Mickie James spoke with the folks at Between The Ropes while in New Orleans this weekend to promote Sunday night's WrestleMania 34 pay-per-view. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On Nia Jax bullying storyline: "I have been on both sides of this storyline. Because it's such a real thing that you're dealing with, not just in our world, but in the real world. Bullying, it's such a thing right now in schools and online, so to be able to attack that and come at it in a sorta real way - and the entertainment side of it as well - it's tapping into people's real emotions because they can connect to it."
On the "Piggy James" storyline in the past where she was on the other end of the bullying treatment: "I felt that was very difficult for me. It was one of those things-- it was Layla and Michelle [McCool] and we all worked together to make it so incredible. To be on that side of it then, and to be on this side of it now, it's definitely interesting. You have to put your emotions away sometimes because we're professionals and we're actor/actresses and we do what we love and are good at. Sometimes you have to take your 'personal' out of it and leave [the business side in]."
On thinking WWE was originally bringing her in for a one-off match against Asuka in NXT: "I was just so honored to be asked to come back and do that and I really thought it was going to be a one-off thing. I've learned to not have expectations. If you don't expect things from anyone, you can't get let down. I didn't really have any expectations, I was hopeful this would parlay into something else, but I didn't want to get my hopes up, so all I could do was go out there and give the best performance that I could in that moment. Hopefully, if it was good enough then they might see something special out of it and obviously they did."
Check out the complete Mickie James interview at YouTube.com.