Mickie James

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Mickie James
Mickie James in February 2014.jpg
James at an independent wrestling show in February 2014
Birth name Mickie Laree James[1]
Born (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 (age 35)[2]
Montpelier, Virginia[3]
Resides Aylett, Virginia[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Alexis Laree[4]
Mickie James[5]
Princess Alexis[6]
Queen Alexis[6]
Superball[7]
Vicki Adams[7]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[5]
Billed weight 134 lb (61 kg)[8]
Billed from Richmond, Virginia[5]
Trained by Funking Conservatory[9]
KYDA Pro Training School[2]
Ohio Valley Wrestling[10]
Debut 1999[2]

Mickie Laree James[1] (born August 31, 1979) is an American professional wrestler and country singer.

James began her professional wrestling career in 1999 as a valet on the independent circuit, where she was known under the name Alexis Laree.[10] She trained in several camps to improve her wrestling abilities before working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (NWA:TNA) in June 2002, where she gained national attention.[10][11] After only a few appearances, she joined a stable called The Gathering and was written into storylines with the group. She is also the only woman to be involved in Clockwork Orange House of Fun matches.[12]

James appeared in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in October 2005 and was placed in a storyline with Trish Stratus, in which James' gimmick was that of Stratus' biggest fan turned obsessed stalker, an angle which lasted almost a year.[4][10][13] She received a push, and she won her first WWE Women's Championship at WrestleMania 22, a title she has held a total of five times. James also won her first Divas Championship at Night of Champions in 2009 to become the second of five Divas to hold both the Women's and Divas titles.[14] She was released from the company on April 22, 2010, after which she returned to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

In TNA, James won the TNA Knockouts Championship three times and the 2013 TNA World Cup with Team USA. She left TNA in September, 2013.[15][16] Between WWE and TNA, James is a nine-time champion, which is a national record[17][18] and is also the only person to hold the WWE Women's, WWE Divas and TNA Knockout Championships in wrestling history.[19] PWI ranked James as the number one female wrestler in 2009. James was also voted "Woman of the Year" in 2009 and again in 2011 by readers of PWI magazine.

Early life[edit]

James was born in 1979 to Stuart James, a retired wastewater treatment worker and landscaper, and Sandra Knuckles, a Hanover County teacher and real-estate agent.[20] Her parents eventually divorced while she was still young. She also has many siblings including one full sister, one half-sister, a half-brother, and three stepbrothers.[20] She grew up in Montpelier, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1997.[20][21] While growing up, she spent a lot of time on her grandmother's horse farm, and developed a keen interest in equestrian sports.[21] She played violin for five years.[22]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (1999–2003)[edit]

A fan of professional wrestling from an early age, James attended a professional wrestling school in the Washington, D.C. area at the suggestion of a friend.[21][23] She made her professional debut on the independent circuit in 1999 as a valet for KYDA Pro Wrestling under the ring name Alexis Laree, a name created as the result of a combination of her stage name from when she was a dancer and her middle name.[1][10][24] As Laree, she managed several male wrestlers, including managing Tommy Dreamer to win the KYDA Pro Heavyweight Championship.[12][25] In March, she wrestled in her first match, an intergender tag team match with Jake Damian against American Mike Brown and Candie.[12] She trained to improve her wrestling abilities by attending training camps such as the Funking Conservatory, a workshop run by Dory Funk, Jr., and an Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) dojo. She also started competing for Maryland Championship Wrestling, where she trained at camps run by Ricky Morton and Bobby Eaton.[10][12] Beginning in 2002, she also made appearances in Ring of Honor.[7]

Due to the low salary of the independent shows, James supplemented her income by working as a waitress at an Olive Garden restaurant,[3] and posing nude for the porn magazines Leg Show & Naughty Neighbors .[26]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2003)[edit]

