Mickie James went through a lot with WWE, but one angle rubbed her the wrong way. During her first run with WWE, she experienced many angles including the infamous “Piggy James” situation. That would definitely not fly in 2020, but in 2017 after she returned WWE placed an angle on her that she really didn’t appreciate.
While speaking to Insight with Chris Van Vliet, James revealed that she was offended by the ageist angle that WWE wrote for her. She was only 35 at the time and not old by any means. Mickie James returned to WWE with a ton of gas in the tank, but she feels that angle did her no favors.
Chris Van Vliet, James explained that she found the angle offensive, and even raised those concerns, but still soldiered on because she’s a professional. She said:
“It isn’t fair, but I think it has always been a culture. I remember when I first came on, it was when you are 35, women are done in this business and women had much shorter careers. Maybe it has something to do with the fact I have been relevant on TV for the last 15 years in some capacity. I am all about building the future, but you can’t sh*t on your former champions and the history that was made.
“Maybe it’s because I am a wrestler and I look at wrestling from a wrestler and a wrestling fan’s perspective. I am up on what is relevant today, in 2021. (Jennifer Lopez) is one of the sexiest women and she is 50-something, Jennifer Anniston is the same. We don’t look at age like that anymore, but wrestling, as it always has been, has been late to the party. I could never wrap my head around and find it funny that I’m given a walker (on Raw in 2017). It’s bullsh*t and it’s not funny. I was offended and I said that I was offended. But I am a professional, and as a pro you go, ‘Fine and let’s see what happens’. Nine times out of 10 I was right, but it’s already happened. I had to do it just to prove a point. I feel like you should trust me enough, at this point, to know I am not an idiot. I am looking at it through the lens of our audience and where they’re at now.”
Mickie James was offended once again after her release when WWE sent her a care package via a trash bag to her front steps. That photo went viral and Mark Carrano was later fired for the infraction of disrespect.
James will wrestle again, but it will be for the NWA. She just confirmed her participation in the 73r Anniversary event, but she needs an opponent. We will have to see what’s next for her, because James is far from finished.
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