The feud between Mickie James and Trish Stratus hit its zenith at WrestleMania 22 (you can see the awesome angle leading up to it following Mickie’s heel turn and the match itself by clicking here), but as discussed in our most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast with former WWE writer Alex Greenfield, their first match is a forgotten encounter from a couple of months earlier.

Mickie earned her first shot at Stratus’ Women’s Championship by defeating Victoria on December 12, 2005, with the match taking place at New Years Revolution on January 8 in Albany, NY. At the time, the pair were friends – though their relationship was starting to become strained – and Mickie was still a Trish superfan, desperate to be like her idol, and that included becoming Women’s Champ.

Some moments to look out for in the match include Mickie copping her first inappropriate feel on Trish before going for the infamous V-lick; a smattering of chants for Mickie as the fans start to get into her character; the fans getting more into the match as it continues (the sign of a strong match) and; how Mickie’s obsession is her own undoing. Click after the jump to watch…