Mickie James Wants To Wrestle In WWE And AEW As IMPACT Knockouts World Champion
Mickie James wants to take the IMPACT Knockouts Title to WWE and AEW
In 2022, Mickie James opened the proverbial ‘forbidden door’ between IMPACT and WWE, when James appeared in the Royal Rumble as the reigning and defending IMPACT Knockouts World Champion.
James recently landed the title for a fifth time with victory over Jordynne Grace at Hard to Kill on January 13, and during a recent episode of Busted Open Radio, James admitted she wants to defend the gold in other promotions:
“I did say, if I won this championship, that I intend on making this my greatest reign ever and to become the greatest Knockouts World Champion of all time,” said James. “In order to be a world champion, it needs to be represented worldwide. IMPACT has been so gracious to me and it's no secret that they are down to do great business. They always try to do what is best for the company and really have an open mind when it comes to a lot of things and are progressive about a lot of things. You talk about that match with Sasha [Mercedes Mone], that's one match we never got at WWE. We never had a singles match and it's one thing we always wanted. With her at Stardom and New Japan, that opportunity to have that singles match would be incredible. To go against someone at AEW, that's a door I've never walked through before. Britt Baker or Jamie Hayter, she's the champion, I love her. She's fantastic. Someone like Jade Cargill, who is an anomaly, she's an attraction, that would be two parallel universes, two different worlds colliding. That would be cool. I was blessed to go back to WWE for the Rumble last time, but there are a lot of women, Charlotte (Flair), Bayley, Becky (Lynch), people who I never really had a chance to be me in that ring and show what I could truly do. That match with Asuka is probably my greatest match when I was back at WWE the last time, and I had some incredible moments and got to do WrestleMania with Alexa (Bliss), but I didn't have the opportunity to present Hardcore Country until the Rumble, but also remind people of who Mickie James is in the ring. That's one thing about this time with IMPACT, I reminded a lot of people and earned that respect back on a serious note. I would pray for something like that. I would really like to make this title reign something remarkable and special. I don't know how many I have left in me."
James continued, "It's not about wins or losses, obviously I want to be a champions champion, I don't want to lose, but to be able to have the opportunity to test myself against a whole new class of women when there are opportunities now that were never available before. It's exciting. It would be a really good, not only wrap-up to my career, but for this title run to be special for me and to the fans. It would be an opportunity to give the fans something different and unexpected all the way around.”