When an obsessed fan of Trish Stratus appeared on RAW on October 10th, 2005, small did any person expect that she would a single day surpass her idol and earn her 4th WWE Women’s Championship in less than three years.
However, on hindsight, who is actually shocked? Mickie James is, right after all, a femme fatale.
Hi, and welcome to the first edition of Femme Fatale, a column that appreciates the finer side of the wrestling globe – the girls. From WWE Divas to TNA Knockouts, from Joshi Puroresu to G.L.O.R.Y. Girls, I will function the very best from the previous, present and I will even throw in some future predictions. But not each female wrestler qualifies as a femme fatale. No, for someone to be featured, they want to meet two significant criteria.
Firstly, they have to be seductive. A correct femme fatale is somebody who can use her femininity as a weapon. She wants to be an individual who is conscious of how potent she can grow to be in order to get what she desires, when she wants it. She is a person who charms these about her and makes use of them as she pleases.
Secondly, they have to be lethal. The femme fatale knows how to draw her targets into compromising, hazardous, sometimes even deadly scenarios. Moreover, she does it not in an clear manner, but uses subterfuge to accomplish her hidden agenda.
No 1 typifies the femme fatale much more than Mickie James, the existing WWE Women’s Champion. From the initial moment we spotted her on WWE tv, we knew she had what it took to accomplish arguably the greatest prize in the sector. But let’s appear at her six-year journey towards that very first title reign.
Mickie Laree James was born August 31st, 1979 and began her professional wrestling career at the age of 20 as a valet to the likes of Tommy Dreamer and Julio Dinero. Calling herself Alexis Laree, she wasn’t basically content material to be eye candy at ringside, receiving physically involved in one match soon after yet another. She even helped Tommy Dreamer win the KYDA Pro Heavyweight Championship. Eventually, her adore for the industry led her to get in the ring and compete against established opponents like Allison Danger and Lexie Fyfe, until the name Alexis Laree became connected with fast-paced, exciting wrestling in Maryland Championship Wrestling and other federations in the East Coast independent scene.
In the years that followed, possessing verified herself a lot more than capable of attracting fans to shows that she was booked on, Alexis Laree started to win titles and cement her reputation. In 2001, she won a battle royal for the Southern Championship Wrestling Diva title. Much less than two years later, Alexis Laree was hot home, winning numerous titles across several promotions. In reality, 2003 was a watershed year for the young specialist wrestler. She not only became the 1st Cyberspace Wrestling Federation Women’s Champion, beating the likes of Serena and April Hunter, but also beating Billy Reil to win the Impact Championship Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Title! All in all, Alexis Laree held six distinct titles that year, most of them simultaneously.
But even greater things were to come for the young femme fatale. In April of 2003, Alexis Laree went for a WWE tryout match against her excellent friend Dawn Marie. The very next day, she was scheduled to seem on an NWA:TNA pay per view with Julio Dinero as element of Raven’s new group The Gathering in a now infamous Clockwork Orange Home of Fun match. It was this involvement with Raven on a national level that really propelled Alexis Laree additional into the limelight and into the consciousness of the wrestling fanatics.
Having spent many months with TNA, Alexis Laree finally took the most crucial step in her career and had a tryout match with Dawn Marie before signing a developmental deal with the WWE in August 2003. She was quickly sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, exactly where she swiftly stood out among the other female hopefuls, which includes Jillian Hall and Melina.
It was in OVW that Alexis Laree began to evolve the persona of Mickie James that we are all familiar with today. Her high power, in-your-face attitude was exactly what RAW required to spice up their roster that was acquiring a tiny stale from the boring Diva Search. Of course, it was challenging not to notice her ridiculously short skirts that hid really tiny when she bounced about the ring, pulling her hair. Usually, it was challenging to establish exactly where her true character ended and her kayfabe gimmick began. A single point is for positive: Mickie James is a correct wrestling fan, who counts former WWE Diva Lita as one of her all-time favourites.
On RAW, even so, it was Trish Stratus who received the honour of being paired with Mickie James. On October 10th, 2005, the future Women’s Champion made her very first RAW appearance as the then-Women’s Champion’s largest fan. In what may have been a subtle hint from the WWE to the a lot of of its fans who can be a small intimidating when face-to-face with their favourite Superstars, the debuting Mickie James turned out to be also overwhelmed when provided the opportunity to function with Trish Stratus.
Mickie James took her fandom to heights by no means observed ahead of. At the start off of the following month, throughout Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday, she dressed up as Trish Stratus (total with entrance music and fake title belt) and then went on to remove herself and Victoria in order to aid Trish retain her title.
