Sep 12, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Mickie Laree James
Weight: 124 lbs.
Date of birth: August 31, 1979
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Pro debut: 1999
Trained at: KYDA Pro Training School
Finishing move: Inverted DDT
- On April 26, 2001, Laree won a battle royal in Raleigh, NC to win the SCW (Southern Championship Wrestling) Diva title.
- Laree defeated rival Tara on November 3, 2001 on a Maryland Championship Wrestling show in Paw Paw, WV.
- In MCW, Laree managed “The Hot Commodity” Julio Dinero.
- Laree beat Ariel on April 12, 2003 in Philadelphia, PA for the Ring of Honor promotion.
- On April 15, 2003, Laree worked with Dawn Marie in a WWE try-out match in Norfolk, VA.
- The next night, on a NWA TNA PPV, Raven flock members Dinero and Laree defeated Jeff Jarrett in a “clockwork orange house of fun” match.
- On April 26, 2003, Laree defetaed Simply Lucious with an inverted DDT in West Mifflin, PA.
- In August 2003, Laree signed a WWE developmental contract.
- On February 7, 2004, Laree, Chris Cage and Tank Toland defeated Nova, Aaron Stevens, and Trudi Denucci.
- On March 30, 2004, Laree and Jillian Hall defeated Gail Kim and Passion.
- Laree teamed with Jilian Hall and picked up a victory over Passion and Shaniqua on May 21, 2004.
- On June 18, 2004, Laree and Matt Capotelli defeated Joey Matthews and Melina.
- On August 13, 2004, Laree pinned Beth Phoenix.
- On October 30, 2004, Laree (a Butterfly) won a Halloween Costume Contest against Shaniqua (Dominatrix), Lulu (Little Red Riding Hood), Trudi Denucci (a Cat), Ms. Blu (a UK Cheerleader), Passion (1920′s Gangster), Melina (She-Hulk), and Jilian Hall (Herself).
- At OVW Crusade Rumble 2004, Laree, accompanied by Passion, pinned Hall, accompanied by Melissa Coates, in a $1,000 match.
- On June 17, 2005, Laree teamed with Seth Skyfire and won over Mike Mondo and Ms. Blu (Vanessa Harding).
- On October 10, 2005, Laree (now being called Mickie James) debuted on “Raw.”
- At the 2006 Royal Rumble, James defeated Ashley. Just before the match, she told special guest referee Trish Stratus that she loves her.
- At Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago, IL, James pinned Trish Stratus to capture the WWE Women’s title.
- James defeated Lita in her retirement match at the Survivor Series ’06 to regain the Women’s title in Philadelphia, PA.
- At New Year’s Revolution ’07, James defeated Victoria to retain the Women’s title.
- At the 2007 Survivor Series, James, Maria, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly defeated WWE Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, Melina, Victoria & Layla in a 10 Divas Tag Team Match.
- James defeated Beth Phoenix at the Raw tapings in London, England on April 14, 2008 to regain the WWE Women’s title.
- At Judgment Day ’08, James successfully defended the Women’s championship by beating Melina and Phoenix.
- At Night of Champions ’08, James defeated Katie Lee Burchill to retain the Women’s title.
- James (as Lara Croft) was voted the Divas Halloween costume contest winner at Cyber Sunday ’08.
- At Armageddon ’08, James, Kelly, Maria, and Michelle McCool defeated Maryse, Jillian Hall, Victoria and Natalya in an eight-diva Santa’s Little Helper tag team match.
- At Night of Champions ’09 in Philadelphia, PA, James pinned Maryse to win the Divas title.
- On October 12, 2009, James was traded to Smackdown.
- At Survivor Series, Team Mickie (Mickie James, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Melina, and Gail Kim) defeated Team Michelle (Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Beth Phoenix, Layla, and Alicia Fox).
- James defeated Michelle McCool at the 2010 Royal Rumble in Atlanta, GA to win the WWE Women’s championship.
- WWE released James on April 22, 2010.
- In October 2010, James returned to TNA.
- At Lockdown ’11, James defeated Madison Rayne to win the TNA Knockouts title in Cincinnati, OH.
- At Sacrifice ’11, James defeated Rayne to release Tara from her contract with Madison.
- James defeated Angelina Love at Slammiversary ’11 to retain the Knockouts title.
- In September 2013, James won the Hot 100 women of wrestling tournament.