Well hello folks and I’m back with another one of my inventive and unique columns. Today’s topic – the singing abilities of our wrestling women. It really did amaze me just how many of our favourite Divas have taken a stab at singing professionally. By professionally I mean getting at least one song on a proper CD while some have gone even further and released albums or joined bands. Here I’m going to look at the various Divas and Knockouts that have taken a trip to the recording studio and decide whether or not they should go back.
Mickie started work on an album full of country music towards the end of 2009 and the album got released a few months after WWE had given her marching orders. To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of country music and listening to Mickie singing hasn’t converted me. She isn’t exactly musically inclined if I’m putting it nicely. She may have the passion and the inspiration to write the songs but she won’t be winning any Grammys. Though I will say that out of all the songs of hers I’ve listened to, her voice is more suited to fast and bouncy songs because she sounds a little less hard on the ears when she’s singing faster stuff. For example the fast paced “Are You With Me” is catchy enough but the titular “Strangers and Angels” which is a slow ballad does not suit Mickie’s voice at all. But there is definitely one Mickie song that I really can’t stop listening to and that is of course her “Hardcore Country” entrance theme which actually isn’t on the album. That song really plays to her strengths and you’ll find yourself grooving along to the beat and singing “backwoods or uptown!” along with Mickie. Take a listen for yourself.
Maria started working on her own music around the same time as Mickie did and she was released from WWE while she was working on it too. Maybe that had something to do with it? Maria has a very interesting voice when it comes to her music. She’s not going to make men’s hearts flutter at the sound of her voice but she has a certain quality to her that makes me like most of her songs. She released an EP called “Sevin Sins” which had four songs on it. The first was “Alice In Wonderland” which is the only song I don’t like. The rhythm and lyrics are honestly just all over the place to me and it reminds me of an even worse version of that Gwen Stefani song that had an Alice in Wonderland themed music video. The album’s titular track “Seven Sins” is more of an acquired taste, full of fire and brimstone but yet compelling at the same time. If you’re into that type of music then you’d probably like Seven Sins. The next two songs actually got music videos made for them and they’re both my favourite of hers. “Fantasy” is the standout track chosen by Maria and features topic of forbidden love and hidden desires, with a nice sounding tone to it. I just love the way the song progresses and this was the first of Maria’s songs to make it to my iPod. And according to Maria herself, a certain WWE Champion is the inspiration (“supernatural love with a superstar kiss”). The other song is probably the most powerful on the EP and that is “Change Your Mind”. This song really tells a story, and a suggestive one at that. Of a relationship that’s clearly on the rocks and yet the singer does not wish for it to end, using sex as a way to try and bring the passion back. You can almost feel how lifeless and empty the relationship is through the rhythm of the song. I feel it would make a great music video telling the story visually but the actual video is just Maria singing in the studio cutting away to clips of her on a beach. Maria ain’t exactly a quality singer but her music is very captivating to me.
Lilian is a Diva whose musical abilities are certainly known to the wider audience. She’s sung the national anthem plenty of times on Raw, recorded Torrie Wilson’s “Need A Little Time” theme and belted out a fabulous rendition of “Respect” once. I’ve heard two of Lilian’s songs though I am aware she has released two albums of Latin pop music. “You Drive Me Loca” is her most recent song that is fast and bouncy pop, certainly something I could imagine singing in the shower or bopping my head along to if it came on the radio. Lilian really has a fabulous voice and I love listening to her sing. The other song she’s known for is “You Just Don’t Know Me At All” which was her entrance theme whenever she actually got an entrance. I really like this song which is a lot harder and more aggressive than the previous one. Lilian really belts it out during the chorus and you almost get lost in the sound of it. It gives me the impression of Lilian standing on a stage and screaming at a nasty ex-boyfriend much like Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes”. This type of song might not be for everyone but I personally love it.
After leaving WWE it was Lita’s time to form a punk rock band called The Luchagors of which she is the lead singer though she also knows how to play drums. Personally I could never get into their music. I kept trying to give them a chance but their music is almost all noise to me. I’ll rock out to Blink 182, Sum 41 or the good old Sex Pistols any day but I’ve yet to find a Luchagors song that I’ll gladly listen to. I respect Lita for following her other passion but that doesn’t mean I have to listen to her music. I’m not trying to bash her, it’s just not what I like. But Lita fans need not despair as there is another song I actually do like. Way before the formation of The Luchagors, Lita recorded a song for the WWE Originals album back in 2004 called “When I Get You Alone”. Lita is not a good singer but I still really like the song. She’s a little more understated than she is in her Luchagors songs and sings a bit more mellow so the song is more bearable. The chorus is really catchy and the drum beat is of course performed by Lita herself. The music itself is really good and the singing passable. Though this song is less punk rock and closer to the short lived girl band The Faders.