While working in Ring of Honor for a year, James also debuted as Alexis Laree in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the company's second ever weekly pay-per-view as a participant in a lingerie battle royal.[11][27] She was not prominently featured until March 26, 2003, when she teamed with Amazing Red as part of his feud against Kid Kash—the X Division Champion—and Trinity.[10][28] Weeks later, she became the first member of The Gathering, a stable led by Raven in his feud against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett.[10] On April 16, Laree became the first (and thus far, only) woman to compete in a Clockwork Orange House of Fun match after the Gathering challenged and defeated Jarrett.[12][29] She continued to wrestle with the stable when they feuded with The Disciples of the New Church, taking part in an angle with Father James Mitchell burning her with a fireball and wrestling in another Clockwork Orange House of Fun match before leaving the company.[30][31][32]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2003–2005)[edit]

After two years of sending tapes and making phone calls, as well as wrestling a tryout dark match with Dawn Marie, James was signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), who sent her to train at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), their developmental territory at that time, in August.[3][10][12][24] Still using the Alexis Laree name, she began making television appearances for OVW on January 29, 2004 and competed in several tag team matches throughout the year.[33][34] She also won a Halloween Costume Contest on October 30 and defeated Jillian Hall in a $1,000 match on November 12.[2][35]

On May 17, 2005, Laree was placed into a tournament for the OVW Television Championship. She defeated Mike Mondo in the first round, only to lose to Blaster Lashley in the next one.[33][36] She began a feud with Beth Phoenix on July 20 after Phoenix interrupted Laree during an interview, setting up a match on July 29 which Laree lost.[33][34] Their angle continued into September, with Shelly Martinez being added to the storyline to side with Phoenix against Laree. On October 12, she appeared in OVW under her real name and finished the year on the losing end of matches against Martinez and Jillian Hall.[33]

Trish Stratus's fan (2005–2006)[edit]

James at a Raw live event

Mickie James debuted in WWE on the October 10, 2005 episode of Raw, continuing to use her real name, under the gimmick of WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus' biggest fan.[4][37][38] The angle had the two WWE Divas competing together in tag team matches, with James' character becoming increasingly obsessed with Stratus.[39][40][41] The storyline included a Halloween Costume Contest in which James was dressed like Stratus and helped Stratus retain the Women's Championship in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday by eliminating herself and Victoria at the same time.[42][43] She even began utilizing Stratus' signature finishing moves as her own during matches. James became the number one contender for the Women's Title on December 12 by defeating Victoria in a match to determine who would face Stratus at New Year's Revolution.[44] Subsequently, the storyline between Mickie and Trish developed into a lesbian angle after Mickie had a kiss with Trish under a sprig of mistletoe.[4][13][45] In the championship match at the pay-per-view, James lost to Stratus but continued to be enamored of her the next night on Raw, and she confessed her love for Stratus at the Royal Rumble.[13][46]

Despite the defeat, James continued to be enamored of Stratus which made her feel uncomfortable.[47] On March 6, 2006, the storyline had Stratus confronting James, telling her that they needed time apart from each other.[4][13][48] Through the early part of 2006, James would attack Massaro several times due to Ashley calling her crazy. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, James defeated Massaro with then Women's Champion, Trish Stratus, as the special guest referee.[49] Massaro got her revenge one week later by pinning James in the rematch on Raw.[50]

The duo teamed together at the March 18, 2006 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria. After the match, Mickie agreed to honor Trish's wishes and attempted to kiss her. After Trish pushed her away, Mickie attacked Trish in the ring and later vowed to destroy her, establishing her heel turn.[4][13][51] The feud between James and Trish culminated in a Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 22, where James won the match, and became the new Women's Champion.[52] Her angle with Stratus continued into Backlash during a rematch after Stratus legitimately dislocated her shoulder when James threw her out of the ring.[53][54]

Women's Champion (2006–2008)[edit]

James and Jamie Noble at a Puerto Rican house show

Mickie James dropped the Women's Title on August 14 to Lita after Lita hit James with the title belt.[55] After the Women's Championship was vacated due to the retirement of Trish Stratus, James entered a tournament to determine the new champion.[56] She defeated Victoria and Melina in the qualifying rounds before making it to the finals at Cyber Sunday, where she lost to Lita. James turned face after her and Lita wrestled in a series of matches in which Lita chose stipulations to hinder James' wrestling ability.[57] The storyline feud ended at Survivor Series, where James defeated Lita, in a retirement match, to win her second Women's Championship.[58]

