MICKIE JAMES: Mickie James discusses surprise call to enter the 2022 Royal Rumble

Posted on 1/15/122 by Colin Vassallo

Impact Knockouts champion Mickie James was a guest on The
Ariel Helwani Show today to discuss her surprise inclusion
in the Royal Rumble.

Asked point blank how she felt about getting the call, James
said, “Shocked, very shocked.” She noted that the company
never went out of their way to do something like this,
especially when it comes to women’s wrestling.

James said that she still maintained a good relationship
with everyone at WWE and they had apologized over and over
again regarding the trash bag incident. She said that it’s
super cool to be able to do this and hopefully it opens to
future possibilities.

“It’s weird place to be sitting in. It’s amazing what can
happen in a year,” she quipped.

She said that originally it was John Laurinaitis who called
Scott D’Amore to pitch the idea and then D’Amore called her
to see what she thought about it. Originally, her appearance
at the Rumble was going to be kept as a surprise but they
wanted the big announcement and she didn’t know they were
going to do it on Friday Night Smackdown on the eve of Hard
To Kill.

James said the announcement worked out better at the end of
the day because a lot of people thought that she was going
to lose the title to Deonna Purrazzo at Hard To Kill the
next day but now she gets to show up in St Louis still as
the champion.

She said she was grateful that WWE acknowledged her as the
Impact Knockouts champion on Smackdown, noting that it’s
very rare that they would do something like that.

“It felt amazing. It shows a level of respect and gratitude.
It was a cool move from their part and it’s cool to be able
to represent Impact,” James told Helwani.

Asked if this is a one-time deal, James skirted the question
and instead asked Helwani what if she wins? Then she gets to
go to WrestleMania. She hopes that she will be carrying the
title coming down the aisle at the Rumble and fans will get
to see the “Hardcore Country” Mickie James and not the WWE
version of herself.

James also discussed at length the trash bag incident and
said that Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, John Laurinaitis, and
Vince McMahon all called to personally apologize for what

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