Former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James has taken to social media to comment on her release from the company.
Posting on Twitter, James thanked the fans and Vince McMahon, adding that she was “grateful for the memories.”
James hadn’t appeared for WWE since competing in the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match back in January.
After a highly successful run with the company, James initially left WWE in 2010. After stints on the independent circuit and in TNA, now IMPACT Wrestling, James returned to WWE in 2016, appearing at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.
Grateful for the memories. Grateful for the locker room. Grateful for the fans. Grateful for these little keys to my golden handcuffs. You can never expected others vision of you to be big as your own dreams. Thank you @VinceMcMahon#AlwaysBlessedAndGrateful
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) April 15, 2021
In recent months Mickie James had spoken out about ageism in wrestling. Highlighting the limited number of opportunities for women over 35, compared to those of their male counterparts.
“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”
The news of James’ release comes as several Superstars have also departed the company. Among those to be released are Samoa Joe, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay and Chelsea Green.
Meanwhile Tucker, who has also been released, initially commented “Freedom Baby!” Later adding “looking forward to telling my story.”
There is no news yet on the reason or rationale behind the releases, but it’s worth noting several WWE Superstars were released at almost exactly the same time last year with the company, as well as backstage workers being furloughed with WWE stating that the move was in response to the coronavirus pandemic.