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Royal Rumble Official Match Preview

As reported earlier in the week, Women’s Champion Michelle McCool will defend her title against Mickie James at the Royal Rumble in just over a week’s time. The bout will be the pair’s second consecutive pay per view encounter following last month’s favourably-reviewed TLC match. WWE.com has now posted an official match preview:

After coming to SmackDown in late 2009 by way of the tri-brand Divas trade, Women’s Champion Michelle McCool has made Mickie James’ life miserable.

Week after week, Michelle – often in cahoots with Layla – perpetrated one mean and awful act after another:

• Michelle and Layla viciously cut Mickie’s ring attire with a pair of scissors.

• In Michelle’s personalized version of “Old McDonald” the nickname “Piggy James” was spawned.

At Survivor Series, James earned a measure of revenge when Team Mickie defeated Team Michelle in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match.

Then, despite a valiant effort from Mickie, Michelle came out on top at WWE TLC.

In 2010, Michelle never let up.

• After Mickie was beaten up in a match with Beth Phoenix on SmackDown, Michelle and Layla finished the job with an even more vicious assault.

• At a SmackDown going away party, Mickie was smashed in the face with cake, beaten and covered in punch.

There’s no doubt Mickie has enough motivation to want to put a stop to Michelle’s bullying.

At Royal Rumble, can Mickie finally dethrone Michelle, or will the former school teacher give Mickie another lesson in meanness?

Isn’t it nice to see WWE announce a match in advance for a change? Usually these matches get announced the week of the PPV with little build.

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