Yes, Stacy recorded one song a long time ago. This is another song off the WWE Originals album and Stacy does a semi-dance, semi-techno number called “Why Can’t We Just Dance?” which did actually make it onto WWE television a couple of times. The song itself is seriously over-produced. There are so many audio effects going on there that it’s impossible to actually judge Stacy’s singing ability. I’ll go out on a limb and say she would have a job singing this live. However I still quite like the song and find it really enjoyable to listen to. It wouldn’t be out of place in a nightclub and reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lopez’s “Play” and it really is something that is quite easy to dance to as the title suggests. Stacy’s voice sounds a little bland but I don’t know whether or not to attribute that to the umpteen audio tweaks she has in the chorus.
I only found out about Christy’s music recently so I eagerly rushed to check it out. The first song I came across was “Bad Thing” which is like a combination of Maria’s “Fantasy” and Mickie’s “Are You With Me” but I mean that in a good way. It almost sounds like a remix of those two songs. Christy’s voice sounds quite similar to Maria’s if I’m being honest but she’s a bit more mainstream sounding. “Bad Thing” is a really good song and the tune will find its way into your head and get stuck there. The next song is “Enough” which is much slower and more akin to Marilyn’s “happy birthday” to the president. Christy however sounds fine on slower songs too, much better than Mickie and Lita, though I think I prefer her doing faster stuff. “Enough” starts off fairly bland but it really kicks into gear halfway through and it’s a decent song from Christy. For some reason it gives me the mental image of Christy sitting against a raindrop covered window and singing while autumn leaves fall outside. “Footprints” is another song that sounds a lot like “Enough” but it is much more melodic and I enjoyed it better. It sounds like it would be right at home in the trailer for some indie quirky romance movie about a small town girl (who may or may not be living in a lonely world). “Don’t Give Up” is a slightly faster song that is very Avril Lavigne-sounding. It’s a ballad but it’s a bit up tempo and fits Christy’s voice better than the two previous songs. At first listen I wasn’t that into it but by the end I was sold on the song. I can see myself becoming a fan of Christy’s music if she continues with it.
And of course we’re finishing the article with my personal favourite. Trish only recorded one song for the WWE Originals album, a slow and slushy love song called “I Just Want You”. And my God is there anything this woman can’t do? She has a singing voice that is just so…I don’t know pretty. It’s like how you’d expect the classic Disney Princess to sing. And on the little behind the scenes feature on the DVD, Jim Johnston claims that Trish’s voice didn’t have to be adjusted. I don’t know how true that is but her voice does sound quite natural. If she had some proper training then I think she could very well make a career out of singing. The song itself is nothing original, being your average story of a girl in a troubling relationship. But towards the end of the second chorus, the song goes in a direction I really like and I feel like I can feel Trish’s emotions. The song itself has a very Atomic Kitten feel to it where none of the girls were amazing singers but their songs sounded nice.
So that’s quite a few of our girls that have gotten behind a professional microphone and belted out some tunes. Some of the ones who have made careers out it really do have talent – Lilian, Christy – while others have left me scratching my head and saying “really?” – Lita, Mickie. But again it’s nice to see that all these girls got a chance to do their thing. I mean I’m sure we’ve all at least fantasised about recording a song or two so we can almost live vicariously through these girls who clearly had a lot of fun making their music.ViralRank: 0
Well for this week’s “WWE Highlights” piece, we’re going for something a little different. First of all, the woman here is the first non-blonde I’m writing about. And second of all, she’s still actively wrestling in TNA but it’s safe to say she’s done with WWE for now. Just to clarify, this is just a piece about her WWE career. I’ll do one for her TNA days when/if she retires from the company. So here we have one of the modern stars of the Divas’ division. In an era where the women were interchangeable and handicapped, thus getting silence from the crowd, one woman was able to get standing ovations wherever she went. Whenever that bouncy knockoff of “Hey Mickey” played, the fans got on their feet and cheered for the bubbly brunette from Richmond, Virginia. Here are the top matches and segments from the career of Mickie James.
