Mickie James is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished wrestlers of her generation. She’s wrestled with a number of promotions during her 18 year career, but has achieved the majority of her success with the world’s biggest and the best, WWE. She’s won a staggering five Women’s Championship titles, and you can add a Divas Championship to her list of achievements too. But Mickie isn’t one of the best solely because of her in-ring abilities. She’s the best because she’s more than just a wrestler – she’s an entertainer – and just by gracing an event with her mere presence, she shines and sends the fans home happy; you can fake a lot of things in wrestling but you can’t fake crowd reactions – it’s always been genuine adulation for Mickie.
Fans were distraught when she and WWE parted ways. Mickie was very open in saying she wanted to return, and ask any fan, and they’d have expressed a desire to see Mickie back on the WWE roster too. Well, thankfully, it’s all worked out for everyone, because Mickie’s back where she belongs, and it won’t be long before she’s adding to her title haul.
We all know about the Mickie James in the ring, but what about Mickie James the actual individual? Over the years, Mickie’s been juggling wrestling with a lot of other commitments, and this has just added to her glittering life. These are 15 fascinating facts – things you didn’t know about one of the most popular divas of all time – Mickie James.
15 She’s A Real Country Girl
Mickie might have hit the big time and tasted the fame and fortune of being a highly decorated star with some of the world’s best promotions, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a real country girl at heart. She’s a country girl in every which way. I’ll get on to some of the reasons in a bit, but she stays in touch with her roots and expresses her love for all things country through her music. Yes, in addition to being an accomplished wrestler, she’s a more than decent country singer too. Singing’s a passion of hers, and she’s enjoyed making a career out of it and juggling it with wrestling over the past seven years. She released her first album in 2010, and has since continued to bang out the tunes, releasing another album a few years later, and a couple of singles thereafter.
14 Mickie’s A Violinist
13 She’s Had Relationships With Several Wrestlers
Now, no one can say that Mickie slept her way to the top. She’s way too talented, plus WWE let her go. But looking at her relationship history, one might be forgiven for thinking that was on her agenda. Either that or she just loves the companionship of male wrestlers.
12 Vince Was Steaming After Her First WrestleMania Match
Mickie must have had mixed emotions going into WrestleMania 22. She must have been chomping at the bit to get going, but it must have been nerve-racking for her too, with it being her first WrestleMania match and all. But that excitement quickly changed to terror when she walked backstage after the event to be confronted by a steaming Vince McMahon.
11 Close Friendship With Trish
That whole storyline involving Mickie and Trish Stratus really is one of the most memorable angles either woman has been involved in. Mickie made her debut on the main roster in WWE under the guise of being Trish’s biggest fan, but that admiration soon developed into an obsession – a lesbian angle was thrown in there too for good measure.
Well, Mickie might not be as close as that to Trish in real life, but they do actually have a really tight friendship and a tremendous amount of respect for each other. Whenever they’re down each other’s ends they hit each other up and rekindle that friendship they built up in WWE over a decade ago.
10 Her Background Of Horseback Riding
Most of those who end up making it pro have some sort of background in sports. Many have tried their hands at football, there’ve been quite a few gymnasts, and plenty of amateur wrestlers. This sporting background serves to give these athletes that competitive streak, and it helps them physically.
Mickie also has a sporting background, although it’s probably not what a lot of people would expect. When she was a youngster, she developed a passion for equestrian sports. She actually pursued this passion too, and trained horses, took part in various equestrian events and horse shows, and loved it all so much – which she still does – she actually wanted to make a career out of it.
9 Loves Horses, Other Animals And Wants To Run A Farm
Being a keen equestrian, you can probably guess that Mickie has a love for horses. But where did that love stem from? It all comes from her childhood. She basically grew up on a farm when she was younger. Her parents divorced when she was pretty young, so she ended up spending a lot of time on her grandmother’s farm. It was a horse farm, and so that’s where Mickie fell in love with horses and began competing in equestrian events. Even today when she’s one of the biggest names in female wrestling, she still finds time to feed her passion for all things horses – by feeding and taking care of her own horses. She owns three herself, but also just loves animals in general.
8 Successful With Three Of The Biggest Wrestling Promotions
Not many wrestlers can put a list of stellar wrestling promotions on their résumés. Some go through their respective career having just wrestled on the indies, others have managed to get a big break and get a contract with one of the major promotions out there. But very few can claim to have wrestled with three of the biggest companies. Very few have had stints with three of the biggest promotions in the industry and tasted success with each of them. We hope her current tenure will be another successful stint with WWE.
7 She’s Held The Women’s, Divas, And Knockouts Titles
Mickie’s most successful stints in pro wrestling have undoubtedly been with WWE and TNA. In WWE, she’s amassed a mightily impressive title haul, winning the Women’s Championship five times and the Divas Championship the once. She’s also tasted a huge amount of success with TNA – where it all started – and has won three Knockouts Championships. Anyone can tell it’s a pretty impressive feat to win these prestigious titles, but still, what’s the big deal?
6 She’s Well-Educated
5 Mickie James is Her Real Name
It’s unusual in this day and age for a wrestler to simply use their own name when entering the industry. Many come up with a list of names, and although it’s the company who’ll have the final decision, they all have their preferences when it comes to ring names.
4 Was Really Uncomfortable With The Whole ‘Piggy James’ Storyline
3 Lose Weight Or Lose Your Job
When you hear things like this, it makes it all the more stunning that Mickie James decided to return to the company.
2 Was Very Close To Quitting Wrestling
1 Her Son Loves Wrestling Which She Finds Frightening
Decisions, decisions, decisions – Mickie had to make a lot of potentially life changing decisions when Donovan was born. One was the possibility of walking away from wrestling for good, but thankfully, for us and the industry, wrestling didn’t end up losing one of its biggest stars.
But why didn’t Mickie say sayonara to the industry which she’d made her home? Her son also had a lot to do with her decision to stay in the game. He’s only a toddler right now, but he just loves what his mommy does and the industry she’s in. She puts wrestling on on the TV, and he’s just fascinated with it, with all the razzmatazz, the bright colors, costumes, etc. It’s pure theatre and little Donovan just eats it up – thankfully he does because otherwise we may not have seen Mickie in the ring again.
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