It was revealed yesterday that former Women's world champion Mickie James will be returning to the company to face NXT Women's champion Asuka at Takeover: Toronto the night before WWE Survivor Series.
However, according to NoDQ.com, that wasn't the original plan for the WWE.
Sure, a six-time world champion like James is a mighty fine plan B, but what Vince McMahon originally had up his sleeve blew that idea out of the water.
The WWE wanted the legendary Trish Stratus to battle Asuka in her hometown of Toronto for the NXT Women's championship.
The intrigue around that match would have been insane. It would either be the biggest way possible to get the current champion over, or, it would be a triumphant return for Trish and the fantasy matches with Sasha Banks and Charlotte would be within the WWE Universe's collective grasps.
Unfortunately, those plans were nipped in the bud when Stratus announced she was pregnant. Obviously, that prevented the former record-setting seven-time Women's champion and WWE Hall of Famer from making a grand return at the age of 40 and the company reached out to James as a replacement.
The report also notes that Stratus' intended run wasn't going to be a one-match deal. The former Diva of the Decade was pencilled in for a few dates stretching into 2017, but James has now secured that deal.
Interestingly enough, James got her break in the WWE in 2005 in a storyline with Stratus where she played her biggest fan. Now, she benefits from her former peer's unavailability.