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Mickie James celebrates debut anniversary, talks 2020 WWE Draft

On Friday, October 9, the landscape of WWE will change as the rosters of Raw and SmackDown will change, and having been down this road a couple times before, Mickie James is all set to see how her fate unfurls on Friday, nearly 15 years to the day since she made her WWE debut.

It was on October 10, 2005 that Mickie James introduced herself to the WWE Universe, jumping into the ring on Raw to rescue Trish Stratus and Ashley Massaro after Victoria had viciously decimated the duo. That moment, like many other highlights in her career, came on Raw.

Now, James has been named as one of the Superstars who are eligible to be selected on SmackDown on October 9. Sidelined by a broken nose for a couple of weeks, James will learn her fate during the broadcast of the show where she made her return in 2016.

"SmackDown will always have a special place in my heart because it was there that the world saw me make my return to the WWE main roster," James said. "That my career will have its next step forward in the same ring where I shocked the world and came back is very poetic."

James has spent the last couple months as part of the Raw roster as her second tenure has seen the six-time Women's Champion bounce between the two brands. She initially moved to Raw during the 2017 WWE Superstar Shake-Up, but was picked up by SmackDown in 2019's Draft while recovering from injury. Still, James found herself competing on Raw when she returned from her ACL injury.

So which brand does Mickie see herself going to? In her eyes, the answer is true blue.

“So here we are - the day of the draft and what could possibly be another monumental Mickie move in my career,” James said. “Now with WWE Smackdown on Fox, it could open a whole new world of opportunities for me both in and out the ring.”

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