James thanks the fans for being there. She thanks management for giving her the floor and says November will mark 24 years since she first stepped into a wrestling ring. She says that’s more than half of her life and that she spent that time living, breathing, bleeding and crying for the company. She says the past few years have been a journey, from sitting at her sister’s deathbed to her release six months later. She says all the criticism and negativity thrown at her got into her head, but fans helped ground her.
James went on to say she had one of the best runs of her career after winning her last knockout title. She said that after she lost her belt to Tasha Steelz and then was betrayed by Chelsea Green, it set her back even further. It made her feel like she didn’t belong and said she couldn’t anymore. She said she took a break from struggling to do some soul searching to figure out what to do. She said she just wanted to give women opportunities and give women equal time. She said if she ever got to the point where she couldn’t stay with the women over there, she’d leave.
James announces she’s not retiring, but says she wants to test herself. She says she’s not asking for a Knockout’s Title Match, but she wants to work her way up to it. She openly challenges one of the women in the back and says she will retire if she ever loses at some point in her journey. She says she promises it will be a great ride and it will end either way: she will take home the knockout title or she will retire.
We go backstage to Gia Miller and Josh Alexander. She asks his reaction to James’s announcement and he compliments her on being one of the greatest knockouts ever. Alexander then addresses Eddie Edwardsa and says they will find out who is the best man at Bound for Glory. He says Honor No More can be as bitter as they want, saying there’s no chance he’ll spit in the face of the company that helped him.
Edwards enters and sends Miller away. Edwards says he appreciates his loyalty, but he’s a sucker for being loyal to the company. He says Heath cut him off before he said his piece. Heath comes out of nowhere and kicks 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 let him attack the #1 Contender. D’Amore makes a match for Heath and Edwards next week and Heath thanks him and says this is all he ever wanted. Heath approaches Alexander and apologizes for cutting him off. Alexander waves him off and says Edwards was right in interrupting him before he could say his piece.
Back at ringside, Alex Zayne heads to the ring, followed by Mascara Dorada.