Only days after it was announced that Mickie James was offered a full-time contract to return to WWE, PWInsider is reporting that the deal has been completed. James is expected to start appearing on television next month and to compete on the Smackdown brand. PWInsider has also stated that the contract is for three years.
James's return comes hot on the heels of her NXT TakeOver: Toronto match against Asuka for the brand's Women's Championship. Her return was announced in October by NXT General Manager William Regal, who hand-picked her as an opponent for "The Empress of Tomorrow." James would subsequently make her first WWE TV appearance in more than six years in order to hype the bout.
James's first run with the company lasted from 2003 to 2010 and saw her capture five Women's Championships and one Divas' Title. Her tenure on the promotion's main roster was bookended by some infamous angles - she joined the company as Trish Stratus's number one fan, though she eventually turned stalker and showed a sexual obsession with Stratus. Her last major program was a feud with LayCool in which the tandem repeatedly body-shamed James.
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
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