Mickie James believes that she’ll never retire from the wrestling business because she loves it so much, wanting to teach the younger talent.
Most recently James was a part of the WWE ‘Raw Legends Night’ in January and then was a surprise entrant in the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble match where she entered at #19 and lasted just over 7 minutes before Lacey Evans eliminated her.
Up until September 2020, James was a regular on WWE TV, a broken nose took her out of action and she hasn’t returned to a full schedule since.
It’s weird to say that out loud, ‘the Legends Show.’ Am I a legend? I don’t know. Some of the co-workers will say that in joking and I’ve said it in jest. ‘Legend Mickie James, hahaha,’ but it was not real life where I think of myself as a legend.
When I think legend, I think of the people I look up to. It’s just weird. It’s amazing and I’m grateful and it’s a huge honour, but it’s weird to say or speak out loud.
Though she’s not wrestling at the moment (Rumble match aside), she is quick to say that she isn’t retired, nor does she have any desire to do so. Mickie goes on to say that she wants to provide knowledge and experience to the younger talent coming through, from a coaching perspective.
I don’t think I’ll ever retire from the wrestling business because I love it so much. I’ll always be a contributor in some capacity, somewhere, because I am so passionate about it and I’m good at it.
I’ve dedicated a lot of my life to cultivating this craft and being the best, or at least the best I can be. Once it’s in your blood like that, we might be retired from going out there and doing it, but once it’s part of your life in some capacity, you’ll never stop doing it.
Even if it’s coaching the local kid’s team. When you dedicate so much time, the best thing you can do is give back in that capacity and that fulfilment on a different level.
Currently unassigned to a WWE brand, we wait to see when the next Mickie James appearance will be – judging from her Royal Rumble appearance there’s still plenty of fuel left in the tank for the former WWE Women’s Champion.
h/t to Fightful for the transcription.