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Biography And Interesting Facts About Mickie James
Biography And Interesting Facts About Mickie James
Mickie Laree James-Aldis was born in August 31, 1979, is an American professional wrestler and country singer. She currently performs for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and Impact Wrestling, where she is the current Impact Knockouts Champion in her fourth reign. She is widely known for her time in WWE.
James began her wrestling career in 1999 as a valet on the independent circuit, where she was known under the name Alexis Laree. She trained in several camps to improve her wrestling abilities before working for NWA: Total Nonstop Action (NWA: TNA, later Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, now Impact Wrestling) in 2002, where she gained national attention. After only a few appearances, she joined a stable called The Gathering and was written into storylines with the group. She is the only woman to be involved in the promotion’s Clockwork Orange House of Fun matches.
James made her World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) main roster debut in 2005 and was placed in a storyline with Trish Stratus, in which James’ gimmick was that of Stratus’ biggest fan turned obsessed stalker, an angle which ran over eight months. She received a push and she won her first WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 22, a title she has held a total of five times. James also won her first Divas Championship defeating Maryse Ouellet at Night of Champions in 2009, to become the second of five Divas to hold both the Women’s and Divas titles. She is one of only five women who have held six or more WWE womens championships, the others being Charlotte, Trish Stratus, The Fabulous Moolah and Sasha Banks. She was released from the company in April 2010, after which she returned to TNA, where she became a three-time TNA Knockouts Champion. James returned to WWE in 2013 as a guest trainer. She then officially returned in 2016 before she was once again released in 2021, then ultimately returning to what was TNA and is now Impact Wrestling, winning her fourth Knockouts Championship, making James a total 10-time women’s world champion between WWE and Impact.
James was born at Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Stuart James, a retired wastewater-treatment worker, landscaper, and VAIL League Division 3 Championship coach and Sandra Knuckles, a teacher and real-estate agent. Her parents divorced while she was young. She has a sister, a half-sister, a half-brother, and three stepbrothers. She grew up in Montpelier, Virginia and graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1997. While growing up, she spent a lot of time on her grandmother’s horse farm, and developed a keen interest in equestrian sports. She played violin for five years. James is part Native American of the Powhatan tribe.
James’ first country music album, Strangers & Angels, was released on May 18, 2010, on iTunes. The album was self-released with an independent team. On December 2, 2010, James released another single called, “Hardcore Country”, which was also used as her entrance music with TNA and on their independent circuit appearances. A music video for the single was first shown during James’s first appearance on TNA Spin Cycle. For her second album, James joined a Kickstarter campaign in order to partially fund the album. Fans who contributed donations received special items from the campaign. The online campaign was a success, with a total pledge of $16,500 out of a $5,000 goal. The funds helped to produce the first six songs from the album. The album, called “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” was released on May 7, 2013, under the label Entertainment One (eOne) Music, and debuted on the music charts at #15 on the Billboards Heatseekers charts. James also filmed a music video for the song “Somebody’s Gonna Pay”, from her second album of the same name. The video features former WWE Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus and James’ then-fiancé Magnus. TNA founder, Jeff Jarrett, was also on set of the video in Nashville, Tennessee. Jarrett did not appear in the video, but taught James how to swing a guitar. While she worked for TNA, James also toured around the United States, holding small concerts at various venues.
James has opened shows for Montgomery Gentry, Randy Houser, Gretchen Wilson and Rascal Flatts. James also performed at the 2011 CMA Music Festival. James again performed at CMA Fest in 2013, where Eric Young and James Storm made appearances at the event. In 2014, James collaborated with country artist Cowboy Troy and fellow wrestler James Storm on a song titled “Is Everybody Doing OK”, which is featured on Cowboy Troy’s album, King of Clubs.
On November 19, 2016, James released a new song entitled “Shooting Blanks”. On October 14, 2017, James was inducted into The Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame. She also received a Nammy for “Song of the Year” for her recording “Shooting Blanks”. On October 13, 2018, James won “Best Single Recording” for her song “Left Right Left” at the Native American Music Awards.