An angle was then created between Mickie James and Melina, beginning on January 29, 2007, when Melina became the number one contender for the Women's Title.[59][60] Following a successful title defense on February 5,[61] James teamed with Super Crazy in a mixed tag team match against Melina and Johnny Nitro. After Melina pinned Mickie for the victory, she challenged her to a rematch for the title.[62] James dropped the Women's Championship to Melina on February 19 and, in continuation of their storyline feud, failed to regain the title during WWE's first women's Falls Count Anywhere match.[63][64] During the finish of the match James fell from the turnbuckle and landed on her neck, which resulted in a rushed finish. James, however, was not seriously injured.[65]

James in 2007

The scripted feud between Mickie James and Melina restarted on April 2 when James interrupted and attacked Melina during a photo op on Raw.[66] At a house show in Paris, France on April 24, James won her third Women's Championship during a Triple Threat match that also involved Victoria. Since Mickie pinned Victoria, however, and not Melina, Jonathan Coachman announced that a rematch would take place immediately. James dropped the title back to Melina, giving her the shortest Women’s Championship reign in WWE history.[67] James later got rematch for the title at Backlash but was unsuccessful. After Backlash, James would make sporadic appearances on television wrestling occasionally in tag-matches and rarely in singles competition. On the November 26 episode of Raw, James defeated Melina in a number one contenders match for Beth Phoenix's Women's Championship,[68] setting up a title match between the two at Armageddon, a match in which Phoenix successfully defended her Women's title.

On the April 14, 2008 episode of Raw, held in London, Mickie James defeated Beth Phoenix to win her fourth Women's Championship.[69] At Judgment Day James successfully defended her title against Melina and Beth Phoenix in a triple-threat match. James re-entered into a feud against Phoenix in mid year 2008 where she and Kofi Kingston teamed up against Phoenix and Santino Marella. At SummerSlam in a Winner Take All tag team match for both the Women's and Intercontinental Championships, James and Kingston lost their titles to Phoenix and Marella.[70] After James lost her Women's Championship, she had two rematches for the championship but was unsuccessful in regaining the title.[71][72]

Divas Champion and SmackDown (2009–2010)[edit]

James and Kelly Kelly after a tag team match against Maryse and Beth Phoenix in 2009

Following an appearance in the 25-Diva battle royal at WrestleMania XXV,[73] James began feuding with WWE Divas Champion Maryse heading into Night of Champions on July 26. At the event, James defeated Maryse to win her first Divas Championship, becoming only the second Diva in history to have held both the Women's and Divas titles.[74] Throughout the summer, James successfully defended the title against Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix on episodes of Raw,[75][76] and against Alicia Fox at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 4.[77] Two weeks later on Raw, James dropped the belt to Jillian Hall after an approximate three month title reign.[78] After the show, James was moved to the SmackDown brand for the first time in her career due to a Diva trade made by Raw guest host Nancy O'Dell.[79]

Mickie James with the troops at Camp Ramadi in Iraq.

James made her SmackDown debut on the October 23 episode of SmackDown by defeating Layla.[80] On the October 30 episode of SmackDown, a controversial angle began that saw WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool and Layla (collectively known as LayCool) bully James. On the November 6 episode of SmackDown, after James defeated Layla, McCool gave James the name "Piggy James", that sent James to tears, resulting in a five-on-five elimination tag team match at the November pay-per-view event Survivor Series, where James' team prevailed over McCool's team with James and Melina as the sole survivors.[81] On the December 3 episode of SmackDown, Mickie became the number one contender for McCool's title by defeating Beth Phoenix and Natalya in a triple threat match.[82] The following week, Mickie challenged McCool for the Women's Championship at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, but was unsuccessful after interference from Layla.[83][84] The storyline feud continued into the Royal Rumble on January 31, 2010 where Mickie finally defeated McCool to win her fifth Women's Championship. Over the next couple of weeks, SmackDown consultant Vickie Guerrero was introduced into the rivalry, choosing to side with LayCool over James. On the February 26 episode of SmackDown, McCool used her rematch clause to face James for the Women's Championship, with Guerrero acting as special guest referee. After Vickie slapped Mickie in the face, McCool pinned her to regain the title.[85]

