A local softball legend, Mickie Laree James (born on August 31, 1979 in Montpelier, Virginia) is also an American valet turned professional wrestler, trained by the staff of KYDA and The Funkin' Conservatory. She has had multiple runs in the NWA, particularly in former member TNA, where she is a three-time TNA Knockouts Champion as well as a run in WWE between 2005 and 2010 where she is a former 5x WWE Women's Champion and a 1x WWE Divas' Champion. She has also competed, usually under the name Alexis Laree, for CHIKARA, AAA, Ring of Honor and has been a SCW Diva Champion (2001), FCW Ladies Champion (2002), CSWF Women's Champion (2003), Pro Wrestling Universal Women's Champion (2003), ICW Junior Heavyweight Champion (2003), DCW Women's Champion (2003) and more in many other independent promotions.That Other Wiki has a rundown on her life and career.
Whatever Mickie James's history was with Beth Phoenix wasn't revealed as Beth was sidelined with a broken jaw and was never reinserted in the storyline.
Her heel turn and feud with Velvet Sky looked to be aborted when Velvet left the company. She came back, however, and the story restarted after a while.
A Friend in Need: Back when they were friends anyway, Alexis Laree saved Jillian Hall from then WWE women's champion Molly Holly and Nikita Fink, and ended up putting an end to Jillian and Nikita's feud.
Bored With Insanity: Unlike Victoria, her change in behavior was addressed. Specifically, a single day of Trish acting the way Mickie had been most of the year made Mickie realize she had lost herself in obsession. But a lot of fans still didn't like it and considered her to have degenerated into a Trish Stratus clone.
Cain and Abel: Alexis Laree was the Able to Valentina's Cain (despite what Valentina had to say). The feud was started by Valentina's envy over big sister's success.
Celebrity Resemblance: To Alyssa Milano. The Miz compared her to Rachel Ray to emphasize how much better looking he thought Maryse was.
Chain Pain: Discussed when Mickie James laid out challenger to her Covey Pro Women's Championship Jessie Belle Smothers, who had hidden a chain in her shirt, causing the ref to suspect Mickie had used it. Jessie rolled up Mickie while tried to explain what had really happened.
Corpsing: Paul London/Santino Marella has burst on the scene spouting something so inane the rest of the locker room can but stare in confusion, anger or revulsion...except little Alexis/Mickie. Watch the camera frantically pan away!
Country Music: Dived into after leaving WWE, her theme "hardcore country" being self done.
Cute Bruiser: Especially with the childish persona she displayed in BBOW. She may have been kind and bubbly but pushing her buttons may lead to getting one of the best punches in the business. It remained, as Mickie James knocked out Winter during a 2011 TNA live even in San Francisco.
Dare to Be Badass: On the August 25th 2011 TNA Impact, Mickie reached the peak of her frustration with Winter's tricks, announced her intentions to leave everything in the ring and dared Winter to see if she could keep up. That Mickie wore a new head piece and long coat for added effect made it all the better when despite Angelina Love's efforts, this ploy worked.
Dirty Coward: For her 2013 Heel turn, she started doing everything she could to avoid getting into a rematch with Velvet Sky for the Knockouts Title, when she had previously treated Velvet as a Worthy Opponent.
Emotional Bruiser: She cried more than any of the other WWE divas, which was mocked by Beth Phoenix and a source of entertainment for Laycool. Neither was without consequence as they both had title reigns ended by Mickie.
Enemy Mine: Beth Phoenix and Passion joined forces to take Alexis Laree out of OVW. Later, Passion and Alexis put their differences aside to fight Jillian Hall and her bodyguard, Melissa Coates.
Expy: Has one in Psycho!AJ Lee. The only real difference is that AJ's gimmick has actually managed to get over as heel, in comparison to Mickie who was never booed in WWE. As far as angles themselves, Victoria eventually decided and set out to prove Mickie was an inferior imitation of herself.
Face-Heel Turn: In TNA it was teased a few times but it was ages before she finally turned.
Five Moves of Doom: Jumping clothesline, Thesz press, back elbow, corner headscissors, implant DDT. Initially most of these moves, among some others, were occasionally used or at least recently at the time used by Trish and Mickie made them her signature moves, to show she was borrowing from her idol but adapting her own style. She later settled on those for her sequence.
Finishing Move: Mickie James added a crossed legged STF to her arsenal during her second TNA run. Alexis Laree had an inverted DDT up until she went into OVW and began to use all the moves previously listed.
Foe Romance Subtext: With "The Giant Killer" Mike Mondo, which Alexis recognized and was disgusted by.
For Your Own Good: Alexis didn't mind Valentina being in SCW or TNA too much but objected to her joining Women's Extreme Wrestling, which was full of nudity and garbage wrestling.
A strange example, boxing matches were practically Alexis Laree's signature gimmick match BBOW. In a more straightforward example, she wrestled Riptide in a ladder match.
During the lead up to Lita's retirement match, Mickie James kept being given one sided stipulations to wrestle under, having to face Lita while having an arm tied behind her back, her feet shackled together or a bag over her head.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: When she kissed Trish under the mistletoe, gaining an Earth-shattering pop from the audience.
Invoked when with the goodnight kiss/of death and earlier on in Ring Of Honor with Allison Danger, who kissed her both to taunt all the guys who liked Alexis Laree but wouldn't be getting any and Alexis herself for optimistic ideal of the promotion. But then Allison decided she liked it began stalking Alexis for more.