Superfan To The Rescue – Raw 2005:
As I say any time I have to mention the WWE in 2005, the Divas’ division was in shambles. But the end of the year saw things picking up in a very big way when Trish Stratus returned to in-ring competition and Mickie made her debut. She ran down from the backstage area to save Trish and Ashley Massaro from a beatdown at the hands of Vince’s Devils. Backstage she revealed herself to be Trish’s number 1 fan. Didn’t you just know this storyline was going to be a doozy?
Under The Mistletoe – Raw 2005:
Mickie and Trish’s friendship was progressing in a very unique way to say the least with such gems as Mickie dressing up as Trish for Halloween, interfering in her matches and even eliminating herself from a Women’s title battle royal to ensure Trish retained. But here came the turning point. In the Christmas week, Mickie decided to make the locker room a little more festive by putting up streamers, stockings and a little bit of mistletoe. Just listen to the Earth shattering pop from the fans when they see the mistletoe and then when Mickie locks lips with her idol. It seems Trish had a knack for getting forcibly kissed by her opponents as Lita had done it almost exactly one year before.
Ashley In A Box – Raw 2006:
And the third and final segment from Trish and Mickie’s feud gives us the go-home segment for their WrestleMania match. Mickie has a huge wrapped gift in the middle of the ring which is meant to be a present for Trish. Naturally it’s a person under there and Mickie raises the box to reveal a bound, gagged, enraged Ashley Massaro trussed up in the middle of the ring. In what was probably the most bizarre way to build up a WrestleMania women’s match, the segment ended with Mickie licking the blood off her own nose. Okay…
From One Idol To Another – Raw 2006:
While the feud with Trish Stratus was fun and legendary, it was actually Lita that was Mickie’s real idol. In fact when Mickie was in OVW she pitched the story to Vince with Lita in mind. Unfortunately for her Lita tore her ACL and the storyline went to Trish instead. But Mickie was eventually able to work with her idol following Trish’s retirement in September. The Women’s title was vacant and who better to feud over it than Mickie and Lita? This might be just my imagination but you can almost see the excitement in Mickie’s eyes at being able to have a segment like this with her idol.
Feeding Time – Smackdown 2010:
Skipping ahead quite a few years now but then again after Lita retired, Mickie wasn’t really involved in high profile storylines in her WWE career. Sure she feuded over the title and won it several times but it wasn’t until she was moved to Smackdown in 2009 that she got a storyline of equal notoriety. A program that was hugely controversial saw Michelle McCool and Layla mock Mickie for her weight, acknowledging a real life subject for many fans online and dub her “Piggy James”. While the feud may have started out as tasteless, we ended up getting this amazing promo on Smackdown. Mickie got to defend herself and really put her heart and soul into what she was saying. This promo helped move the feud away from childish antics to a really powerful subject.
10) vs Victoria – New Year’s Revolution 2007:
With Trish and Lita gone by the end of 2006, Mickie found herself at the top of the division and feuded with her only legitimate competition – Victoria. It’s surprising but these two had two rather disappointing PPV matches in TNA and a passable cage match in the main event but here was a match that I could really get behind. This was a really hard hitting bout that saw a real intensity that a lot of Victoria’s later matches lacked. Even with the help of Melina, Mickie prevailed with a really nice tilt-a-whirl DDT at the end.
9) vs Michelle McCool – TLC 2009:
The infamous and controversial Piggy James storyline isn’t exactly remembered fondly but it did produce a noted improvement in Mickie’s ring work. Throughout much of her Divas’ title run in 2009 people noted a recent sloppiness in her wrestling and wondered if she had simply become complacent. However when she was moved to Smackdown it’s as if new life was breathed into her. Being given an emotional storyline must have really helped as well because the first match at TLC was very good. I listed it as one of Michelle McCool’s best matches and of course it’s one of Mickie’s too. As I said before they really used the extra time they weren’t used to getting to sell the animosity and hatred between the two.
8) vs Trish Stratus – New Year’s Revolution 2006:
Before Trish and Mickie locked horns at the grandest stage of them all, they had another match that intensified their feud. Mickie had won a #1 contender’s match to earn the chance to face Trish and what started out as a friendly encounter slowly boiled over into something more. Another wrestling columnist actually said she preferred this match to the WrestleMania one. I would hardly go that far but it’s still a good match in its own right.