On March 9, WWE.com announced that James was diagnosed with a staph infection on her right knee and that she would be out of action for three weeks.[86] She returned on the March 22 episode of Raw, where alongside Kelly Kelly, she accompanied Eve Torres, Beth Phoenix and Gail Kim in their losing effort against McCool, Maryse and Layla, who had Vickie Guerrero and Alicia Fox in their corner.[87] This set up a 10-Diva tag team match at WrestleMania XXVI in which Mickie made an unsuccessful in-ring return after Vickie pinned Kelly following a "hog" splash. During the match, Mickie deliver the DDT to Michelle McCool.[88] James made her last appearance on Raw during a rematch when her team was victorious. James' final match in WWE aired on the April 23 episode of SmackDown where she teamed with former rival Beth Phoenix against LayCool in a losing effort when she was pinned by Layla.[89] She was released from WWE one day earlier on April 22, having pre-taped her SmackDown match.[90] According to James, WWE explained the decision as due to desiring to move in a new direction with their women's division.[91]

Return to the independent circuit (2010–present)[edit]

James made her in-ring return in April as part of World Wrestling Council (WWC), teaming with Carlito to defeat the team of ODB and Christopher Daniels. James won the bout, pinning Daniels after a Mickie-DT.[92] On July 11 as part of their Anniversary weekend, she defeated ODB in a singles match. On the last day of that month, James returned to one of her early promotions, Maryland Championship Wrestling, to wrestle Mia Yim in a winning effort.[93] The following month she contested for the Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) Championship against Mercedes Martinez but lost.[94] She also returned to Dory Funk's promotion, recording a tag team match for !Bang! TV. James also accompanied Dory Funk, Jr. during his match, and sung the "Star Sprangled Banner" during !Bang! TV's tribute to the troops.[95] On September 18, 2010, James served as a special guest referee for a three-way ladies match between ODB vs Persephone vs Kristin Flake for the SCWA Ladie's Title during Southern California Wrestling Association's (SCWA) "CAGED" event in Wentworth, North Carolina where all matches were set in a cage.[96][97]

In early 2011, James began appearing for Covey Promotions. At All or Nothing 5 on April 30, James defeated Hannah Blossom to become their first Women's Champion.[98] On June 18, 2011, James made her debut for the Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) at Triplemanía XIX, where she teamed with Angelina Love, Sexy Star and Velvet Sky to defeat Cynthia Moreno, Faby Apache, Lolita and Mari Apache in an eight woman tag team match.[99] James returned to AAA on July 9, teaming with Sexy Star to defeat the Apaches in a tag team match, after which she challenged Mari to a match for her AAA Reina de Reinas Championship.[100] On July 31 at Verano de Escándalo, James competed in an eight–way match for the Reina de Reinas Championship, becoming the last person eliminated by the new champion, Pimpinela Escarlata.[101] During her time with TNA, James has also made several appearances for independent wrestling promotions such as Pro Championship Wrestling, Legends of the Ring, Northeast Wrestling Show and National Wrestling Superstars.[102]

