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Mickie James (born August 31, 1979) is an American professional wrestler. She was signed to a developmental contract by World Wrestling Entertainment in October 2003. In October 2005 she was promoted to the main roster and assigned to the RAW brand. She wrestled for six years using the ring name Alexis Laree. She is the reigning WWE Women's Champion.
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Mickie James made her professional debut in the summer of 1999 as a ring valet for KYDA Pro Wrestling in Manassas, Virginia. She started out managing some of the most popular stars in the promotion such as Steve Corino and Tommy Dreamer, but eventually found herself being drawn into feuds with other wrestlers and their valets and managers. Eventually Mickie chose to step into the ring as a wrestler herself. Although most of Mickie's matches have been against women, some of her most memorable matches would be against men. She scored her first big win in a match against Sean Lei. One of the most highly acclaimed matches she has participated in was in June 2003 for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a member of The Gathering. She teamed with Julio Dinero against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett in a 2-on-1 Clockwork Orange House of Fun match. This match pits competitors inside a steel cage adorned with weapons of various types. Laree's career has gone through many promotions. In late 1999 she expanded out to other promotions including all-female promotions Beautiful Babes of Wrestling (BBOW) and Professional Girl Wrestling Association (PGWA). She probably made her largest impact wrestling for Maryland Championship Wrestling, where she engaged in several long-running feuds.
In January 2001, Mickie made her debut appearance for two new women's promotions, Dangerous Women of Wrestling (DWOW) and Women's Extreme Wrestling (WEW). Both promotions worked together to promote women's wrestling with a hardcore edge, and WEW had regular monthly pay-per-view matches. James' feuds from here include matches against "Prime Time" Amy Lee, Dee-Dee Venturi, a re-ignition of her feud with Candie from MCW, and the start of a new series of feuds with "Simply Luscious" Ronnie Stephens. Her matches against Stephens stretched to many independent promotions in the northeast. She had a kayfabe sister called Valentina Laree as part of an angle during her indie days (when Mickie's ring name was Alexis Laree).
Mickie James lost her Women's Championship on the August 14, 2006 edition of RAW to Lita after she hit Mickie with the belt while Edge distracted the referee. Mickie then had a rematch on the August 28, 2006 edition of RAW, and lost again to Lita after she used the ropes for leverage. Mickie James was defeated by Trish Stratus on Stratus' last match on RAW on September 11 in Madison Square Garden, where both hugged each other followng the match. On the October 2, 2006 edition of RAW, Mickie defeated Victoria in the second match of Round 1 of the WWE Women's Championship Tournament where she advanced to the semi-finals. On the October 23, 2006 edition of RAW, Mickie pinned Melina with a Spinning DDT, in the first match of the semi-finals to advance to the finals on November 6th, 2006, at Cyber Sunday, but was defeated by Lita in the finals, when Lita pinned her after hitting her with a Lita DDT, winning her fourth Women's Championship. Mickie and Lita would then feud in a series of matches where Lita had an unfair advantage, having her legs shackled together, having one arm tied behind her back, and being blindfolded. At Survivor Series, she became a two-time Women's Champion by defeating Lita with a Tornado DDT. On the November 27, 2006 episode of RAW, Victoria won a battle royal and will soon face Mickie for the Women's championship.