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Я|R Exclusive Interview: IMPACT Wrestling star Mickie James

Updated: Apr 7

The IMPACT legend will put her career on the line on Friday the 13th, when she faces Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Division Championship at Hard to Kill.

This isn't the first time that Mickie has risked it all, as she continues her 'Last Rodeo' through the ranks of IMPACT Wrestling. However, she hasn't faced someone as young and powerful as Grace, who has developed into one of the cornerstones of the Knockouts Division. 'Thick Momma Pump', always in phenomenal shape, has upped her game recently and is comfortably enjoying her second reign as the titleholder. She captured the crown last June.

With all the cards on the table, Mickie James spent some time with to discuss her career, the legacy of the Knockouts Division, and (of course) her upcoming title shot at Hard to Kill this Sunday.

Hardcore Country says that she's been blessed since her debut with IMPACT Wrestling 20 years ago

Some of James' first major exposure in the industry was when she appeared for IMPACT's earlier incarnation, TNA Wrestling, in the early 2000s as Alexis Laree. It was far before there was even a Knockouts Division, and James would come back to the company a handful of times over the years.

During those different tenures, she contributed to the growth of female performers and helped forge a Hall of Fame legacy.

"I never thought back then that I would still be in this position today," James told as she prepared for Hard to Kill. "I was fully aware of how short a female's career was on television, getting into it, and I was hoping to try and change that."