James made her debut for Pro Wrestling Elite (PWE) in Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland on September 15, 2012 at History Is Born, where she fought Kay Lee Ray to a no contest.[103] After the match, James teamed up with Ray in a winning effort against Carmel and Nikki Storm. The following night, James competed against Carmel in a winning effort.[103] James made a return for Pro Wrestling Elite at their two year anniversary event Elite Bro, on July 20, 2013, in a winning effort against Nikki Storm via a Mickie-DT.[104] On September 21, 2013, Mickie James made an appearance at Wrestling Spectacular 2 all-female event in Edison, New Jersey alongside many former WWE and TNA female talent such as Angelina Love, Katarina Waters, Rosita and Brooke Adams. Mickie and Angelina fought in the main event, with Candice Michelle as a guest referee, where Angelina pinned Mickie after an interference from Velvet Sky.[105][106] James was advertised appear once again in Big Time Wrestling in August 2013, wrestling Reby Sky a few times in different dates and locations, winning in all bouts against Sky.[107][108][109] On October 12, 2013, Mickie again appeared for the promotion, beating Quebec's Midianne in Bristol, Connecticut.[110] On February 8th 2014, James returned to Maryland Championship Wrestling for the Anniversary 2014 event in Joppa, Maryland to face Angelina Love, promoted as "Battle of the Bombshells". Although originally promoted as a singles match, interferences by MCW's Renee Michelles' and Jessie Kayes' rivalry occurred in the middle of the match, which resulted in the match being turned into a tag team match with Mickie and Renee facing Angelina and Jessie. Mickie and Renee won the bout. [111][112]

Return to TNA Wrestling[edit]

Feud with Madison Rayne (2010-2011)[edit]

On September 22, 2010, it was reported that James had signed a contract with TNA Wrestling and would return to the promotion on the October 7 live episode of Impact!.[113] James returned to TNA on October 7's Before The Glory special episode of Impact!, announcing that she would be the special guest referee for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship match between Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and Tara at Bound for Glory.[114] At the pay-per-view, James counted the pinfall which made Tara the new Women's Knockout Champion, prompting Rayne to shove James amidst an argument with Tara, and James replying with a punch.[115] On the following episode of Impact!, Tara lost the title to Rayne while James made her intentions for the Women's Knockout title clear, after a confrontation with the new champion.[116] James wrestled her first match the following week, defeating Sarita, before being attacked by Rayne's ally, Tara. James wrestled her first TNA pay-per-view match at Turning Point, where she battled Tara to a double disqualification.[117]

On the November 18 episode of Impact! James defeated Angelina Love to become the number one contender to the championship.[118] At Final Resolution James was defeated by Tara in a Falls Count Anywhere match, following interference from Rayne after she sprayed a fire extinguisher and hit James with the Knockout Title belt.[119] On the following episode of Impact! James defeated Tara in a Steel Cage match.[120] On January 9, 2011 at Genesis, James lost her match against Rayne for the Women's Knockout Championship due to interference by Tara.[121] The following month at Against All Odds James once again failed to win the Women's Knockout Championship, this time losing to Rayne in a Last Knockout Standing match, after another interference by Tara.[122] On the March 17 episode of Impact!, Rayne agreed to give James one last title match at Lockdown with the added stipulation that should James fail to win the title, she would have her hair shaved off.[123] On March 18, James separated her shoulder at a house show in Jacksonville, Florida.[124] James's injury was put into a storyline, where it was caused by Rayne and Tara running over her in a motorcycle.[125]

Knockouts Championship reigns (2011–2013)[edit]

On April 17 at Lockdown, Mickie James defeated Madison Rayne in a steel cage match, which lasted less than a minute to win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship for the first time.[126] James became the first woman to have held the WWE Women's Championship, the WWE Divas Championship, and the TNA Women's Knockouts Championship.[127] On the May 5 episode of Impact!, James made her first successful title defense against Ms. Tessmacher.[128] On May 15 at Sacrifice, James successfully defended her title against Rayne and in the process helped Tara get a release from her exclusive contract with Rayne.[129] The following month at Slammiversary IX, James successfully defended her title against Angelina Love, however after the match both Love and Winter attacked her.[130] On the June 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, James was defeated by Winter in a non-title Street Fight, following outside interference from Love.[131] This led to a match on August 7 at Hardcore Justice, where James lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Winter, following multiple interference from Love and a red mist from Winter.[132] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated Madison Rayne to earn a rematch for the title.[133] On August 25 at the tapings of the September 1 episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated Winter to regain the Women's Knockout Championship.[134][135] On September 11 at No Surrender, James lost the title back to Winter.[136] On the September 22 episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated Brooke Tessmacher to earn a shot at the TNA Women's Knockout Championship at Bound for Glory, in a four-way match with champion Winter, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky, who would eventually leave the pay-per-view as the new champion.[137][138]

James at the tapings of Impact Wrestling in 2012.

