Don’t let her Southern charm fool you; since defeating her former “besty” Velvet Sky for the Knockouts championship, Mickie James has developed quite the ego and a mean streak.
Her new attitude stemmed the night she blatantly took advantage of Velvet Sky’s recovering knee injury; an injury Velvet told Mickie in confidence. Then Mickie avoided giving Velvet her rightful rematch with the air of a caring friend looking after her friend’s best interest.
“You’re not medically cleared to face me,” harped Mickie James. Then, as Mickie predicted, Velvet failed to recapture the title because her knee wasn’t 100%.
Can you blame Mickie James for winning the Knockouts title the way she did? As a champion, Velvet Sky had a target on her back and a direct bull’s-eye on her knee. In the spirit of competition, Mickie did nothing wrong; but as a friend, there’s a reason why the saying goes, “It’s lonely at the top.”
But who needs friends when you’re also a famous country recording artist? Jeremy Borash remarked on Mickie James’ live concert from Nashville, stating the level of Mickie’s arrogance for wearing the Knockouts title around her waist throughout her performance.
Whether wearing a championship to a non-wrestling event is a sign of arrogance or a sense of pride; dismissing the significance of the Knockouts ladder match is arrogant. A few weeks ago, Mickie proudly stated that the history making moment of the week was her concert; not the physically demanding match between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell to determine her next challenger.
In her latest title defense, Mickie benefited from an altercation between Gail and the KO referee ODB. Will that championship match go down in the record books as history making? Far from it. But we do have to give the devil her due for being opportunistic.
In order to get far in this business, one must make the most out of every opportunity: Mickie made the most of Velvet’s knee injury; and she made the most of Gail Kim’s short temper towards female referees.
Answer the Question: Is Mickie James the heartbreaking, history making, Knockouts champion of the century?
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[Watch Mickie James’ promo while perched on a ladder – courtesy of TNA’s Official YouTube Page]