Top 25 Ranking of 2011 – #2: Mickie James
Tag Team Top 10 of 2011 – #2: Beth Phoenix & Natalya
Top 25 Ranking of 2011 – #2:
Ranked #04 in 2010
Ranked #07 in 2009
Ranked #04 in 2008
—This year, Mickie James ranks #2 on Lethalwow.com’s Annual Top 25 Ranking…
In 2011, Mickie James wrestled the most Television and Pay-Per-View matches of any Knockout in the company. This number was followed by Madison Rayne (Ranked #3). Mickie James also held the record when adding up house shows, bringing her total to 73 matches wrestled.
Mickie James began 2011 coming off a huge feud with Tara, and chasing after the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship. With Tara in the corner of Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne, the odds were consistently in Madison’s favor. This saw Madison retain the Knockouts Championship against Mickie James at two consecutive pay-per-views; January 9, 2011, at TNA Genesis, and on February 13, 2011 at TNA Against All Odds. Mickie James was finally able to capture the Knockouts Championship on April 17, 2011 at TNA’s Lockdown Pay-Per-View. Mickie James went on the retain the belt on the May 5, 2011 episode of Impact against Brooke Tessmacher, and on May 15, 2011, at TNA Sacrifice against Madison Rayne.
Soon, the team of Winter and Angelina Love were after Mickie’s Championship. The led to June 12, 2011, where Mickie James defeated Angelina Love at TNA’s Slammiversary IX Pay-Per-View. Mickie followed that up with a streetfight win over Winter on the June 23 episode of Impact Wrestling. On August 7 at Hardcore Justice, the numbers game proved to be too much for Mickie, and Winter defeated her to become the Women’s Knockout Champion. Winter spit a liquid substance in Mickie’s face to pick up the win. Mickie James was able to regain the title on the September 1, 2011 edition of Impact Wrestling, and lost it again to Winter on September 11, 2011, at TNA No Surrender. Mickie James went on to compete at Bound for Glory 2011 (October 16, 2011) in a 4-Way match for the Championship.
Mickie James ended the year in a feud against Gail Kim. Mickie won a 10-Knockout Gauntlet match on November 17, 2011 to become #1 contender to face Gail Kim at TNA Final Resolution. The Gauntlet match saw Mickie James pin Angelina Love, Sarita, Winter, Tara, ODB and Madison Rayne; however, James was unable to pick up the win over Kim at Final Resolution due to interference from Madison Rayne. Gail and Mickie James went on to wrestle in the Main-Event of the final Impact of 2011.
Tag Team Top 10 of 2011 – #2:
Beth Phoenix & Natalya
Ranked #09 in 2010
—This year, the team of Beth Phoenix and Natalya—The Divas of Doom, rank #2 on Lethalwow.com’s Tag Team Top 10 of 2011. Last year, Beth Phoenix and Natalya ranked #9.
In 2011, Beth Phoenix and Natalya took it into their own hands to show the WWE universe what a modern day WWE Diva should be—with their “Pin-Up Strong” moment. Week after week, the ladies made the lives of the so called “Barbie doll” Divas hell. This angle primarily revolved around Kelly Kelly, who was the reigning WWE Divas Champion at the time. This led to October 2, 2011, at World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View, where Beth Phoenix defeated Kelly Kelly to become WWE Divas Champion. Beth Phoenix went on to successfully defend the Championship on October 23, 2011 at WWE Vengeance, and on November 20, 2011 at Survivor Series… defeating Eve Torres on both occasions. On December 18, 2011, Beth had another successful title defense at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, this time, against former Champion Kelly Kelly.