Mickie James has discussed the fallout from “trash bag-gate” following her WWE exit and explained why she holds no resentment to the company.
Mickie James’ second run in WWE came to an end in April 2021 as the company continued to make budget cuts to its roster. Following her release, James publicised the fact that she had been sent her belongings in a trash bag by the company which led to the departure of Talent Relations supremo Mark Carrano.
Nowadays, Mickie James is a key fixture in IMPACT Wrestling as their Knockouts Champion. So, it came as a shock to everyone when WWE announced that James would be part of the upcoming women’s Royal Rumble match.
Speaking on The Ariel Helwani Show, Mickie James reflected on her WWE departure and the fallout which followed:
“So it was a weird day anyway. I was walking out the door to go do a photoshoot for my single I had coming out. So I was literally in one of the boxes, I actually got two boxes, but when one of the boxes had arrived so I just kind of brought it in.”
“I was like, oh this is my stuff can I use any of this for my shoot like a jacket, because my jackets are in a drawer and stuff, so I wonder if there’s anything in there. So then I open it, and it’s in a trash bag, and I see it, and I’m like of course, whatever.”
“Personally, I wasn’t as offended as the rest of the world was offended, just because I feel like it does suck and it is very, um, the symbology of it all, you know, even when you think about like, professionally or however you feel personally how you’ve been professionally booked, or any of those things, all those things aside, like that bit alone is kind of like already on a low.”
“I posted it as a sarcastic, [my sense of humor is sarcastic, like oh this is pretty on par guys, thanks] and then left and went to do whatever, and then I look down, and my phone is blown up, and I missed all these calls, important calls from Stephanie to Hunter to Johnny to um Vince. And I called Vince back that day, and he personally apologized to me, we had a whole conversation, so there was a lot of it.”
According to James, she holds no resentment to the company for letting her go and says any release from the company like that is “heartbreaking:”
“I think anyone’s heartbroken, you know the locker room is your family. Those are your friends, your family, those people you’ve been traveling with for the last x amount of years. And there’s obviously some of those relationships that, even from that separation alone, are going to get cut off.”
“And I think watching the product immediately is always kind of, I’ll watch it now, but I wasn’t watching it for a couple of months, you know, I want to support my friends, I love my friends, so I want to keep up on what they’re doing and stuff, so uh I don’t resent it now.”