Mickie James says she and Trish Stratus had to fight for Royal Rumble moment and explains how she returned to WWE in 2016

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Mickie James says she and Trish Stratus had to fight for Royal Rumble moment and explains how she returned to WWE in 2016

It’s fair to say Mickie James is one of the most important women in WWE history, especially given her ability to work with two different generations of talent.

The six-time world champion was a high profile star in WWE when the women were still participating in pillow fights and bra and panties matches, but she has also had bad ass matches with some of the pioneers of the women’s revolution.

Mickie James is a WWE legend

Still, in the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble back in 2018, arguably the biggest reaction in the match came when early 2000s stalwarts James and Trish Stratus came together.

These two had a generational feud that helped launched James as a legitimate star in WWE and the fans sure remembered.

When speaking to talkSPORT, James revealed that the moment wasn’t originally in the plans. She and Stratus had to fight to make it happen.

“We weren’t originally supposed to be in the Royal Rumble at the same time,” James explained. “We just went to them and said ‘I think we’re missing out on a really key moment.’ Obviously there are current storylines that are happening now [to consider].

“This is just perhaps how far women’s wrestling has come since then, but those key building moments with Beth [Phoenix], Layla, Michelle McCool with that whole piggy James thing, those emotional rollercoasters – those examples are just in my career – but there are women that have paved the way since then.

The crowd went crazy for Mickie James and Trish Stratus again

The crowd went crazy for Mickie James and Trish Stratus again

“We sometimes forget about some of that stuff just because it’s taken us so long to get here. And how special those moments were for us as a fans and the history in that sense.

“I’m so thankful that we fought for it. I’m so thankful we had that moment to go ‘Ok, it’s just the two of us.’ And the people reacted! The people reacted and it was like ‘ah! Oh, thank you, thank god!’ [laughs]. This is amazing.

“You could see the genuine smiles coming across our faces. We were just like ‘Yes! We were good! We are good!’ [laughs],” James said.

James first returned to WWE to face Asuka at NXT TakeOver in late 2016.

From there, WWE would make a pitch to bring James back full-time, but the 41 year old revealed she had tried returning to WWE sooner and hadn’t gotten anywhere.

“It was out of nowhere, honestly. It was so random,” James said of the call to return to WWE.

“I think that after I had Donovan, I was kind of reset. I didn’t sign back with TNA real full-time and I kind of slowed down my bookings on the independents. I tried to go back to WWE prior to having Donovan, so I kind of gave up on that possibility happening for me at that point.

“So I was almost at that stage in my career before the call eventually came where it was like you know what, I should be very, very proud of my career. There’s always that competitive side of you that feels you have something to prove, but I felt I should be proud and I think I’ve done a lot more than I ever expected.

Mickie James returned to WWE after a six year hiatus

Mickie James returned to WWE after a six year hiatus

“Even if I just step away now, it would be fine. So then I’m at peace with myself and all of a sudden – we were travelling back to England to see Nick’s family – we got a call.

“It was Mark Carrano [WWE senior director of talent relations] and he was seeing if I was interested [in facing Asuka at NXT TakeOver]. Of course I was!

“I’d preyed about that moment and to get that one last chance to show yes, I still kick butt. I kicked it when I was there before and I still kick it now.

“So I was so grateful for that chance and Asuka was huge. She was pushed so big at the time. I wasn’t actually familiar with all of her work at the time, but I went back and got familiar with what she had done there, who she was and what she was doing so I was already super impressed.

Mickie James and Asuka met again on RAW last week but the match came to a premature end

Mickie James and Asuka met again on RAW last week but the match came to a premature end

“And it was a challenge to take on the new breed of wrestling fan and new breed of wrestlers that were coming up and show that I could still rock and roll with them.”

“Hunter called me after [TakeOver] and he was like ‘Hey, we want to bring you back full-time if you’re interested, would you be interested? And I was like of course I would! Absolutely, thank you. That day I was out at the farm cleaning horse stalls when he called me [laughs].”

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