The annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view is set to air live on Saturday night, and a few weeks ago WWE confirmed that current Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Mickie James will be returning to compete in the women’s Royal Rumble match.

Mickie’s inclusion in the match is certainly surprising, but the announcement got fans talking in a big way, and when WWE confirmed her appearance she was announced as the Impact Knockouts Champion.

James recently appeared on the NotSam Wrestling Podcast, and she noted that she specifically asked to be announced as the Knockouts Champion.

“It was something I asked for. You never know. It’s one of those things. I was hoping it would get a good reaction because I felt it was something unique and different and pretty powerful and it blew up a little bit. I’m grateful for that. You always hope for that type of reaction, it kind of solidifies your career or that people care and are invested.”

The Royal Rumble will air on Saturday, January 29th. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

H/T Fightful