James thanks the fans for being here. She thanks management for letting her have the floor and says November will be 24 years since she first stepped into a wrestling ring. She says that’s over half of her life and she has spent that time living, breathing, bleeding and crying for the business. She says the last couple of years have been a journey, from sitting at her sister’s death bed to her release six months later. She says that all of the criticism and negativity hurled at her got in her head, but fans helped to ground her.
James continued on to say she had one of the greatest runs of her career after winning her latest Knockout’s Title. She said that after she lost her belt to Tasha Steelz and subsequently being betrayed by Chelsea Green, it set her back even further. It made her feel like she didn’t belong anymore and said she couldn’t do it anymore. She said she took a break from wrestling to do some soul searching in order to figure out what she needed to do. She said that all she wanted to do is to give women opportunities and give women equal time. She said that if she ever got to the point where she couldn’t hang with the women back there, then she would leave.
James announces that she isn’t retiring, but says she wants to test herself. She says that she isn’t asking for a Knockout’s Title Match, but she wants to work her way up to it. She issues an open challenge to any of the women in the back and says that if she ever loses at any point in her journey, then she’s retiring. She says she promises that it will be a hell of a ride and it will end one of two ways: she will either take home the Knockout’s Title or she’s retiring.
We head backstage to Gia Miller and Josh Alexander. She asks his reaction to James’ announcement and he compliments her on being one of the greatest Knockouts ever. Alexander then addresses Eddie Edwardsa and says that they will find out who the best man is at Bound for Glory. He says that Honor No More can be as bitter as they want, and says that there’s no chance he will spit in the face of the company who helped him.
Edwards walks in and sends Miller off. Edwards says that he appreciates his loyalty, but he’s a chump for being loyal to the company. He says Heath cut him off before he said his piece. Heath comes in out of nowhere and spears him off the chair.
Back from the break, Scott D’Amore approaches Heath. He says no one likes him more than he does, but D’Amore says he can’t keep having him attack the #1 Contender. D’Amore makes a match for Heath and Edwards next week and Heath thanks him, saying it’s all he ever wanted. Heath approaches Alexander and apologizes for cutting him off. Alexander brushes him off, saying Edwards was right in that he interrupted him before he could say his piece.
Back at ringside, Alex Zayne heads to the ring, followed by Mascara Dorada.