Mickie James has taken to social media to call out the double standard that she sees around age in wrestling.
The former WWE Women’s Champion highlighted that while her male counterparts are “glorified” for holding championships into their 40’s and 50’s, women are expected to wind down and retire at 35.
Responding to a tweet from Taya Valkyrie which referred to getting older as a blessing, Mickie James took the opportunity to call out what she called an “obvious truth.”
I agree 1000 percent. But in this industry once you hit 35 it’s perceived you should start wrapping it up and retire as a women. Even though your just hitting you stride. At 40 “retire already” Even though the men are champs well into there 50s and glorified for it. Sad but true https://t.co/WLLfVIsLfI
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) March 14, 2021
James currently finds herself without a significant storyline, and has done so, since being defeated by Asuka on RAW back in August of 2020. She did however, appear at the Royal Royal Rumble, where she was eliminated by Lacey Evans.
By contrast, Bobby Lashley, the new WWE Champion is 44, while Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar who have held the title during the last 12 months are also over 40. Goldberg, who challenged for the WWE Championship as recently as the Royal Rumble, is 54.
Elsewhere in a recent interview, James has outlined her desire to never retire from wrestling. With the multi-time WWE Women’s Champion adding that:
“I’ve dedicated a lot of my life to cultivating this craft and being the best, or at least the best I can be. Once it’s in your blood like that, we might be retired from going out there and doing it, but once it’s part of your life in some capacity, you’ll never stop doing it.”
Mickie James is currently unassigned to a WWE brand and hasn’t been seen on television since the Royal Rumble.