes to WrestleMania, and I wanted that one.” The moment, but just to go out there as a WWE family, like Mickie James – the legend, but also Mickie James… “Hardcore Country” Mickie James, something the WWE world has never seen, and to represent Impact as the Knockouts World Champion… I thought I You did a great job, you had a great performance and I’m sorry guys, I didn’t win, but in my heart the world won because we broke one of the biggest roofs I’ve ever seen, and we did it for the ladies! You know what I mean?”
James has also talked about working with people she has a history with, like Lita, and others she hasn’t wrestled before. She mentioned how she wished Melina could last longer, and gave her a special shout out. Melina entered the match in second place but it was the first elimination, sent off by Sasha Banks, who started the match with her.
“There’s one person I was so excited to see and I wish I had stayed there long enough for us to get together because ‘Little M&M’…people would have loved her was Miss Melina, and what an applause for her,” James said of Melina, so I just want to I put it, I love you girl.
James concluded his interview and extended his thanks to WWE and Impact.
“But yeah, it was a great night and I’m thankful to be here, and for the chance to make history. So thank you, WWE. Thank you Impact. Thank you ladies. She said before getting emotional.” I’m trying not to cry today, I promised. I cried, Beth [Phoenix] She made me cry last night with her Instagram post, I cried again there in Gorilla [Position], I cried all day, but I’m tough, so I don’t cry, but thanks. I promise you, I’m a “hard country” [laughs]. “
Impact Wrestling has made several tweets celebrating Mickie’s history-making appearance. As seen below, Impact Executive Vice President Scott Demore said he was proud to have Mickey in the match, and said he wanted to keep opening doors.
Demore wrote: “So proud to have #HardcoreCountryMickieJames representing IMPACTWRESTLING as the #KNOCKOUTS World Champion at WWE #RoyalRumble, let’s keep opening doors!”
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley added, “How upset would it be to have MickieJames in #Rumble with her title IMPACTWRESTLING?”
James will now defend her knockout title against Tasha Stiles at No Surrender on Saturday, February 19.
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