In an insightful and candid conversation on "Gabby AF," wrestling icon Mickie James shared her reflections on her extraordinary appearance at the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble, a moment that she describes as "surreal". This revelation comes after her notable transition from WWE to Impact Wrestling, where she claimed the title of Knockouts Champion.
The circumstances of James's participation in the Royal Rumble were unique, marked by a blend of competition and collaboration between rival wrestling franchises. Notably, James didn't just participate; she made a statement by entering the ring with her Impact Knockouts Championship belt and to the tune of her signature "Hardcore Country" theme.
This move symbolized not only her individual achievements but also a groundbreaking moment of cross-brand representation in the wrestling world. James's return to the WWE ring was unexpected, especially considering the context of her departure from the company in 2021.
"It was a crazy feeling and a bit surreal," she remarked. She expressed a mix of hope and disbelief at how swiftly her career trajectory shifted back to WWE, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the wrestling industry.
James Eyes WWE Return
A former WWE Women's Champion, James is currently not under contract with Impact Wrestling, stirring speculations about a potential full-scale return to WWE.
She openly shared her aspirations for future WWE appearances, particularly at the Royal Rumble. "I'm not coming back at this Rumble unless I'm winning," she stated with confidence, envisioning a "Hardcore Country WrestleMania" scenario.
When probed about her dream opponent at WrestleMania 40, should she triumph at the Rumble, James didn't hesitate to name WWE Women's World Champion, Rhea Ripley. "Rhea... I've never faced her. I never had a chance to even wrestle her, and I think, you know, Mami needs to take on the mother," she declared, setting the stage for a potentially epic showdown.
James's journey and ambitions encapsulate the dynamic and often unpredictable world of professional wrestling, where alliances shift, rivalries intensify, and legends like Mickie James continue to make their indelible mark.