WWE.com has learned that tonight on RAW, Women's Champion Mickie James will defend her championship for the first time against Lita -- one-half of RAW's Rated-R couple. If she can defeat Mickie, Lita and WWE Champion Edge will become the premiere power couple holding WWE's most coveted championships.
Tonight's match will mark the first time Mickie and Lita face each other in their respective WWE careers. Since pinning Trish Stratus at WrestleMania 22 to become Women's Champion, Mickie has successfully defended the championship for more than four months. A two-time Women's Champion herself, Lita has earned wins over several Divas over the past few months, including Torrie and Maria. On RAW, Lita will undoubtedly be one of the toughest challenges to Mickie's championship reign.
Last Monday, Mickie was set to defend her gold against former Women's Champion Trish Stratus until Edge and Lita interrupted the contest before it could even take place. Edge rudely dismissed Mickie from the ring then went on one of his signature tirades and bashed Trish. The Rated-R couple's utter disrespect for Mickie one week ago could potentially fuel Mickie heading into her championship defense tonight.
Last week's interruption also led to a Mixed Tag Team Match, pitting Trish and the object of her flirtation, Carlito, against Edge and Lita. Following a devastating spear from the WWE Champion, Trish was incapacitated and Lita pinned her in the center of the ring. As reported by WWE's Mobile Alert service, Trish has recovered from Edge's spear. Will she be looking to return the favor tonight on RAW?
What role will the Rated-R Superstar play in the Women's Championship match tonight? Will Mickie James walk out with her championship around her waist? Or will Lita and Edge prove to have the Midas touch? Tune in live tonight at 9/8 CT only on USA to find out.