Mickie James has recalled her first meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, in which she pitched her first character to the boss.
James made her debut on WWE Monday Night Raw as a Trish Stratus super-fan in 2005, which led to one of WWE's most comprehensive and detailed women's storylines of the time, including James beating Stratus for the WWE Women's Championship at WrestleMania 22.
The former WWE superstar has now revealed that she developed that character herself and, having pitched it to Michael Hayes, was told she had to make it clear to McMahon that she had both come up with the idea and that no one else could pull it off like she could.
Speaking on The CLS Experience with Craig Siegel, she said: "I went home and I reset and I came up with this character, this story, this idea for this character who was a massive super fan which was genuinely in my heart. I was able to come up and cultivate this character that I was like, ‘This’.
"I pitched it and I remember walking into Vince [McMahon’s] office with this idea and I go, I’m like, ‘I heard you read my idea and you liked it’. Michael Hayes is the one who said, ‘You need to walk into Vince’s office, you need to tell him that you wrote that. You need to tell him that nobody can play it but you.'
"I’m like in Columbus, Ohio, driving up from Louisville, which is the developmental territory OVW at the time and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ The whole time I’m sitting outside of Vince’s office I’m like, ‘I feel like I’m gonna vomit.’ It was the scariest. If you’ve never met the man in person, he’s so...he has this aura about him and he’s so powerful and so intimidating but yet so genuine and real. He’s always been kind and genuine to me and I’m just like, I was terrified for my life.
"Anyway, I was like, ‘I heard you read my storyline and that you really liked it and I just want you to know I created that character, I know that character inside and out. There’s nobody, nobody that can play that character like me’.
"He just looked at me and he’s just like, ‘Wow, you got guts.’ Yeah, I was like, ‘Thanks?’ I was like I don’t know what to say. ‘Okay, thank you’ but I had waited for hours to say this to him and I didn’t even know how to follow it up."
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