Mickie recently spoke to Chuck Kelly of The Belton Journal to talk about various topics including the growth and popularity of today’s wrestling scene and more. Read below:
“I think it’s the escape-ism,” she said, explaining “You know everyone, most all of us, grew up on ‘super heroes’ and wrestling has like the real-life super hero aspect to it. You kinda lose yourself in the character and storyline of each match. you can sort of live vicariously thru each wrestler, good guy or villian. It’s the entertainment and showmanship. You can get lost in it.”
Mickie told of watching wrestling with her dad as a kid. “It was our time together,” she commented. After high school in 1998, she attended a wrestling school and then had her first match (a loss) March 1, 1999. From starting crowds of 20-30 fans at a VFW Hall, she now performs before as many as 90,000. Women athletes have made a huge inroad into the business today and we asked”Why”?
“I think it adds a different spice and it makes it more realistic. It is more viable and believable because now there is a Women’s Championship and Women’s Tag Team Championship, so you believe that women are tough and capable. Women fans, especially, appreciate the women who get into the ring and they respect the fact that we aren’t pinups or models, we’re athletes,” she answered. “Women, as you know, are a lot feistier than the guys. You break up a boy fight in real life and they’re just throwing punches and stuff. but girls are pulling hair, scratching and screaming. We’re just catty and crazy.”
When questioned about the dangerous aspect of her profession and the possibility of injuries, Mickie put the “fake” charge about wrestling to rest.
“I have suffered several injuries but I’m fortunate. None have been too serious,” she said, then added “I’ve had cracked ribs, sprained neck, broken nose, teeth knocked out, stitches above my eye, separated both shoulders twice and had knee surgery…just another day at the office.”
When asked who she would prefer as an opponent, the World and Knockouts Champion answered, confidently:” I don’t care. I’m going to win anyway….it doesn’t matter who they are!”