WWE revealed another marquee match for the upcoming Evolution pay-per-view, announcing Monday night that Mickie James will take on WWE Hall of Famer Lita.
— WWE (@WWE) September 4, 2018
WWE’s official announcement of the match highlighted Mickie’s and Lita’s many accomplishments, as well as their history inside the ring:
“Together, the two Superstars have captured 10 Women’s Championships, with Lita winning four titles and James earning six. Both competitors can boast a championship victory over the other, including Mickie’s win in Lita’s retirement match at Survivor Series back in 2006.”
Of course, despite the retirement match, Lita has wrestled a handful of times for WWE since 2006. She faced and beat Heath Slater at Raw 1,000 in 2012, and – more notably – participated in the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble in January.
Furthermore, Lita deserves this rematch against James on a stage like Evolution. After her “retirement” at Survivor Series in 2006, Cryme Tyme (‘member them?!) humiliated her by selling her stolen personal belongings to the audience. A four-time women’s champion and WWE Hall of Famer deserves a better send-off than that.
Following the announcement of the match, Mickie expressed her gratitude and excitement on social media:
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I couldn’t be more #honored after tonight’s #announcement for #evolution vs @machetegirl … someone who was willing to help me when I was #nobody… someone I’ve looked up to my entire #career… someone I was able to make #history with! Now we are able to do that #Again & We’ve both come so far since the last time we faced each other. I #love you, I #admire you, and I have nothing but #respect for you & everything you’ve done as a #woman for our #business. However don’t forget my dear #friend, the last time we faced each other… I #retired you! #historyrepeatsitself #wwe #womenempowerment #womenswrestling #womenswrestlingmatters #hof #legend #Lita #LitaVsMickie
As for the WWE Universe – many seem upset and unsatisfied with the re-match, as per usual.
– Mickie James will face Lita
– Alexa Bliss will face Trish Stratus
Sasha Fans: pic.twitter.com/IsTDp28fB3
— Pepe (@__PepeL) September 4, 2018
I'm not here for Lita returning and beating Mickie James. pic.twitter.com/IraOvBJyLq
— Alex Segreste. (@AlexSegreste) September 4, 2018
Would it not have made more sense to go with Trish vs Mickie?
— Stevie Wilson (@thesteviewilson) September 4, 2018
Look, ima keep it real!
Lita vs Mickie James at Evolution? @WWE you all could have done better!
If we keep getting matches like this, ima just sell my ticket.
— Joel Romero (@joel_romero01) September 4, 2018
Lita and Mickie James makes zero sense to me. Lita and Asuka, yes. Also, please give me LayCool and The Iconics at Evolution. I’m begging you.
— 2 Sweet Scorpio (@lovelyceelovely) September 4, 2018
So at the #Evolution ppv they're gonna do Lita vs Mickie James!? With the women they are inviting back and women on there roster this was there best!? Off the top of my head two names come to mind face to Lita! Sasha Banks and if she comes back AJ Lee!
— Joshua Andresen (@SSJ4Vegeta1986) September 4, 2018
WWE throws us Lita vs. Mickie James then wonders why ticket sales are struggling. How about Lita vs. Becky? Straight Fire vs. the original fiery Diva of the World Wrestling Federation.
— Derek (@deathinkosovo) September 4, 2018
Just another day on wrestling Twitter.
To borrow a turn of phrase from Mr. Joel Romero up there, Ima keep it real: Lita vs. Mickie makes perfect sense.
Yes, Mickie has more history with Trish than she does Lita. But again: Mickie is the one who retired Lita, and Lita deserves so much better than the retirement match she got. This match at Evolution is undoubtedly WWE’s way of making up for the awful goodbye she got in 2006.
Furthermore, in what universe do any of the other suggestions being made make more sense than Lita vs. Mickie? Lita vs. Asuka? When have they ever even interacted? And, despite rumors to the contrary, I wouldn’t hold my breath on AJ Lee ever coming back. Have we already forgotten that WWE just floated a lawsuit against her husband?
Lita and Mickie James were two of the brightest spots in a dark era for women’s wrestling. WWE made a right call pitting them against each other at Evolution, and there are undoubtedly more great matches to come.