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“On Friday afternoon, Mickie James sang on the same Hard Rock Cafe Stage as an array of Country artists, most of whom she could probably beat up if she felt like it. James spends much of her time in the wrestling ring, as the Women’s Knockout Champion for the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling organization. But she can command the stage as effectively as she does a hapless opponent.”

“Everybody has to contend with office politics, but not just anyone can trash-talk their fellow employees during their first day on the job, announcing that they’ll soon be replacing them and punctuating the point with a kick to the stomach and an elbow to the face. Welcome to five-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James’ new job. After a tumultuous year in which James, who’s also a one-time WWE Divas Champion, suffered a serious illness, was fired by World Wrestling Entertainment and built up buzz for her fledgling side career as a country singer, she’s back on weekly television, performing for TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling. Happy to be doing what she loves again, she’s content to leave the drama to the scripted wrestling sagas her fans love. “Wrestling, once it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood forever,” says James, 31, who grew up in Hanover County and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. She now lives just north of Mechanicsville in King William C”