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Backlash Rewind: Melina vs. Mickie James 2007

Back in 2007, the WWE Women’s Championship was defended at the annual Backlash event when the champion Melina defended against Mickie James. The match went just over nine minutes which despite being the shortest match on the card was a solid time for the women during that era.

James thought she had the match won after delivering a cross body off the top ropes but Melina was able to kick out before the count of three. A frustrated James fought Melina in the corner before the champion was able to get a kick to the head to break free. Melina followed up with a reverse DDT to get the pin and retain the championship.

Prior to this match that took place on April 29 of that year, these two women had a unique back and forth swap of the title during a live event in Paris, France. Melina was in her first reign as champion when she dropped the title in a Triple Threat that also included Victoria. James pinned Victoria to win the title. The match was reset for later in the show and had Melina regain her title against James giving her a second reign as champion.

Melina would lose her title to Candice Michelle in June of that year at the Vengeance: Night of Champions event. This ended her second reign at 60-days.

What are your favorite memories during this time of women’s wrestling history in WWE?

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