Q&A with former WWE and TNA wrestler Mickie James

  • Mickie James (left) wrestles Angelina Love on Saturday night.
Mickie James (left) wrestles Angelina Love on Saturday night.
February 06, 2014|By Aaron Oster

Former WWE diva and TNA knockout Mickie James will be appearing at the Maryland Championship Wrestling show in Joppa on Saturday night.

I had a chance to catch up with her and talk about what she's doing now, her time in TNA and WWE, what she thinks of the current state of women's wrestling, and what she feels is special about MCW.

You last appeared in TNA in September, what have you been doing since then?

I've been doing a lot with the music. We've had a lot more music shows lined up. I'm still working independents, and signings, and working conventions. It’s the same dance always there. But yeah, I’ve been really focusing on getting the music stuff going. We’re talking about working on the third album and trying to get the schematics on that. So we’ll see.

After your last album, the music aspect of your career really took off, didn’t it?

Obviously, this album did much better than the first one. We really had steam behind it, we had a music video with Trish Stratus and Magnus from TNA in it ... I’ve had more shows and more gigs, and shows at the Harley Centers, so that has picked up a bit more. And that always helps, because people really want to see and hear your music live, to get a really good grasp on who you are as an artist. It did really well. It hit No. 15 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which meant I was someone to watch, and that was awesome. It wasn’t something that I expected at all. All I can do is keep moving forward. It’s not going to be something that happens overnight, but if I can keep moving forward, step by step everyday, then I’m doing something.

Is this really the first time you’ve been able to prioritize your music over everything else?

Yeah, I guess, in a sense. Because I’m not contracted or obligated in any way to any wrestling company right now, then it really has given me a chance to sit back and work on it. Wrestling, that’s always going to be my moneymaker, that’s what I’m good at, that’s what I love, and I would never give it up, even if the music takes off. Wrestling will always be a part of me and a part of my life. I just love it too much. It’s built the foundation of who I am, especially in the music world. It’s been a balancing act. You want to be taken seriously as an artist, and not just known as that girl wrestler who sings. So you want to go out and stand on your own legs. But at the same time, I don’t negate the fact that without everything I’ve accomplished in wrestling, I wouldn’t have been given so many really cool opportunities on the music side. Especially so early in my career. I’m still new on the music side. I’ve only really been plugging away at it since 2008 or 2009. But nobody knows what tomorrow holds. I could go back to WWE tomorrow, and that would be on the forefront because it’s such a demanding schedule on any aspect, and it’s what I love to do, and it’s what I’m good at. But even then, it wouldn’t take away from what I want to do in the music side.

When your contract in TNA ran out in September, you were the first of several big names, including guys like AJ Styles and Sting, to leave the company in a relatively short time. What were your last few months like in TNA?

It was weird, because before the last couple of months, for about the year before that, I really wasn’t doing much on TV. I wasn’t really involved in the storylines at all. Hell, I actually probably only wrestled in that year or year and a half, only about 50 or 75 shows. It wasn’t something that I was accustomed to, because I’ve always been used to, wherever I was, that I was doing something on the show, in some aspect. Not necessarily wrestling on every show, but doing something. So that was when those wheels started to turn of, “Well, I didn’t know if I was supposed to stick with TNA anyways.”

And then in those last few months, I was doing a lot. I just turned heel, I was really doing some cool stuff on TV. So when my departure came at that time, it was pretty, not shocking, because I knew my contract was coming up, and nobody even opened the door to talk about it until there was about a month before my contract ran out. But I didn’t expect that day was going to be my last day on TV until that day came. I was pretty happy towards the end because I was doing something fun and exciting and new to me. I begged them to turn heel for so long, and finally they did it, and we were just scratching the surface of it, and getting steam behind it. But then we just had to cut it because I had to walk away. But it is what it is. It was exciting to do something different and play that heel character and tap into that nasty side a bit.

Obviously, you haven’t been there for a few months, but when you were there, what was the locker room like?

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