I think this is a win-win-win for all parties (Michael Scott's ideal result for negotiation). TNA gets the arguably the best and most popular non-retired former WWE Diva, Mickie gets a lighter schedule but a national platform to perform, and we get to see Mickie's lovely (ahem) thickness back on television.
There's some funny stuff on @mickiejamesdiva's Twitter about how she doesn't watch "NXT Mickie" (AJ, obviously).
The important question in this whole situation: Will TNA provide transportation from New York for Mickie's biggest fan to attend the tapings? And, will the judge in New York allow him to go to Orlando? And the TNA office better remember that if they fire Mickie, they shouldn't open any packages making ticking sounds from New York.
Originally posted by BroncolancheThis is 100% offtopic but I figured I'd ask since I don't follow TNA: are Bischoff and Hogan no longer associated with them?
Very much the opposite. The Hogan and Bischoff regime is still firmly in place. Hogan has been MIA because of his ongoing back problems sending him back and forth from the hospital, but they're still "in charge" of TNA with Dixie Carter in whatever capacity they occupy.
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I'd love to be happy about this but I really doubt that one person is going to save a division that TNA obviously doesn't care about (I mean considering that they have Sarita and Hamada on the roster and they barely use THEM, I'm not holding my breath for a 2008-2009 level of Knockouts Division).
I'm sure we'll see her once then TNA will forget about her for three months until they decide that they need to trot someone else out so they can be all like "see, we have other people besides the Beautiful People".
In many ways, this needs to be another Wrestlemania X for them, where 3 new stars (HBK, Hall and Owen) were made and Bret Hart was solidified. Now, they aren't using basically all-new talent this time, but your point is well taken.