RAW Superstar Mickie James is a veteran in the wrestling industry. She started wrestling back in 1999, making a name for herself before heading to TNA and eventually, WWE.
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, James explained what it was like to get started back in 1999, when the industry was male-dominated more than it is now. She also went into detail about why she has a problem with Becky Lynch’s nickname as “The Man” in WWE.
James explains that she believes women are the dominant sex and she feels that the nickname Lynch uses is outdated. Mentioning the recent twitter beef she had with Lynch, James reminded fans that the two are cool. She also says she has respect for the woman who is set to challenge Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35.
“Relax folks, it’s Twitter. Come on! I mean it’s cool, she’s the man. That’s cool. And I’m the woman. I said it there and I’ll say it again, women have always been the dominant sex. So if you want to do this whole ‘I’m the man’ thing which I think went out in 2010, if you want to bring that back, that’s cool. But I’m a woman, I’m a grown ass woman, you know what I mean? And I’m proud of it. I love Becky though, I do respect her. I think she’s fantastic, she amazingly talented. I’m just better.”
James also explained that the more male-oriented industry back in 1999 resulted in her having to train with guys. This gave her the drive to be good, if not better than all the guys she would take on in the squared circle.
“There was a difference between the girls who went out and did gravy bowl matches and granted we were all asked to do some of that stuff but I think even still, the matches that I would have with Beth Phoenix or Trish Stratus they were held at different standards. I don’t think there was ever at any time when the boys in the locker room, at least when I went out there, would say this isn’t going to be a good match. I think they knew because I trained with all guys. There weren’t a whole lot of girls working the independent circuit when I started. There were only a handful of really good girls that you could go out there and work with. So I had to work with most of the guys and train with most of the guys so I learned to work like one of the guys. I didn’t want to be good for a girl, I wanted to be as good if not better than all the guys.”
You can find the interview with James and Vliet below:
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