Mickie James' goal of changing how women in wrestling are looked is still ongoing.
James has been a longtime veteran in the industry, wrestling for more than 20 years and in her time in the industry, she has seen a lot. James, never content with just being a valet or manager, spoke with Sports Illustrated and said she has always wanted to make a positive impact in women's wrestling as a wrestler.
“My goal has always been to change the way women are perceived in wrestling, and that’s still my goal. It was very different when I first broke in. I never wanted to be a valet or a manager. I wanted to be a wrestler. I wanted to have the best match of the night. That mentality has kept me leveling up. I always want more for women in wrestling," James said.
Now, James is on the cusp of another title in WWE as she is challenging Asuka for the Raw Women's Championship on the September 14 episode of Raw. James spoke on why being champion means so much to her, especially if she can do it a decade since her last title run in WWE.
“A title run would mean the world to me. That belt means you’re the standard-bearer, and it’s been 10 years since I’ve held gold in WWE. The belt means the company believes in you and the people want to see you. I’m putting my heart and soul into working with Asuka," James said.
The full interview can be read at this link.