During her WWE career, Mickie James has held the WWE Women's Championship five times and the WWE Divas Championship once. On April 15, 2021, the Stamford federation announced her sacking along with that of other superstars due to budget cuts.
The effects of the global pandemic have forced the company to take a series of drastic measures to stay alive. On July 17, 2021, Mickie made a surprise appearance at IMPACT Wrestling's pay-per-view Slammiversary, inviting champion Deonna Purrazzo to show up at EmPowerrr.
Subsequently, James defeated Purrazzo in the 2021 edition of 'Bound for Glory' On January 7, 2022, WWE announced that Mickie James will take part in the women's Royal Rumble match alongside other legends like Lita and Michelle McCool.
During an interview with 'Notsam Wrestling', the 42-year-old from Richmond said she didn't worry too much after her farewell to WWE.
Mickie James on her WWE release
“When WWE told me I was going to be released, I didn't panic.
I knew that I would be able to find another place in wrestling, I had no doubts about it” - confessed Mickie James. “I love this business and have dedicated a good part of my life to wrestling. I didn't reach this level by chance.
I was convinced that there was also life outside the WWE, especially in such a historical period. There are many ways to prove your worth nowadays "- she explained. Former WWE manager Dutch Mantell commented on James’s addition to the Royal Rumble: “I think WWE was in desperate need to add big names to this year’s edition.
Mickie James is under contract with IMPACT Wrestling now, so she has no obligations to WWE. She is a superstar who attracts the attention of the public. At the same time, it's paradoxical that the Stamford-based company brought back a star who was released less than a year ago.
It's not always easy to understand Vince McMahon's choices, you have to be honest." Mickie said that she was excited to represent the IMPACT Knockouts Division at one of the big four events of WWE. James replied that she was counting on it when asked whether she would walk down to the ring with the Knockouts title.
Here's what Mickie had to say: "I hope so [carrying the Knockouts World Championship to the Royal Rumble]. I mean I intend on. It kind of goes with me everywhere. So yeah." James is a former six-time WWE Women's Champion. She was released from the company during the pandemic back in 2020 due to budget cuts.