In a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, former six-time WWE Women’s Champion, Mickie James had some things to say about her former employer’s lack of planning.
James appeared on the popular radio show and spoke about the lack of direction and shortsighted booking in WWE.
Here’s what James had to say;
“There is the best talent in the world there. You look at the brands and there’s no one that produces the television that they do because they have a monopoly on the market and everything. And there’s a reason why they’ve been able to do that. But it’s unfortunate when, creatively, you’re held back from your true potential. Whether it’s because there’s a certain vision for this one thing because a lot of people just become afterthoughts, and that’s a terrible thing. When you feel like you’re an afterthought, that’s a sucky feeling. And it’s not done on purpose, it’s just, like, it’s so single-minded because they have this one vision for this one idea that they have to be on. That’s the one that’s the little golden egg at the moment, and then everything else just kind of works itself out.”
“And I think that we, or me anyway, come from a perception of ‘where are we going here? Where’s the payoff, how far is it? That’s where we’re going to get there’ kind of thing. Three months from now, whatever that is. And I like to think backwards so each step is a bigger step in that direction. And I think a lot of times when television is being written short term like there’s no long term perspective except for one or two storylines. When it’s so shortsighted, you end up cutting off your nose to spite your face sometimes. Because you’ll bury a talent two weeks ago, and then you’ll turn around and start building them or pushing them or they’re winning championships three weeks from there, out of nowhere.”
If there is anyone who knows about how shortsighted WWE’s booking firsthand is, it is James. The company criminally mishandled her latest run. James is an icon and a legend in the business and deserved to be treated as such. James closed the discussion by stating that despite experience many good times, the WWE process can be discouraging.
“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.”
Mickie James broke the news that NWA will host an all-women’s pay-per-view on August 28. James will act as the Executive Producer bringing her invaluable experience and knowledge to the promotion for this historic event.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.
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