Mickie James had her first WWE stint between 2003 and 2010, during which time she became a five-time women's champion and one-time Divas Champion. After a brief stint at IMPACT Wrestling, she returned to the Stamford company five years ago.
Mickie wished she could work with some of the new WWE stars, only to retire once her contract expired. Things did not go as she hoped, also due to the effects of the global pandemic. In April 2021, the James was in fact released by the company of Vince McMahon.
Since that time, she has been working for both NWA and IMPACT Wrestling. She also committed to making the first all-female pay-per-view in NWA history, Empowerrr. The event was positively received by both fans and insiders. Speaking on the latest edition of 'Busted Open Radio', Mickie analyzed her last stint in WWE.
Mickie James on her WWE release
"I was back in WWE with great expectations, I was really excited and I was hoping to do a fantastic stint" - confided Mickie James. “The prospect of working with WWE stars today drove me crazy with joy, as did the opportunity to perform in front of new audiences.
I was convinced that I was going to retire to WWE. Things did not go this way for various reasons ”- he added. However, Mickie found the strength to get up: “When I left, I was really heartbroken. I would have liked to have done a lot more during my second WWE stint, but I had to accept the reality.
I love my new job, as I am laying the foundations to take women to an even higher level in this business”. In the 2021 edition of 'Bound for Glory', the 42-year-old from Richmond defeated Deonna Purrazzo to win the Impact Knockout's Championship for the fourth time ever.
“Getting back to winning was great, I proved to myself that I can still be competitive” - she explained. In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Mickie James opened up on her release and expressed her true feelings about being let go from WWE: "Nothing surprises me really anymore.
It's hard to have expectations because nothing ever goes according to your plan but I thought I would wrap my career there." Mickie James continued, "I was like so grateful to be able to go back and have the opportunity to kind of wrap up my story there and kind of bow out in a good graceful kind of way, because I felt like the first time I left, was on such weird terms and I did some amazing stuff when I came back.
I really did, but it wasn't shocking because I kinda was in this space where I felt it coming. I kind of felt it already coming but it was just disheartening. It was disappointing, I should say, moreso than anything."