On the November 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated nine other knockouts in a gauntlet match to earn a match with the new Women's Knockout Champion, Gail Kim.[139] On December 11 at Final Resolution, Gail defeated Mickie to retain the Women's Knockout Championship, following a distraction from Madison Rayne.[140] In the main event of the December 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, James challenged Kim for the Women's Knockout Championship, but was defeated following interference from Madison Rayne.[141] On the January 5, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling, James and Traci Brooks failed to capture the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship from Kim and Rayne.[142] Three days later at Genesis, James failed in her Women's Knockout Championship challenge against Kim, after being disqualified for using the brass knuckles that were thrown into the ring by Rayne, who was locked in a cage hung in the air during the match [143] On the January 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated Rayne in a steel cage match.[144] On the January 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, James and Velvet Sky were defeated by Tara in a triple-treat match number one contenders match for the Knockouts Championship.[145] On the April 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, James was defeated by Sky in a six-way number one contenders match, also involving Angelina Love, Madison Rayne, Tara, and Winter.[146] On the June 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, James again failed to earn a shot at the Women's Knockout Championship in a four-way match, during which she started showing signs of jealousy towards Sky.[147] On the June 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, James was chosen over Sky as the next challenger for the Women's Knockout Championship, but failed to recapture the title from Miss Tessmacher.[148] James' storyline with Sky ended abruptly the following month, when Sky was granted her release from TNA.[149] On the August 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Mickie James unsuccessfully competed in a four-way number one contenders match involving Gail Kim, Tara and the eventual winner Madison Rayne.[150] After a three month absence, James returned to in-ring action on the November 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, winning a Knockouts battle royal to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockouts Championship.[151] On December 9 at Final Resolution, James was unsuccessful in winning the championship from Tara after a distraction by her boyfriend Jesse.[152] James received another shot at the Women's Knockouts Championship on the December 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Tara.[153] On January 13, 2013, at the Genesis pay-per-view, James competed in a five woman gauntlet match to determine the number one contender to the TNA Women's Knockout Championship, but was eliminated by Gail Kim.[154]

Mickie James in 2013 against Taeler Hendrix.

On the April 18 of Impact Wrestling, Mickie James defeated Miss Tessmacher to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockouts Championship.[155] James received her title shot the following week, but was defeated by defending champion Velvet Sky.[156] On the May 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, James defeated Sky after attacking her injured knee to win her third Women's Knockout Championship.[157] The following week, James began showing signs of a heel turn when she called out Velvet Sky, seemingly acting sarcastic and pompous towards her, and also did not help Sky when she was attacked by Gail Kim.[158] James solidified her villainous turn on the June 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, when she attacked Sky after Sky announced that she was ready for a rematch. James also debuted a new submission move that night, a variation of the Cross-legged STF move created by James herself. [159] James and Sky finally had their rematch on the June 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, where James retained her championship after forcing Sky to submit to her new Cross-legged STF hold.[160] On the July 4 episode of Impact Wrestling, James justified her recent actions by claiming that getting to the top of the Knockouts Division requires clawing and scratching your way to the top; James also claimed that no woman would ever be as great as her and she'll stand atop the division as the greatest Knockouts Champion of all time.[161] On the July 25 episode of Impact Wrestling, James successfully defended the Women's Knockout Championship against Gail Kim.[162] At the September 6 airing of Knockout Knockdown, James overcame the villainous Serena Deeb in a singles match to qualify for the gauntlet battle royal final. Gail Kim and James were left as the sole survivors in the final. Kim then pinned James after feigning injury to be crowned "Queen of the Knockouts".[163][164] James lost the Women's Knockout Championship on September 12 tapings of the September 19 episode of Impact Wrestling to ODB. Four days later, James failed to come to terms on a new contract.[165] James later stated in an interview that she technically wasn't under contract with TNA, but she did not confirm that she was gone.[166] On November 15, 2013, James appeared in an interview on WWE.com, discussing her history and the possibility of a return to the WWE.[167] At the December 6 airing of World Cup of Wrestling, James was announced as a member of Team USA along with James Storm, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Kenny King. James was defeated by Team Aces & Eights' Ivelisse in a singles match following interference from Aces & Eights. Team USA defeated Team Aces & Eights in a tie-breaker 5-on-5 elimination tag team match. Storm and James were presented with the trophy afterwards.[168][169]

