Published on October 6th, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
Mickie James Discusses The History Between Her & Lita Ahead of Their “Evolution” Match
We are just three weeks away from the WWE’s All-women’s Pay Per View “Evolution” in Long Island, New York. Last month it was announced that WWE Hall of Famer Lita would go one on one with her former rival Mickie James.
Lita was recently interviewed by Gary Stonehouse of The Sun Sport and she spoke about finding out the news of her match with Mickie.
“We were told a while ago that there was going to be an all-women pay-per-view and they were still getting it together, but they asked if I’d be interested in being a part of it in some capacity – and I told them to count me in. That’s pretty much all the conversation was. I didn’t know if I’d be doing commentary or even just being invited to attend to support the women. And then I found out when you all did that Mickie James would be my opponent and I would not just be a part of Evolution but I’d actually be in the ring. That’s when you just hold your breath and go with it,” said Lita.
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I couldn’t be more #honored after tonight’s #announcement for #evolution vs @machetegirl … someone who was willing to help me when I was #nobody… someone I’ve looked up to my entire #career… someone I was able to make #history with! Now we are able to do that #Again & We’ve both come so far since the last time we faced each other. I #love you, I #admire you, and I have nothing but #respect for you & everything you’ve done as a #woman for our #business. However don’t forget my dear #friend, the last time we faced each other… I #retired you! #historyrepeatsitself #wwe #womenempowerment #womenswrestling #womenswrestlingmatters #hof #legend #Lita #LitaVsMickie
In 2006, Lita announced her retirement from the WWE, which ironically her last match was against Mickie James at Survivor Series in the Philadelphia. The ending of the match showcased Mickie James pinning Lita for the WWE Women’s Champion and concluded with the tag team “Cryme Tyme” selling Lita’s belongings.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Mickie James about her coming match at “Evolution” against her former mentor Lita.
“Most people know that Lita has been, as far as my wrestling career is concerned a big influence even before I came to the WWE. We met when I was working the independent scene in North Carolina. She’s always been so kind to me and helped me out a lot. For example, she pulled me aside back then when I was working my way up and gave me advice on what to do and what not to do in the ring. This was even before I got hired and kept coming in for tryouts. Telling my boss, “maybe you should look at this girl,” and she didn’t have to do that! Then also obviously allowing me to pitch ideas that ended up getting me on television and working with Trish Stratus. I’d always looked forward to being able to work with Lita. We didn’t really get a chance to work together until she was getting ready to retire”, James told me.
She would add “So, our big stint of finally being able to be in the ring together was when she was on her way out, which was bittersweet for me. I’d always wanted to work a program with her, and she’s saying goodbye as I’m getting to the height of my career. I think we have some unfinished business because of the way she left, and I think for her to have been able to come back and provide the girls with her focus when she was announcing, helping produce, and doing things backstage. Lita has so much knowledge she really paved the way both in the ring and how she’s made money. She was able to separate herself. Before Lita, women weren’t doing Moonsaults, Hurricanrana, and other highflying maneuvers. I think she really changed the game in the women’s division. I’m excited to work with her and to maybe give these young girls a little competition.