Mickie James has discussed her original release from WWE in 2010 and says history repeated itself in 2020 as her belongings were returned in a trash bag back then as well.
James was part of a slew of talents released from WWE on April 15th, 2020 alongside the likes of The IIconics, Kalisto, and Samoa Joe. The six-time WWE Women’s Champion made headlines after she shared a picture on social media of her belongings returned to her by the company inside a trash bag. In the aftermath, both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon issued public apologies to James and Mark Carrano was let go from his position in the Talent Relations department.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Mickie James discussed her release from WWE in 2010 and how she took it much worse the first time around.
Responding to Van Vliet asking if her belongings were returned in a trash bag in 2010, James replied:
“It did. This is the crazy thing, I posted that picture to kind of go yeah this still a thing. We have put up with so much crap in wrestling that we had become desensitized. We live in our own world and I forgot that the trash bag was offensive. There was more to that too. I rewound back to the 2010 Mickie James, where I was mentally then when it happened the first time. It was like a stab in the heart to an open wound. I took it then as they think I am trash. I was with the company for 4 years, and they think I am trash.”
“All these thoughts were running through my head. If you are already broken, they can be devastating. I am thinking about all of that and all the people who also got released beside me. I see my name on the bag and it defines which bag is in which box. I’m thinking about the girls and they wouldn’t say anything, because you don’t want to mess up an opportunity for the future. But this Mickie James don’t give a sh*t. I am super grateful for my career and my ability, I couldn’t do it without WWE.”
Mickie James has been busy since her WWE exit. She recently announced her plans to run an all-female wrestling show in conjunction with the National Wrestling Alliance.