Micke James’s husband, Nick Aldis, says he’s excited for his wife’s match tomorrow night on NXT Takeover, but is it just the beginning?


Mickie James (art credit Grant Gould © PWTorch)

Mickie James is scheduled to wrestle Asuka tomorrow on NXT Takeover, which will be broadcast live on WWE Network. It’s her first match in WWE since 2010, when she was released from the company during her prime. Her husband, Nick “Magnus” Aldis, told me she is excited for the opportunity and always hoped to return some day.

“Obviously, she is excited about it,” he said on a recent PWTorch Livecast (listen here). “She is incredibly proud of her WWE career, as she should be, and she always held on to a hope that she would have a chance to at least return. She always said she wanted to finish her career there. I’m not trying to imply that’s what she’s doing at this point. She’s very glad and I’m very pleased and honored she’s been able to reestablish her relationship there. Obviously it’s the big time, man. It’s the business.”

As for ring rust, that shouldn’t be an issue. Other than when she was pregnant with their baby, she’s stayed active the last six years, including a strong run in TNA where she was the TNA Knockouts Champion three times, including reigns lasting nearly six months and four months. She’s also worked independent dates, including shows she and her husband promoted in the United Kingdom.

“She can still ‘go.’,” says Aldis. “She’s as good as she’s ever been, if not better. Watching her work over the years, she’s got even that very unique ability now to sort of really show what a veteran she is in the ring, which is a very difficult thing to do. She’s so comfortable in there now and there’s so much charisma that it’s fun to watch her. When we promoted our live events, she was always the driving force as far as the popularity and the ticket sales and stuff like that. I can pat myself on the back a little bit and say there are markets in the UK where I do very well.”


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Having the chance to wrestle Asuka is particularly exciting given Asuka’s top level work inside the ring. It’s a dream match for a lot of fans of both wrestlers. “I know that she and Asuka are going to tear the house down,” Aldis said. “Asuka’s fantastic. Mickey, she can work with anyone. But I think this particular match-up is very good for her style because she sells so well and she has such great movement. She’s a great babyface. It’ll be a great.”

Aldis and Mickie now live near the WWE Performance Center, which may have been helpful from a pure geographic convenience standpoint in getting on the Takeover show. There’s no flight to book or hotel room to reserve for this appearance. Aldis said the move to the Orlando area wasn’t based on its proximity to the Performance Center. “It was not a strategic move on our part (laughs). We happened to find the right place that we wanted. I wanted to come back to Florida (where he lived during his TNA stint) and she wanted a place for the horses, so this was the ideal place and we loved it here.”

Is this the first step to a full time return to the WWE roster? Aldis doesn’t know, but it sounds like Mickie is open to it. “As far as I’m aware, it’s completely by ear at this point,” he said. “I feel like once they see what she does and, more importantly, see the fan reaction, which I think is going to be huge, I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t lead to more. Clearly, I’m not the right guy to ask because I don’t have a very good handle on what they’re thinking and what they want.”

Keller’s Analysis: Mickie just seems like a perfect addition to the WWE women’s division, especially now that it’s split in half. Given the range Mickie has shown on her promos in WWE and later in TNA, she would be more than “just a good veteran hand” in the ring. She could be one of the centerpiece heels or babyfaces on either Raw or Smackdown. She’d also help other women with limited experience in the ring get better and gain from her wisdom. It just feels like a no-brainer to bring her on board full time if she looks as good tomorrow night as people rightfully anticipate she will against Asuka.

CHECK OUT THE FULL 74 MINUTES IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH NICK “MAGNUS” ALDIS HERE

In the full interview, he also talks about the status of his career, frustration with not getting a chance with WWE, what he thinks of what’s happened regarding TNA ownership lately, why he doesn’t feel like he’s a great fit for a certain aspect of the independent wrestling scene, and much more.

PWTorch Livecast Interview Thursday (11-10-16): Nick “Magnus” Aldis joins Wade Keller

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1 Comment on Micke James’s husband, Nick Aldis, says he’s excited for his wife’s match tomorrow night on NXT Takeover, but is it just the beginning?

  1. Maybe Mickie doesn’t have “ring rust” but her kayfabe skills sure need some work. If you go to her website she’s had for many weeks an appearance December 11 at a Toys For Tots event in Oklahoma listed on her schedule. The significance of that? It falls right smack in the middle of NXT’s tour of Australia. Are we REALLY supposed to believe that NXT has Asuka featured as a star that’s coming there (she’s on the static ad with Samoa Joe, Nakamura & Bobby Roode plus in the video ad with more) only to take the title off her & not have it defended in Australia? Or, would they book Mickie to win the title & screw over such an amazing charity like Toys For Tots 2 weeks before Christmas by sending her to Australia using the “stars subject to change” clause at the end of the video? DOUBTFUL!

    This was “stunt booking” at its finest to fans Triple H hoped couldn’t type http://www.mickiejames.com in their browsers or smartphones. AT BEST, we may see some sort of screw job finish to make Mickie look good (old school NWA double pin?) or a time limit draw so Asuka can retain. WORST CASE SCENARIO is a clean win by Asuka, meaning Mickie’s trip was just a “one & done” pay day since there’d be no need to give her such a highly public audition. Unless there’s an injury we don’t know about, I’d guarantee that belt is going to Australia with Asuka.

    There’s been one intriguing name that popped up around the Interwebs as a rumor for a run-in who WOULD be available Saturday, is booked in Australia for an indy gig the day before the NXT tour starts & was pictured as recently as late September having “a reunion” with Mickie in Orlando. However, by attacking Mickie & somehow getting title shots of her own for it, that would set up a heel vs heel program for Australia w/ Asuka which makes even less sense. Also, that particular woman said on Periscope in September that she was taking indy bookings (she’s now confirmed on the indys through February 2017) to see if she could handle a possible full time WWE return but had not signed or been offered anything. Frankly, that run-in rumor is so remote, I won’t even mention her name.

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