IMPACT Hard To Kill Main Event Was Set Well Before Mickie James' WWE Royal Rumble Announcement

Mickie James and Deonna Purrazzo are making a lot of history this weekend, between Mickie being announced as a Royal Rumble entrant while Knockout's Champion, and Purrazzo competing for the ROH Title, which she is expected to win. However, they made history in main eventing the Hard to Kill PPV.

We're told that this was not a reactionary move from the company based on the Royal Rumble announcement for Mickie James. At least since last week, the plan was for James and Purrazzo to main event the show. The company wanted it to serve as a surprise, with one source comparing it to the X Division main eventing Unbreakable 2005 as the most buzzworthy match on the show.

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Those that we spoke to within IMPACT say that Mickie James does not have an exclusive deal with the company, and there are several others who have similar agreements.

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