Mickie James Offers More Details On All-Women's Brand Pitched To WWE
“It was met with a lot of resistance and maybe not understanding of why I was fighting so hard.”
After the critical success of NWA EmPowerrr, Mickie James feels women’s wrestling is in a good place, but still laments the lack of more all-women content in WWE.
Talking to SportsLine One, James recalls trying to get WWE to promote a sequel to their successful Evolution PPV:
"I would have these conversations, especially in the last two years, year and a half, what was next for Mickie James and how do we do that? I would often say, and I had several conversations with people backstage, from writers to office to executives, where I was like, 'Why haven't we done Evolution again? Why has there not been a two?' It was an incredible show, and I wish, especially because of the amount of tools that were available and the money and things that could have been as far as pushing it and developing stories, we could have utilised a lot more stuff, but the show itself was still remarkable. The girls killed it. I never want to take away from that.”
James continued, mentioning how she envisioned a permanent weekly all-women’s wrestling show on the WWE Network:
"Coming back from injury and figuring out what was next, I had been asked to work behind the scenes and in a producers role. I did commentary for a while. I remember right before WrestleMania, I went to NXT to do commentary and had some much fun. I had very important conversations with very important people. I said, 'Hey, let's do an all-women's brand. We do 205 Live and all these other things. We need content for The Network. We have an immense amount of talent, talent that isn't necessarily getting used on television right now. This could be a wonderful place for them to grow and find their voice and find their way to become stars in this pocket until they are ready to come to television. We could pull from here for the female talent.' It was met with a lot of resistance and maybe not understanding of why I was fighting so hard. I wasn't just fighting for me and I wasn't the only one who posed this question or went to the well. When I realised that this was the fight that I was hanging my hat on, it was unfortunate that it didn't happen the way I wanted to in that moment.”