Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mickie James reportedly signs with TNA

According to Diva Dirt, former WWE Women's Champion Mickie James has signed, or will sign, a deal with TNA Wrestling. After her embarrassing final year with WWE, I think this is not only good news for Mickie James, but great news for women's wrestling in the United States in general.

Mickie James left WWE after the beyond offensive Piggie James storyline, and things really haven't improved there in terms of presenting an entertaining women's division. WWE unified the Women's and Diva's Titles on Sunday at Night of Champions, which could be a step in the right direction, but there's little evidence that WWE plans to put more emphasis on talent and ability rather than eye candy. I'm a WWE fan through and through, but their presentation of women's wrestling has been my #1 complaint about the company since Lita and Trish Stratus retired, and their track record wasn't exactly stellar before that either.

TNA, on the other hand, had arguably the greatest women's division that an American wrestling company has ever seen with the Knockouts. Wrestlers like Gail Kim and Awesome Kong were tearing it up in the ring, and the women's segments were (and perhaps still are) consistently the highest rated of Impact. Things haven't exactly been as good lately with throwaway matches and confusing storylines, but it's still the one thing TNA does better than WWE. Add Mickie James into that mix, and TNA could pull even further away from the competition.

Mickie James is a big deal. No, it's not earth-shattering news that's going to change the face of TNA as we know it (for the tenth time this year), but she's exactly what TNA needs right now. She's extremely talented, has instant name recognition, and she's the kind of person they could build the division around. A stronger Knockouts Division can only mean good news for their ratings, and if more people are watching because they recognize Mickie James, they may stick around for the other names they recognize like Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy, then come to find some new guys they enjoy like The Pope or the Motor City Machine Guns.

There is no magic bullet for TNA, no matter how many times they've tried with extravagant plans, it never works, but as the old adage goes, slow and steady wins the race. The Knockouts Division is their constant, and with someone like Mickie James joining the fold, she could be a very important piece to their puzzle, so long as they stay patient and quit going for the quick fix.

Whatever impact, if any, this may have on TNA's business remains to be seen, but the good news is that one of the most talented female wrestlers in the country has a steady gig. I'm a big fan of Mickie and wish her the best of luck, she deserves every bit of success that comes her way.

2 comments:

  1. At least Mickie will be wrestling again. But I still hope she returns to WWE again one day.

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  2. I hope women's wrestling returns to WWE again one day.

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