WWE icon Mickie James claims Vince McMahon's company is ageist AND sexist and wrestling chief called her after release
FORMER WWE star Mickie James has accused the company of being ageist and sexist following her release earlier this month.
The 41-year-old – who won six world titles during her time with WWE – was one of nine wrestlers axed due to budget cuts.
And James has hit out at WWE for constantly presenting her as being old after returning in 2016, as she stated that male wrestlers of the same age or older are 'glorified'.
Speaking to GAW TV, the Virginia native said: "I think the small-minded mentality sometimes leads to thoughtless behaviour.
"Especially for me, to constantly be presented as old, when I’m 41 and every single male champion has always been my same age or older and has been glorified for those reasons.
"As they should be, they’re f***ing amazing. But, why is it different for women? Or why is it different for me? Ageism is a real thing and it’s bulls***.
"I’m truly grateful for the strides that we [as women] have made, and to be seen as more equal. But it’s simply not true for every single person. Sometimes, that’s unfortunate.
"I don’t know why I was made to feel like I didn’t deserve [the same treatment] because I did everything in my power to be a company girl, and for some reason I was made to feel like I didn’t deserve it.
"I feel like I have pretty thick skin and I’ve put up with a lot of crap.
“I felt that, at times, just because I was asking for some things [pitching ideas], it would come at a certain price. I’m not saying it was directed from Vince [McMahon], because he’s always been respectful to me."
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James then addressed the incident where she received her WWE belongings inside a bin bag which was sent to her home.
After Triple H offered his apologises to James where he stated the person in question has been fired, McMahon phoned the fan favourite to say sorry.
The ex-TNA ace added: "He called me on the phone to apologise and to let me know that this isn’t what he thought of me.
"I tagged Vince in that [tweet] because he needs to know.
"Because, there’s a lot of stuff that happens under his nose that he is completely oblivious to – because he’s running a multi-billion dollar company."
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