The legendary Mickie James has opened up about her relationship with Vince McMahon, recalling the conversation whereby WWE’s CEO apologised to her.
Speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy in an interview for Issue 12 of Inside The Ropes Magazine, James was asked about Triple H rebuffing the suggestion that WWE talent could appear on the show.
“Never say never! I haven’t called Vince yet. I do think, ‘Oh, it would be cool to see . . . ‘ Because some of those girls [released], they’re on 90 day [no competes] or whatever, but their 90 days falls just after [the show]. You never know. People say what they want about WWE, but I’ve been around, I’ve grown up in the company and I do still consider it family. When Vince McMahon called me to apologise when I got my stuff in the trash bag it was a very sincere apology.
The six-time WWE Women’s Champion added that Vince McMahon has always treated her with respect.
“My issue was never with Vince, because Vince has always been kind to me, he’s always treated me with respect and with love, even when he was upset at me at WrestleMania for this thing (Mickie sticks two fingers up). When I look at Vince’s life and my life, I think—aside from the fact he’s a billionaire now—our beginnings are not all that different. We’re not very different people. I think I connected with Vince on a real level, on a human level, which is probably uncommon. People think that’s crazy to say because they just don’t see him like that. But I see him like that because of my conversations with him, and a genuine feeling about Vince and how I think that he feels about me.”
The NWA star added that her issue was never with Vince McMahon, but “simple-minded” people “underneath” him.
“So my issue was never with Vince, it was just with some people underneath him that were a little simple-minded, that’s all. And it’s unfortunate—I feel like there’s a lot of stuff that happens behind the scenes that is more ego-driven and power plays due to insecurity rather than acting for the actual good of the company. It’s in every company, I don’t think it’s just there. It’s not just wrestling either, it’s in corporate America. There’s little things that happen with the people that want to be in a power position that are manipulating and pulling the strings to keep themselves there. But I never take no for an answer. I was told I’ll never get hired—they weren’t interested at least 200 times. You’re going to get told no a lot more than you get told yes. So when I ask, the worst thing they can say is no.”
Thanks so much to Mickie James for taking the time! You can read our full interview with Mickie James in this month’s Inside The Ropes Magazine or, for something a little different, check out our 20 Questions with Mickie James.