7) vs Melina [Falls Count Anywhere] – Raw 2007:
Mickie abruptly lost her second Women’s title to Melina in a match on Raw and the stakes sure got upped for the rematch. It’s almost unheard of for a match like this to take place for the women but this was the first Falls Count Anywhere match the Divas got to do. Not exactly a wrestling clinic but still a brilliant spectacle showing the Divas getting to rough it up backstage and of course the obligatory pit stop in the women’s locker room. Apparently the finish had to be rushed because Mickie landed right on her head too.
6) vs Michelle McCool – Smackdown 2010:
Mickie’s second last match in the WWE was also her return to the ring after having to take a hiatus due to a staph infection in her knee. She made her return facing the Women’s Champion in London and showed she hadn’t lost her touch. Delivering a fun and entertaining match that was quite close to being a MOTY candidate for the girls, Mickie’s subsequent release is only even more puzzling.
5) vs Lita – Survivor Series 2006:
Unluckily, unlike Trish and Mickie, Lita and Mickie didn’t exactly share a mind blowing chemistry. Lita has always been hit and miss in the ring for me and really Mickie was too. They had a dreadful match at Cyber Sunday to crown the new Women’s Champion after Trish’s retirement, but the next match at the Survivor Series had the girls on form. Mickie had gotten put over by one veteran Diva previously in the year and here she was getting it from another. It was Lita’s retirement match and the excitement was high. Mickie got to retire her idol and Lita didn’t wrestle a match until she showed up on Raw a couple of months ago to challenge Heath Slater.
4) vs Beth Phoenix – Raw 2008:
Beth and Mickie’s chemistry was…patchy to be generous. I’ve never really seen two Divas who are so talented in their own right and yet just don’t click in the ring. However much like Lita and Mickie, Beth and Mickie were destined to put on a great match in the special Raw episode in the UK. They pulled out all the stops to give us a proper David vs Goliath battle that the fans were hugely into. Beth had just started to come into her own as a worker and was able to play off Mickie’s persona so well. And Mickie gets to win her fourth Women’s title.
3) vs Melina – Backlash 2007:
Naturally as this was listed as one of Melina’s best matches when I highlighted her career it was going on this list too. The two girls got to do the fun backstage brawling in their Falls Count Anywhere match but here at Backlash they showed that they could go on the mat and put on a clinic. Neither woman is exactly renowned for technical skill and mat wrestling ability but there is really a great showing from both of them of just those abilities in the opening parts of the match. Even Uncle Jerry Lawler was into the action as he really talked up the women’s wrestling abilities, which is something that only happens once in a blue moon.
2) vs Beth Phoenix vs Melina – Judgment Day 2008:
I’ve always felt that when Mickie became Women’s Champion for the fourth time in 2008, we really saw some of her best work. She and Beth had patchy chemistry but almost all their matches from that time were very good, I enjoyed all Mickie’s showings with Katie Lea and Jillian but here was a real doozy. A little annoyingly, Mickie was sort of the spare part in this match as Melina was in the process of turning face and feuding with Beth but she really made her presence known in the ring. To quote Jerry Lawler, “I’m impressed with the offence of Mickie James, she’s everywhere”. It’s too bad the match couldn’t have gone on longer.
1) vs Trish Stratus – WrestleMania 22:
Would it be anything else? Yes the ending was horribly botched. Yes there were a couple of miscommunications. And yes they were capable of better. But at the same time it’s still an excellent match. I’ve always loved it whenever the crowds really get into the Diva matches because it makes them seem so much more important and special. The smarky Chicago crowd turned on Trish and cemented Mickie’s status as a star. Mickie was just fantastic in this psycho role and it’s a shame it had to end so soon. Just look at the way she dances around to soak in the crowds’ reactions and that mad cackling she does after countering the Stratusphere. That’s certainly a golden WrestleMania moment.
So there are the best moments and matches from the WWE run of Mickie James. She sure racked up a list of achievement with five Women’s titles, one Divas’ title, plenty of contest wins, magazine covers and standing ovations wherever she went. And yet she was only in two WrestleMania matches, had only two real storylines in her time, was pushed and yet held back at the same time and given an abrupt release out of nowhere. I’d always thought Mickie would leave WWE on her own terms but it was not to be. I haven’t been crazy about her run in TNA but at least she’s still doing what she loves. Oh, Mickie, you’ll always be so fine.ViralRank: 0