Music career[edit]

Mickie James
Genres Country music
Years active 2010–present
Labels Entertainment One
Website http://www.mickiejames.com/

James' first country music album, Strangers & Angels, was released on May 18, 2010 on iTunes. The album was self-released with an independent team. On December 2, 2010, James released a new country single called, "Hardcore Country" which is also used as her TNA theme song. A music video for the single was first shown during Mickie's first appearance on TNA Spin Cycle. For her second album, James joined a Kickstarter campaign in order to partially fund the album. Fans who contributed donations will receive special items from the campaign. The online campaign was a success, with a total pledge of $16,500 out of a $5,000 goal. The funds helped to produce the first six songs off the album. The album, called "Somebody's Gonna Pay" was released on May 7, 2013 under the label Entertainment One (eOne) Music and debuted on the music charts at #15 on the Billboards Heatseekers charts [170][171] James has also filmed a music video for her new single called "Somebody's Gonna Pay" off her second album of the same name. The video features former WWE Women's Champion, Trish Stratus and fellow TNA Superstar Magnus. TNA founder, Jeff Jarrett was also on set of the video in Nashville. Jarrett did not appear in the video but taught James how to swing a guitar.[172] While she worked for TNA, James also toured around the country holding small concerts in various venues.

James has opened shows for Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, Gretchen Wilson and Rascal Flatts. James has also performed at the popular CMA Music Festival in 2011. James has again performed at the CMA Fest in 2013, where Eric Young and James Storm made an appearance at the event as well. Other musical appearances James has made are the 2013 Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) benefit concert on August 24, 2013 [173] and World Chicken Festival in London, Kentucky on September 28, 2013 [174] James is currently touring around the States performing songs off her new album, making appearances and holding promotions for the album. In 2014, James collaborated with country artist Cowboy Troy and TNA wrestler James Storm on a song called "Is Everybody Doing OK", which is featured on Cowboy Troy's album, King of Clubs. [175] [176] [177][178]

Studio albums[edit]

Strangers & Angels[edit]

Strangers & Angels
Studio album by Mickie James
Released May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)
Genre Country
Length 40:40
Label Entertainment One
Producer Kent Wells
Mickie James chronology
Strangers & Angels Somebody's Gonna Pay
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Are You With Me"   Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins 3:12
2. "Hollywood Movie Moment"   Don Goodman, Mickie James, Brad Wolf 3:07
3. "I Call The Fight"   Evie Nicole, Jackie Dipillo 3:44
4. "Freedom Song"   Chris Tompkins, Mark Irwin, Josh Kear 3:16
5. "Strangers & Angels"   Chris Tompkins, Jess Cates, Kara DioGuardi 4:15
6. "Make Me Feel Like A Woman"   Connie Harrington, Maria Cannon-Goodman 3:55
7. "Fallin' Over Again"   Jennifer Zuffinetti, David Brainard 4:35
8. "When You Come Home Tonight"   Robin Lee Bruce, Connie Harrington 4:04
9. "I'm No Good At Pretending"   Don Goodman, Mickie James, Brad Wolf 3:06
10. "Don't Apologize"   Mickie James, Tommy Wood 4:14
11. "Dumb Bitch" (Bonus Track) Amanda Williams, Stacy Donahue 3:12
Total length:
40:40

