Mickie James believes having a conversation with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon about being booked may have made things 'awkward' for her with the creative team.
James, who was released by WWE in April and joined the NWA this week, underwent ACL surgery in 2019 and took time off to recover. However, upon her return to full fitness, she was not booked for a return to WWE television by the creative team.
The former Women's champion would have a direct conversation with McMahon, telling him she was fit and ready to return, which led to her facing Asuka last year on Raw.
However, James believes circumnavigating the WWE creative team may have made things awkward for her and possibly contributed to her not being utilised or having ideas pitched.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, she said: “I went to Vince and was kind of like ‘hey, I just want to you know that I’ve been just sitting at home, just chilling. I’m ready to come back whenever you guys want me to come back.’
"I think that’s what had me come back for the whole Asuka thing right there. But then, I felt like because I went to Vince it all made it awkward cause I went around the creative.
"It’s just crazy, it’s politics, and I don’t want to get into all of that because I don’t want to expose too much. It’s like, good times and bad times. You have the best times of your life, you have some of your best friends there. And then also sometimes you get really disheartened, in that capacity.
"And it’s all stuff to do with things that are sometimes out of your control, and it’s very frustrating."
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