While in Ring Of Honor she caught The Christopher Street Connection's Mace in the balls when he decided to titillate Allison Danger by sticking his crotch in her face. He went down pretty quickly after that and Alexis still maintained the code of honor by shaking his hand.
Did this to Trish Stratus at WrestleMania 22. However, unlike every time this had been done before in pro wrestling, this was meant as sexual, topped off by her licking in between her fingers to a huge pop from the crowd. It was edited out of the DVD release because Vince McMahon just didn't like it.
I Have Many Names: Besides Alexis Laree, Mickie James has also gone by Vickie Adams and Super Ball
Ripped from the Headlines: Numerous fans on the internet had been calling her fat for ages, among other things. When she was being teased by the Miz, Mickie retorted that he was always using the net to get his insults.
I Was Young and Needed the Money, Old Shame: Her explanation and feelings over her multiple, explicit nude shoots while trying to make it in wrestling. In Ring Of Honor, this was her opinion about a lot of promotions she had previously worked for, being so happy to finally be able to show what she could do in serious company with a code of honor. Then Allison Danger subjected her to a spanking. This lead to Alexis cutting ties with Julio Dinero, who did not seem to understand why this made her so upset all of the sudden.
Kick Chick: In her WWE run Mickie was known for a spinning back kick, a reverse spin kick and Trish's Chick Kick (Mick Kick when she used it)
Kiss of Death: One of her sort of finishing moves, it's really the capoeira kick that comes after the kiss that is the finishing move.
She took a few bumps that had or would have put others out, such as a fall on her neck from the ring she took in a falls count anywhere match that lead to a rushed finish with Melina as the champion...but Mickie proved to be not too injured to continue. Tazz pointed out this trait when Winter dumped her onto concrete in TNA.
At TNA Lockdown 2011, April 17, 2011, she Squashed Madison Rayne for the TNA Knockouts Title in a Hair vs. Hair Cage Match in 34 SECONDS with her arm in a sling! It was put in a sling after being run over with a motorcycle!
Power Trio: The Amazing Phenomenon with AJ Styles and The Amazing Red
Put on a Bus: To TNA, following an incident on an overseas tour. Ironically the incident in question involved a bus.note She caused several tour buses to be late to the arena WWE.com eventually came up with an explanation for Mickie's departure months later in an article where they said LayCool and their taunting caused her to have a breakdown and eventually leave.
Candie was first a rival valet, then a rival wrestler. Eventually they became a tag team. She had the same dynamic with Dawn Marie, whom never became her partner but did face her in some of her favorite WWE matches (dark matches, unfortunately)
When asked at Glory, Alexis named Persephone and Sumie Sakai to be her toughest foes but bared no animosity toward them. Didn't have the positive attitude about Persephone until Simply Luscious pulled an Eviler Than Thou at Ring Of Honor though.
Kara Slice was once her most hated enemy, but the two eventually learned to coexist and even managed the same guy (Julio Dinero)
Melina Perez in WWE. The two were enemies from the start, there were times Mickie would try to be civil but Melina was unreceptive up until Mickie put her health on the line to protect Melina from Victoria and Natalya. Then they were the best of friends but that did not keep them from ending up as opponents every so often.
Speaking of Victoria, she was a given since Mickie started out as an ally of Trish Stratus. Trish theoretically becoming a "common enemy" just made them fight for a shot at her. Victoria\Tara were usually more of a distraction to Mickie though, only being her main enemy once.
Prior to WWE Alexis was rivals with Jillian Hall ever since she won a $1000 prize match in OVW and post WWE it continued in National Wrestling Superstars(and elsewhere) as Hall went out of her way to show up Mickie James and undermine her music career.
Shout-Out: Frequently kips up after doing moves, something her idol Lita did often as well. In her feud with Trish Stratus, using the Stratusfaction and the "Mick Kick" were intentional examples.
At ROH Epic Encounter, April 12, 2003, she defeated Ariel (Ana Otero) in 35 seconds. Since Becky Bayless was just a manager, theirs likely would have ended even faster if the entirety of Special K had not put the boots to Alexis while the referee's back was turned. Still, pinned Bayless in under two minutes.
In OVW she pinned Ms. Blue of Bolin Services in 38 seconds.
She seems to do this at least once everywhere she goes. Along with the TNA example under Made of Iron, at Royal Rumble 2010, January 31, 2010, she flattened Alpha BitchMichelle McCool for the WWE Women's Title in 20 seconds! This was followed by Mickie and the other Divas joining forces to shove Michelle's face into a cake.
Stalker Shrine: Images of Mickie James cackling over one were revealed after she turned on Trish Stratus for winning a tag team match without tagging her on Saturday Night Main Event.
Tweener: To Draco in Leather Pants levels, this was the worst she ever got in WWE. Mickie was never able to get lasting heel heat, not even after she abducted Trish's protegee, busted Trish open when Trish tried to make the save, then licked the blood off her hands. Not even during the ECW vs WWE Head to Head TV special when the rest of the WWE side was booed. Her gimmicks as Alexis Laree did manage to get over as a heel though, as well as her heel run in TNA against Velvet Sky. Even during that time though, she got as many wild cheers as she did boos in AAA.
We Used to Be Friends: Alexis Laree and Jillian Hall were tag team partners in OVW prior to Jillian losing a prize money match and getting a botched boob job which (somehow) damaged her psyche. Alexis tried to stage an intervention but got beat up for it.
Woman Child: Alexis Laree had her moments, such as in BBOW when she pestered her tag team partner Candie for her birth control pills because she thought they were candy.
Yandere: Could be this at times as a face, as well as a heel.