Mickie James has recalled the advice she received early on in her WWE career, remembering being told she’d only have a five-year career.
When you think of the great women’s wrestlers in history, Mickie James immediately comes to mind. She’s a seasoned veteran with over two decades of experience, wrestling all over the globe for every major promotion you can think of.
Not everyone thought this was possible for the multi-time Women’s Champion, however, as the wrestling legend has recalled being told her career would last no more than five years. It’s amazing, then, that she’s wrestled for almost five times as long as she was predicted to!
Speaking with SEScoops’ Ella Jay, Mickie James revealed the shocking advice she received, with a five-year career seemingly being told to Mickie as a compliment so that she could move on with her life afterwards:
“I’ve had a lot of good, amazing teachers and people I can lean on and learn from, right? Or [people] that believed in me enough to push me to believe, or perhaps didn’t believe in me at all and it pushed me even more. But it’s been crazy, and I said this recently, but when I first got into wrestling, the common thing I remember people saying…‘Once you go up and you go up, you’ll have a five-year career. You have a great run, you can go home and have kids, and [write a] next chapter’.”
Initially debuting as a valet named Alexis Laree in 1999, Mickie James is now a household name, with experience in WWE, IMPACT Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Ring of Honor, and just about everywhere else.
Mickie James first rose to prominence when she was introduced as a superfan of Trish Stratus in 2005, which led to their incredible rivalry and James’ first Women’s Championship win at WrestleMania 22. She’d win a further five Women’s Championships and one Divas Championship prior to her release from WWE in April 2010.
She remains a free agent following her second release from WWE in April 2021, though she’s made her presence known in both IMPACT Wrestling – where she won her fourth Knockouts World Championship in October – and the NWA, where she was responsible for the company’s inaugural all-women’s pay-per-view, EmPowerrr.
Mickie James last wrestled over WrestleMania weekend, teaming with husband Nick Aldis to defeat Matt Cardona and Chelsea Green. She was last seen on-screen at IMPACT’s Slammiversary card, serving as the ringside enforcer for the inaugural Queen of the Mountain match.