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Nick Aldis and Mickie James

Mickie James and her husband Nick Aldis

Mickie James made a surprise return to SmackDown Live after a long time away and now she’s ringing high on the WWE roster.

For those viewers and fans who need a refresher on Mickie James’ personality, here’s what you need to know about her.

1. She Began Her Career With Ring of Honor & Total Nonstop Action

Mickie Laree James Aldis

Mickie James started her career in wrestling not with World Wrestling Entertainment, but with the WWE’s competitors, Ring of Honor and Total Nonstop Action.

2. She Made Her ‘Monday Night Raw’ Debut in October 2005

Mickie James vs Alexa Bliss WWE Stars

World Wrestling Entertainment signed Mickie James in 2003. For two years, she wrestled at their Ohio Valley Wrestling promotion, but she finally made her debut on Monday Night Raw on October 10th, 2005.

3. She Used to Date John Cena

John Cena relationship with Mickie James
Mickie James was working alongside her ex-fiance, Kenny Dykstra, her ex-boyfriend, John Cena, and Cena’s new girlfriend, Nikki Bella.

Mickie James was once engaged to fellow wrestler Kenny Dykstra, and Dykstra says that the two of them broke up because he discovered Mickie was cheating on him with John Cena. Cena and James hooked up for a while before Cena ended the relationship, and James being upset about this breakup is reportedly why she was transferred from Raw to SmackDown in 2009, according to Wrestling Inc.

This all came to light because Kenny Dykstra made the information public.

“She wanted to date [John Cena], he said no, she flipped out backstage which led to her demise,” he said. “…When they were together she got the title, TV roles. When he dumped her she became Piggy James, then fired.”

4. She Also Performs Country Music
Dana Broke, Mickie James and Alicia Fox

Outside of her wrestling career, Mickie James performs as a country music artist. She released her first album, Strangers & Angels, in May 2010. Later that year, she released a single called “Hardcore Country,” which made use of her Total Nonstop Action entrance theme.

5. She Is Married to Magnus

Years after all the drama with John Cena, Mickie James fell in love with fellow pro-wrestler Nick Aldis, who wrestles under the name Magnus. He is a former TNA superstar, and he is now signed with Global Force Wrestling.

The two were engaged in December 2014 and married in December 2015. They have one son: Donovan Patrick Aldis.James’ relationship with Magnus was worked into a TNA storyline in 2015.

In 2016, James reflected on the experience of becoming pregnant while working as a professional wrestler.

“At a point you accept it and embrace it,” she said. “It is kind of scary because you’re watching your body transform. And the whole time your thinking, ‘am I going to be able to get it back to where it was?’ Especially because our business is so cosmetic as it is. Especially females. It’s all about looks.”