Mickie James has discussed the differences in style between men and women in the wrestling ring, saying that when she broke into the business she had to train like a man.
James was released from WWE on the 15th of April as part of the company cutting budgets alongside the likes of The IIconics, Kalisto, and Samoa Joe.
Following her release, Mickie James has been seen on NWA programming where she announced she is putting together an all-female show that will be entitled NWA Empowerrr.
James broke into the wrestling business in 1999 and the trailblazer says at the time her only option was to be trained by men and to train like a man to compete in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling.
Responding to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, James explained if there were any differences between the way men and women train for the ring:
“No, because I only trained with men. There wasn’t any females in my training class. It wasn’t until I was about a year and a half in the business except for the girlfriend [of the male talent], but she was a manager. She didn’t really go through the training, she was just coming out with her boyfriend on the shows. There wasn’t a whole lot of women training to be a wrestler. If anything it was training to be a valet or something like that.”
“So I was only training with men. I had to learn to work and train like the guys because that’s who were teaching me. It took me a minute to go I need to throw in my female-isms. That was what made me different. There is a real art to be able to go like the boys, but remembering you are a female and throwing those aspects in. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a fight but men and women fight different. Men don’t go clawing at the eyes or snatching weaves. Women are nasty when they fight, they get vicious. That’s the unpredictability about us.”
Mickie James also discussed being sent her belongings by WWE in a trash bag, not in 2021 but after her first release from the company in 2010.