Reasons Behind Mickie James’ Absence From Television, Christopher Daniels Talks Wrestling And Comics

– The Nov. 12 Impact Wrestling taping in Orlando, Florida, featured the television return of Mickie James following a three-and-a-half-month absence. Her hiatus was due to multiple reasons, including a major medical one.

With TNA creative’s shift in recent months to solely focusing on talent with etched storylines, James’ screen time was drastically curtailed in the spring and summer, leading to her being removed altogether in August. In September, she aggravated a rib injury during a live event tour and decided to take away from the ring. During her hiatus, she underwent surgery to remove a large benign mass, according to the Wrestling Observer. In October, James tweeted a photo of herself at the hospital after having undergone surgery, but did not mention the nature of the procedure.

James was said to be in great spirits on the night of her return.

– Speaking to Pipedream Comics, Christopher Daniels explained why there are a lot of similarities between wrestling and comics.

“I think that both offer the type of escapism that people are looking for in their entertainment, the type where good eventually triumphs over evil, where everything turns out good in the end. And while, the journey to that climax is happening, mood twists and turns keep an audience wanting more,” said Daniels.

In response to a question asking which wrestlers in TNA, WWE and even Ring of Honor would make the best comic characters, he said, “Well we’re all just comic book characters come to life anyway but for the sake of this particular question I’ll go with the most colorful and charismatic of characters: Rey Mysterio, Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, Kane, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Curry Man and El Generico. And yours truly, of course!”

Daniels also talks about wanting to develop a comic based on his wrestling persona, reading comics on digital devices and more. The full interview is available here.

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  • Seth Bob

    Less women wrestling, the better. Just have them flaunt their shit and manage real wrestlers.

    • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

      Kinda surprised TNA hasn’t brought out their own version of the Nitro Girls yet.

      • Seth Bob

        Oh science, please don’t.

    • G.I.R.L.

      Less models wrestling the better. If both promotions stick to hiring women who can perform well in the ring then they deserve equal TV time as everyone else.

      • Kjhaltz

        They could get decent looking girls who can wrestle. I dunno know bout you even Trish and Candice were models but they had heart and worked there asses off.

        • G.I.R.L.

          Having a background in modeling isn’t the only qualifier of being beautiful. There are tons of beautiful and fit female wrestlers out their who’ve yet to make it to a major promotion.

          Look at AJ Lee for example; not a big boobed Barbie doll, not a sex kitten, not a model. Yet, she’s the top chick @ WWE due to her presence being atypical from what is usually given.

          If they stop going for models, it’ll save them work on all that training (many of them make it to TV before they’re at an acceptable level of performance).

  • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

    Women’s wrestling can be marketable when done right. The knockouts division used to be the top seller in TNA for awhile not too long ago. So it’s not like women’s wrestling can’t drawl. Just needs to be a focus and serious approach to the division in order for it to really succeed. And the occasional bra and panties match every now and then wouldn’t hurt them either. ;)

    • Seth Bob

      The only reason it was the top draw at the time was because of how bad everything else was in TNA. The best of a bad group is nothing to boast about. Dwarf among midgets. Women can’t wrestle, period.

      • G.I.R.L.

        Their women division from 2007-10 was amazing. Each woman was an individual and brought something different to the table. Are you trolling or do you truly not see the abilities that women like Taylor Wilde, Sarita, and Hamada have?

        • kquickstillsucks

          What has Taylor Wilde, Sarita and Hamada ever drawn besides flies?

          • G.I.R.L.

            Saying one doesn’t watch women wrestling simply because they don’t like to see women in the ring as competitors is one thing. Saying that women can’t wrestle when many of them can is another.

            My point wasn’t that those women are marketable enough to influence fans to wanna watch them. My point is that they are excellent in their field as far as actual wrestling is concerned. That’s simply objective.

      • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

        I say nay to you, Sir Bobby of Seth. Seen plenty of womens wrestlers out there that can easily work circles around half of the guys on both TNA and WWE’s roster respectively. Gail Kim, Lita, Sara Del Ray, Cheerleader Melissa, Mickie James, Awesome Kong, Tara and Trish Stratus just to name a few.
        You’re entitled to your opinion, but fact is women can wrestle…and fight (yes, I’ve seen a couple good women MMA fighters, I like both Prowrestling and MMA (more MMA than Wrestling now days) I’m just not a big fan of mixing the two together and I’ll leave it at that).

        • Seth Bob

          I see your point. Gail Kim is fantastic. Maybe i’m just jaded by the “divas” division of recent. Though, I always thought Stratus was extremely overrated.

          Also, lol’d hard at “Sir Bobby of Seth”. Not just the acronym, I fucking laughed. Mind if I steal that?

      • Kjhaltz

        It just how the wrestling promotions market it and how the viewers perceive women fighting I guess

  • Two Cents

    Daniels has a point with the similarities between wrestling and comics. At one point, the wrestling world (mainly WWF) tended to have characters attempt to be real life comic book characters. For some of today’s wrestlers that grew up watching that read a lot of comics today.

    • G.I.R.L.

      The attitude era is the only era that felt like a comicbook, imo. I guess you can say they still feel have the comic book feeling since modern day comics (from Marvel & DC, others still consistently put out excellent work) since both modern wrestling
      (WWE & TNA) and comics lacks consistency and creativity.


    I love how Daniels puts his own Curry Man gimmick up there.

  • morrisonfanone

    Man, she’s accident prone.