Mickie James lost a RAW Women’s Title match to Asuka this week, but it went down in a very controversial fashion. The referee called for the bell and said that Mickie James was “unable to continue,” but she really was.
James previously spoke about this botched finish. The referee screwed up in all reality because Mickie had Asuka pinned and he should have been counting the pinfall.
Talk Sport recently spoke to Mickie James where she discussed the controversial ending to that RAW Women’s Title match. She still has no idea what happened during that match. She realizes that referees must make tough decisions in the ring, but she could have continued in the match.
“I honestly don’t know. I rolled back to count – one, two – there was no count. So she obviously went to go and lock back in the Asuka lock and I think in those moments, here’s the thing: it is a dangerous sport.”
“We have to be very careful. The refs do their job and kind of their job is to protect us and make sure it never goes too far or no one ever gets hurt.”
“So he made his decision based on what he thought was a reality, that I was hurt or I couldn’t continue and that’s unfortunate for me.
“I felt like I could continue and it’s an unfortunate loss. But, it’s not a real loss let’s face it. It was the final decision, what can I do? Except go in there a throw a fit on Monday!
On the referee thinking she was hurt…”
“In that moment it’s very hard for them to tell whether you are hurt or not. It can’t just be his call either. It must have been whoever thought I was hurt.”
“They’re just trying to protect me and keep me safe because concussions are a real thing. What we do as a sport is very dangerous. So if somebody gets a concussion, not only can they not wrestle the rest of that match, but they could possibly never wrestle again depending on how bad it is, same with football.”
“So we have to be careful with that and I get it. It was unfortunate for me and stinky, but I’m fine. My nose hurts a little bit from that knee lift, I’ll be honest [laughs].”
WWE’s official version of the story said that Mickie James was unable to continue. Fans will remember what really happened. We’ll have to see if Zelina Vega is placed in front of Asuka at this point, but those plans haven’t been 100% put in stone yet.