Mickie James WWE Return Announced

IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James will be making a return to WWE. James is one of 19 competitors announced for the Women’s Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 29th.

During the January 7th edition of SmackDown, a video package aired, which announced multiple entrants for the Women’s Royal Rumble match. The list of entrants included current superstars and returning legends for the iconic match. Mickie James was amongst the names announced, which received a big cheer from the crowd inside the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The return of Mickie James to a WWE ring is surprising for 2 reasons. Firstly, James is currently signed to IMPACT Wrestling, where she reigns as the Knockouts Champion. It should be noted that both in the social media post and on commentary it was referenced that James is the top women’s champion of IMPACT Wrestling. Secondly, the circumstances behind James’ release in 2021 caused controversy for the company. Mickie received her belongings from WWE in a trash bag, causing backlash for the company from talent and fans alike.

The current announced competitors for the Women’s Royal Rumble are as follows:

  • Carmella – Raw
  • Dana Brooke – Raw
  • Nikki A.S.H. – Raw
  • Queen Zelina – Raw
  • Rhea Ripley – Raw
  • Tamina – Raw
  • Aliyah
  • Charlotte Flair – SmackDown [Charlotte is also the SmackDown Women’s Champion]
  • Naomi – SmackDown
  • Natalya – SmackDown
  • Shayna Baszler – SmackDown
  • Shotzi – SmackDown
  • Brie Bella – WWE Hall of Famer
  • Nikki Bella – WWE Hall of Famer
  • Lita – WWE Hall of Famer
  • Kelly Kelly – Free Agent
  • Michelle McCool – Free Agent
  • Mickie James – Free Agent
  • Summer Rae – Free Agent

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