Impact Wrestling On Mickie James Entering The Royal Rumble – As noted earlier, on tonight’s SmackDown episode Mickie James was announced for the 30-women WWE Royal Rumble match and she was specifically referred to as the current Impact Knockouts Champion by Pac McAfee. Impact was also referenced in a tweet from WWE’s official social media accounts.
As if it wasn’t made clear during the live SmackDown broadcast, Scott D’Amore’s tweet pretty much confirms that there is some sort of relationship between WWE and Impact Wrestling.
D’Amore quote tweeted WWE’s tweet:
“Well, well, well… congrats to @IMPACTWRESTLING Knockouts WORLD Champion @MickieJames and congrats to @WWE for finally walking through the forbidden door. Welcome to the party! See you at #HardToKill tomorrow on @FiteTV”
It’s unclear if there’s more planned for this partnership or if this is just a one and done situation. WWE needed to bring in outside talent because they’ve released so many people in the past year that there’s only a handful of women on the main roster. There are some good wrestlers in NXT but most of them are not ready.
Impact Wrestling also issued the following:
In a stunning development, it was announced tonight that reigning Knockouts World Champion Mickie James will be one of the entrants in the WWE’s annual Royal Rumble in St. Louis on January 29.
The shocking news came on tonight’s edition of WWE SmackDown! and has been confirmed with IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice-President Scott D’Amore.
Speaking from Dallas, D’Amore said: “WWE wanted it, Mickie wanted it and IMPACT Wrestling’s philosophy is always to work with other major promotions to create buzz for the fans. Everything is signed and agreed with WWE and IMPACT Wrestling – the only question is whether or not Mickie will enter one of WWE’s most historic annual matches as the reigning Knockouts World Champion.”
That, of course, refers to James’ massive rematch with Deonna Purrazzo at the huge HARD TO KILL Pay-Per-View Saturday night (January 8) in Dallas.
The pair will collide in a Texas Death Match with the Title on the line. HARD TO KILL is available in North America on major cable & satellite providers and WORLDWIDE via FITE. Order now: https://www.fite.tv/watch/hard-to-kill-2022/2pafo/
D’Amore added: “There’s never been a time like this for wrestling fans. In a 12 month period, IMPACT Wrestling has worked with NWA, AAA, New Japan, AEW and now WWE. IMPACT Wrestling is the nexus of the forbidden door era.
Impact Wrestling On Mickie James Entering The Royal Rumble