Former 6-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James appeared on the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast and to talk about her recovery from the torn ACL she suffered during the Summer of 2019, her goals, and more. Check out the highlights below.
On how her recovery is going:
It’s going great actually. I feel really — and I say that and I feel really good in moments. I’m due to return. I felt I was so, so close to getting ready to be cleared and then obviously my timing, per usual is impeccable. But, I was like, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s a blessing.’ I feel like everything is always, you never know. There’s a reason for everything.
So, I’ve just been kind of still steadily rehabbing because even now and I’m just nine months or whatever it is post-surgery, I can tell within myself where perhaps my hamstring isn’t as strong as my other one and they are not completely equal so if I have more time in my own right to continue to heal and recover and build to come back, I’d rather come back at 110 percent than 90.
On what she wants to accomplish next:
I wanna win the championship at least one last time. One more championship. There is three [brands]. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t say that. I feel like I have a little bit of an affinity to RAW because I started my career on RAW and I feel like I’ve done some amazing work on RAW and I wasn’t on SmackDown very long the first time around, and I worked with Michelle McCool and Layla over on SmackDown but on my first run — that sounded ironic because I came back to SmackDown with Alexa [Bliss], so that was cool. So obviously it’s different but I don’t know. I feel like I could have a hell of a match with Becky [Lynch], I love what Bayley’s doing right now.
I always look at it in that element of the story of like, ‘Okay, where would I fit in-in that story because that’s where it is for me.’ It’s not just about the matches or, ‘Oh, what belt would you wanna go for?’ That’s not the key element of that. It’s more about the story and what type of ride could I take them on to never forget and have that match and that story go down in history as one of the greatest of all-time because you know why? It wasn’t that it was the greatest match that they’ve ever seen in their life, but it made them feel a genuine emotion and that’s where the money is, and that’s what I want.
On her commentary skills:
Oh my gosh, it’s a completely different set [of skills]. I don’t know, I think you’re being very generous when it comes to my commentary skills. I felt like I was learning every day, and poor Byron [Saxton]. I loved it. It was so much fun but it was super challenging. I don’t think that we as performers, and I only know because I had guest commentated before so I was aware of having different people in your ear and stuff like that, but it is super challenging to come up with ways to say the same thing without saying it the same way, or creative ways to go into your point and if you get thrown something you need to talk about, it’s hard. Like that is hard.
Everyone who sits at that commentary and that announcers table, hats off to you because that is hard, and I started to feel I was actually starting to find my groove and get more comfortable and find my own personality and not feel so tense of like, ‘Okay, just don’t trip over your own tongue’ and fans can kind of understand from my perspective and I do provide that on that aspect of like, I have been in the ring so I do know what those moves feel like. I know what it’s like to be in most of those situations and what I might do in those situations so I can provide that.
Credit to PostWrestling for the transcription.