Mickie James has revealed that she had expected to end her wrestling career in WWE prior to being released in April 2021.
Speaking during a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, the five-time WWE Women’s Champion described her release as “disappointing” rather than surprising.
James left WWE for a second time on April 15th, alongside the likes of Samoa Joe, Chelsea Green and The IIconics. It was a release that caused quite the stir as James later received her belongings wrapped up in a trash bag. The controversy saw Triple H and Stephanie McMahon make public apologies, while Marc Carrano who had worked in talent relations was later let go by the company.
Reflecting on this period, James said that while it’s tough to be surprised by anything, she expected to end her career with WWE.
“I think that surprised is a word that is thrown around. I don’t think I am ever surprised at anything. It’s hard to have expectations, because nothing ever goes according to your plan. But I thought I would wrap my career there [WWE]. I was so grateful to be able to go back and wrap up my story and bow out in a good graces kind of way. I felt like the first time I left was on such weird terms. And I did some amazing stuff when I came back. But it wasn’t shocking, because I was kind of in this space where I felt it kind of coming. I can’t explain why but I just did, and it felt disheartening. It was disappointing more than anything.”
Recalling her final months and years with the company James also expressed her disappointment at how she was treated. The former IMPACT Wrestling star said that she just wanted to bow out gracefully, but there was “zero interest” from WWE.
Following her release, Mickie James has since announced a spectacular new challenge. On a recent episode of NWA POWERRR, James revealed that, not only has she joined the company, but she will be producing a new all-women’s pay-per-view on August 28th.
The event – named NWA EMPOWERRR – will take place in St. Louis, Missouri and is one of two PPVs the promotion will host across the weekend with NWA 73, celebrating the anniversary of the historic promotion, will take place at the iconic Chase Ballroom.