Appearing on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Mickie James has given her opinion on Eva Marie’s return to RAW.
On the latest edition of Monday Night Raw Eva Marie appeared in a short vignette, declaring that she was bringing the Eva-Lution to WWE.
While Eva Marie teased a return last month in an interview with Muscle and Fitness, her appearance caused quite the stir among fans. Many pointed to the recent releases of Superstars such as The IIconics and Mickie James, questioning the idea of budget cuts, while also hiring or re-hiring new talents.
In conversation with Paquette, James praised Eva Marie’s ability to go away and have a career outside of wrestling. The former Women’s Champion added that while Marie’s wrestling might never have been her strong point, that doesn’t mean she can’t be successful inside wrestling.
“You know I say honestly, that’s it’s incredible that she’s been able to step away and still remain relevant, and rebrand herself and almost excel outside, not everybody does that. So I don’t think her wrestling ability was ever her strength, I know she’s been doing in NXT working and stuff, I don’t know. I don’t think that the wrestling bit was ever her thing.”
“I feel like there’s always been, even going back to old school wrestling, believe that there’s a role for everybody. And not everybody has to be a five-star wrestler, or whatever and have dream matches. That doesn’t have to be a thing, if their character is strong, and they can sell tickets and ratings, then I guess it works.”
Addressing the fans that have questioned the return of All Red Everything in light of the recent releases. James pointed to the fact that new characters often debut after WrestleMania.
“It’s always ironic when you go, ‘you know they have…’ the fans, they go ‘well they’ve just had all these budget cuts, let all these people go and and then you debut somebody else.’ But they always debut new talent after WrestleMania as well.”
James continued by reiterating her respect for Eva Marie for what she has achieved while she’s been away from WWE. The former multi-time Knockouts Champion said that she hopes Maria can turn the backlash into something positive for her character.
“She’s beautiful and she’s stunning, and I do have mad respect in the sense that, she has a million followers and she’s been able to rebrand herself, and really do a whole other thing outside of wrestling once she left.”
“Me being an entrepreneur, I’m always looking at stuff so I completely respect that side of her and if she can capitalise on all this heat and just kind of go ‘Yeah so.’ That’s where everybody will hate her and it’ll be great for her.”
May 3rd marked Eva Marie’s first appearance on the red brand since March 28th 2016, shortly before she was drafted to SmackDown as part of the WWE Draft of that year. A Wellness Policy violation in August marked the end of her run on television and after being unused for a year, Marie announced that she and WWE had parted ways in August 2017 – following which she embarked upon an acting and television career.
Meanwhile, Mickie James was released by WWE on April 15th, and later admitted that she felt she was being pigeon-holed by the company before her departure.