Interviewed by Riju Dasgupta of Sportskeeda, Mickie James shared a bit about Ronda Rousey's experience when she arrived in WWE in 2018, obviously having a background as a mixed martial arts fighter and not as a wrestler.
“I think she got into the business really fast, considering where her background comes from. And I said, yes, I have a lot of love and respect for Ronda. So maybe if you come to me and say, 'Oh, she doesn't deserve this because she was in the UFC and of course, she will get a push', you are on the wrong track I'm telling you obviously being in the position where I was there and be the one to take a lot of butt kicks from her, that's where she would get better and I could help her, you know, we could help each other.
I could have helped her improve because she was bad being an MMA fighter and a lot of that hurt."
Mickie James on Ronda Rousey
Mickie James also feels that Lita would be a great person to induct her into the WWE Hall of Fame due to everything that the two women have been through together throughout their respective careers.
The IMPACT star offered high praise for the returning WWE Superstar, touching on their time together in the same company and the kindness Lita had always shown her. Reigning Knockouts champion reminded fans that Ronda Rousey was trained to hurt people during her MMA career.
James would personally have found it difficult to develop such a mindset, as she went on to explain. "However, she is so kind and so caring, and this must be remembered. This is the woman who has been trained all her life to be" a killer", to be the baddest bitch on the planet.
[…] I've been wrestling in my life, I don't know if I can be a fighter because you have to have this legitimate killer instinct to really want to hurt your opponent, to want to hurt people. It takes a lot for me to get it out of me," said Mickie.
Obviously being a wrestler and a mixed martial arts fighter are two totally different things, precisely because the rules of combat change, but Ronda Rousey, according to many, has made progress by staying in WWE for a while, it is normal that she initially struggled.
"Or Amy, honestly, Lita, those would be the two because not only for Lita's retirement match and that whole thing of like going out," Mickie James continued. "But I know I've said it a lot in interviews but we never really talked about it on TV, but Amy was so kind at a time where it was just little Alexis Laree working the independents in North Carolina and jersey and Philly or anywhere that I could get booked.
And anytime I was in North Carolina, and Amy would come to a lot of the shows like in the Raleigh area, the local shows. Even when I was booked or even when I wasn't booked, because she just always loved to get back to the business in that sense, but she would pull me aside and give me advice every time."