It’s been one week for the reason that stunning information that Mickie James can be a part of the upcoming 2022 WWE Royal Rumble. James is presently the IMPACT Knockouts World Champion and she or he just lately retained her title towards Deonna Purrazzo in a Texas Demise Match at Exhausting to Kill.
She was launched by WWE in April of 2021 and went to work with IMPACT! and NWA. What caught individuals without warning probably the most within the announcement that Hardcore Nation can be becoming a member of the rumble was that she is a present champ for IMPACT and it was acknowledged on WWE programming. One thing that has by no means occurred earlier than.
James sat down with Ariel Helwani and mentioned how this upcoming look had been led to.
“It was a number of weeks in the past, and Scott [D’Amore] had referred to as me first simply to form of see the place I used to be at and if I used to be . I feel instantly I used to be excited as a result of I take into consideration this traditionally has by no means occurred earlier than, for WWE to do that or to have anybody take part within the Rumble, particularly to acknowledge the championship. It’s actually, it’s cool. And it simply exhibits a special quantity of respect –I really feel actually nice about it. Plus, I feel, in my thoughts, the very last thing most individuals deliver up or speak about was on the opposite finish of the spectrum with and so it’s simply cool to not have that be the factor, or the very last thing, or no matter that’s. So i’m so excited, truthfully.”
“I really feel like Johnny [Laurinaitis] reached out to Scott, to first discuss to him professionally. It’s by no means been finished earlier than by them. Undoubtedly, they talked first to see if this was one thing (they may do). IMPACT labored along with WWE up to now for when Aptitude went within the Corridor of Fame and Christian Cage. It wasn’t unexpected that it might presumably occur, I feel that’s why Scott first reached out to me to see what my curiosity was and clearly we had been all capable of make this occur someway. I feel it was going to be a shock, we talked about having it a shock, however the announcement…the response again has blown my thoughts. It’s unbelievable, completely different, and form of historic and to be the particular person to do it’s actually cool.”
Mickie went on to say what her response was when she came upon she can be returning and when she came upon it was going to be introduced to the world.
“I used to be shocked, very shocked. I do know it’s not ever been finished, particularly for the ladies. All issues thought of, everybody from that camp, we’ve talked and there was apologies. I nonetheless keep a great relationship with everybody in that sense. Professionally, I feel it’s one thing to have the ability to do and hopefully open the door for future prospects of that. My knee jerk response was shock as a result of it’s not unparalleled and, particularly for me, it was like, ‘Oh, actually.’ It’s bizarre. It’s a bizarre place to be sitting.”
She continues with when she came upon in regards to the announcement, “Not till Friday. I used to be headed to IMPACT, I used to be driving round searching for a guitar when it aired on SmackDown. We had talked about it being a shock, however I feel Johnny and the camp needed to get it on the market as a result of they had been doing the announcement and the reveal that evening they usually needed to place it as a part of that. It labored out.
I used to be slightly apprehensive as a result of I knew Deonna and I had been going to be the primary occasion at Exhausting to Kill and IMPACT hadn’t introduced it as a result of internally, it was a dialog of ‘have a look at this factor we’re doing, it’s nice,’ it’s extra highly effective that it was simply going to be the primary occasion. That was my solely instantly reservation, ‘I don’t need it to step on something going into the Deonna match.’ It truly labored out higher as a result of I feel lots of people thought I used to be going to lose. Extra individuals thought I wasn’t going to maintain the championship as a result of I used to be going into the Rumble.”
With Mickie coming into into the Rumble match there are such a lot of questions followers presently have. Every thing from will this be a one-time look, will we see anybody else from IMPACT, and can she enter as Hardcore Nation together with her championship?
Her response on coming in as Hardcore Nation together with her Knockouts World Title, “I hope so. I intend on it. It form of goes with me in every single place. It’s my identification proper now. It’s vital as a result of I stepped away from WWE and have gone again to this Hardcore Nation character and it’s one thing who I used to be by no means capable of do, for no matter cause. I feel she had moments in there, however it was by no means Hardcore Nation Mickie James in that sense. It’s cool to deliver that to WWE. It’s who I’m and I’m the champ.”
You’ll be able to view the complete interview which additionally contains the notorious trash bag incident, if she ever had talks with AEW, and the way she feels about all of the WWE releases in 2021. Transcription credit score to Fightful.
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