Somebody's Gonna Pay[edit]

Somebody's Gonna Pay
Studio album by Mickie James
Released May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)
Genre Country
Length 45:57
Label E1 Music
Producer R. S. Field, Jeff Lysyczyn (exec.), Al McManus (exec.), Dale Oliver, Jamie Lee Thurston
Mickie James chronology
Strangers & Angels Somebody's Gonna Pay
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somebody's Gonna Pay"   Jamie Hartford 3:49
2. "Best Damn Night"   Mickie James, Porter Howell, Jamie Lee Thurston 3:52
3. "Whatever Turns You On"   Dan Tyler, Billy Ray Reynolds 3:17
4. "A Good Time"   Bridgette Tatum, Lorna Flowers 3:37
5. "Long Way Down"   C. Michael Spriggs, Craig Wiseman 3:48
6. "If I Can't Be Me"   Odie Blackmon 4:20
7. "Goin' Fast"   John Paul White, Gary Nichols, Kris Bergsnes 2:43
8. "I'm Gone Song"   J. Collins, Tom Shapiro, Rivers Rutherford 4:18
9. "80 Proof"   Mickie James, Buck Reuss 4:43
10. "Hurts Don't It"   Kerry Kurt Phillips, Michael Higgins, Larry Haack 3:39
11. "I Just Wanna Do My Thing"   J. Thurston, George Teren, P. Howell 4:34
12. "Hardcore Country" (Bonus Track) Mickie James, Dale Oliver, Serg Salinas 3:11
Total length:
45:57


Guest work[edit]

Title With Album Year
Is Everybody Doing OK [179] Cowboy Troy and "The Cowboy" James Storm King of Clubs 2014

Other media[edit]

James, along with Ken Anderson, represented WWE at the 2008 Republican National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election.[180] On April 13, 2008, James, along with Layla, Melina and Kelly Kelly, appeared in an episode of Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp.[181] On September 5 of that same year, James appeared on the USA Network show Psych, playing a roller derby girl called Rita "Lethal Weapon" Westwood in a Season 3 episode titled Talk Derby to Me.[182][183] James made a special appearance on Redemption Song which is hosted by Chris Jericho along with Candice Michelle, Maryse, and Eve Torres. It was originally aired on November 12, 2008.[184] In 2012, James was featured in Bucky Covington's music video for his song "Drinking Side of Country".[185] In June 2013, James starred in a Dr Pepper advert, which was part of the company's new advertising program. It featured "One of a Kind" individuals talking about the role of Dr Pepper in their lives.[186]

Personal life[edit]

James owns three Morgan horses named Rhapsody, Bunny and Casanova.[187] After she has finished her wrestling career, James plans to own a farm and be an equine trainer.[5] James also owns two dogs, one named Butch and a Miniature Pinscher named Elvis.[188] Outside of wrestling, James has received her Associate of Arts degree in business administration and is studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree in operations management.[187]

She was previously engaged to wrestler Kenny Dykstra.[189][190] James is part Native American of the Powhatan tribe.[191][192] James has two tattoos: a symbol meaning 'love' on her ankle, a dragon that wraps around it, .[193] James is a fan of Equine Sports and American Football, and is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.[194]

In wrestling[edit]

James preparing to perform a Mickie–DT on Angelina Love.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mickie James is a five-time WWE Women's Champion.
  • Dynamite Championship Wrestling
    • DCW Women's Championship (1 time)[6][218]
  • Impact Championship Wrestling
    • ICW Super Juniors Championship (1 time)[219]
  • Premier Wrestling Federation
    • PWF Universal Women's Championship (1 time)[6]
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Women's Championship (1 time)[6]
  • Ultimate Wrestling Federation
    • UWF Women's Championship (2 times)[6]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Hair Mickie James Madison Rayne Cincinnati, Ohio April 17, 2011 Title vs. Hair match at TNA Lockdown[126]

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