Mickie James has been forced to relinquish the fifth reign of her Knockouts Championship due to injury. The wrestler is suffering from a broken rib, and with only a few days left for the Rebellion PPV, James had to make a tough decision. During Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling on April 13, 2023, James officially handed over the Knockouts title.
For James, wrestling in front of fans strengthens her spirit, and she feels like she can take on the world. But once backstage, the aches and pains remind her that time is catching up, and she is no longer 20 years old. James had to do what’s best for the business, Impact, and the locker room. As a woman of her word, the wrestler officially relinquished the championship.
It’s sad to see James leave the championship this way since it’s a testament to her fighting spirit. However, it’s essential for wrestlers to understand when their physical health is at stake. James knew that age and injury could hamper her performance, and she gracefully passed the reigns to the younger, energetic, and fresher competitors.
The current card for the Rebellion PPV features exciting matches that may take the audience’s breath away. Fans will witness Kushida challenging Steve Maclin for the Impact World Championship. Jordynne Grace will face Deonna Purrazzo for the Knockouts Championship. Ace Austin & Chris Bey will battle Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley in Ultimate X for the Impact World Tag Team Championship. There are many other matches to look out for, and the pre-show will feature the exciting battle between Taylor Wilde & KiLynn King and Rosemary & Jessicka.
It’s never easy to give up a championship, but Mickie James did it for the betterment of the wrestlers and the sport. Sometimes, it’s not the victory that makes a wrestler exceptional, but the courage to give up the championship when it’s the right thing to do. It would be interesting to see how James fights her way back to the top and, hopefully, will get another chance to prove her mettle in the ring.