In the months that followed, Mickie James began to use moves like the Trish Kick, which she renamed the Mick Kick, as properly as the Lou Thesz press that were signature moves of Trish Stratus. Ironically, although, in the course of a #1 Contender’s Match on RAW in December 2005, Victoria was able to counter the Mick-a-Rana (however an additional signature move borrowed from Trish) but was unable to defend against a vicious Standing Tornado DDT that was extremely a lot a Mickie James original.
With the win more than Victoria, Mickie James was now the #1 Contender to the title held by Trish Stratus. In the weeks major up to New Year’s Revolution, Mickie James started to play head games with her opponent and idol. Outside the ring, Mickie James followed her idol everywhere, and in a now infamous episode – kissed Trish Stratus beneath the mistletoe during the Christmas RAW episode. The following week, Mickie followed Trish even into the shower room, where she strategically held up a towel in order to catch a glimpse of her favourite Diva’s naked physique.
Despite all the psychological confusion amongst the two Divas, Trish Stratus was ultimately in a position to defend her title successfully at New Year’s Revolution. Nonetheless, Mickie James continued to subtly push for a lesbian relationship with the Women’s Champion, significantly to the indignation of Ashley, who deemed Trish a mentor figure.
Ashley warned Trish about Mickie, calling her a ‘psycho’, which only led to a jealous Mickie executing a series of vicious attacks on her “rival”. This culminated in a match at the 2006 Royal Rumble, exactly where Mickie confessed her enjoy for Trish, who was the unique guest referee. Ultimately, Trish was forced to tell Mickie in March that they required some time apart. Despite Mickie’s broken heart, she persevered and became Trish’s tag team companion at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Nevertheless, that evening marked the turning point of Mickie’s infatuation with Trish, when she turned on her idol with a Mick Kick and gave her a taste of her personal Stratusfaction. Mickie later mentioned that Trish had broken her heart, and now she was going to break Trish.
So it was that at Wrestlemania 22, on the grandest stage of them all, Mickie James after once more challenged Trish Stratus for the second time that year. The Women’s Championship was on the line, and as opposed to the New Year’s Revolution match, there was no enjoy lost among the two competitors. It was a brutal match that saw each females take out months of frustration and emotional turmoil on every single other. Mickie played her psychotic part nicely, taking sadistic pleasure in inflicting pain on her former idol. Amazingly adequate, midway via the match, it was clear that Mickie’s intensity was resonating with the thousands in attendance. They began cheering with every offensive move that connected with the Women’s Champion as Mickie James gradually won their admiration.
Finally, it all came down to a enormous powerbomb by Trish Stratus that threatened to finish the epic match, but Mickie James kicked out and then delivered her patented Mick Kick to the head, knocking Trish semi-concious and enabling Mickie to pin her and win her first WWE Women’s Championship, much to the delight of her new fans.
Mickie’s profession in the WWE following her very first title reign has naturally observed its ups and downs. She lost the title later in 2006 to Lita, but her increasing reputation resulted in a face turn. Following the retirement of Trish Stratus, she would as soon as again feud with Lita over the title belt, wrestling in a series of matches prior to winning the title for a second time at Survivor Series. This also gave Mickie James the privilege of wrestling Lita’s final match in the WWE.
In 2007, as Women’s Champion, Mickie James was involved in a feud with her OVW rival, Melina which climaxed in the initial ever Women’s Falls Count Anywhere Match in March. The following month, Mickie won her third title at a home show in Paris, only to shed it minutes later to Melina. That would be the closest that Mickie came to the title for most of the year.
On November 26, nonetheless, Mickie James defeated Melina in a #1 Contender’s match for the Women’s Championship, then held by “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix, setting up a title match between the two at Armageddon, a match in which Beth Phoenix successfully defended her Women’s title.
It was around this time that rumours were going around that Ashley was supposed to get a title push soon after Wrestlemania 24. Even so, simply because she was injury prone (she has had several surgeries on her ankle) it was broadly believed that this push would have to be offered to somebody else.
In a roster that prized each looks as effectively as athleticism, only 1 credible face could turn out to be a appropriate replacement. This was none other than Mickie James, who ironically replaced her a single-time rival Ashley as the subsequent Women’s Champion. Hindsight proved that this replacement could not have been timed much better. Much less than a month later, Ashley received some bad press about her former involvement in an on-line escort service.
So it was that, on the April 14th 2008 edition of RAW, held in London, Micke James defeated “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix to win her fourth Women’s Championship.
This weekend, at Judgment Day, Mickie James faces what may arguably be her toughest challenge however. A triple threat match with Melina and Beth Phoenix with the Women’s Title on the line. Will the 4-time Women’s Champion prevail against such unsafe odds? Only time will tell. Yet we can be positive of one particular factor, Mickie James will not go down with no a fight.