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Mickie James will be taking on Impact Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace on January 13th at Hard to Kill in a Career vs. Title match. James was interviewed on to talk about the match.

James also talked about why Deonna Purrazzo is the only one who ever kicked out of her finisher:

"I have a lot of respect for Deonna for so many reasons. Not just because of the type of competitor she is, and that she brings out the best in me, which is, I feel like that's just a testament to her and then both of our passion for the sport and for the industry and what we feel that that Knockouts Championship deserves.”

“I think that there’s a reason why nobody kicked out of my finish because I was told from day one, 'I don't believe in kicking out of finishes. I don't believe in bastardizing your finish and just letting anyone kick out of it.' That's the old school training in me. That's why it meant so much when Deonna actually kicked out of it because nobody ever had before, and so nobody expected it. But with the story of going into it, with how much we had done going into that match, I mean, we tried to kill each other match after match, so it just felt right. It's not something that I ever had done before and it's maybe not something that I'll do again because my finish is very important to me. I feel like the more you diminish how important it is, the more the fans don't buy it or don't take it seriously.”

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In what could be her last match, James will challenge Jordynne Grace for the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship. Click below for details on how to order the pay-per-view. The full interview with Mickie James is up at

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