Mickie James breaks silence on WWE release: 'Grateful for these little keys to my golden handcuffs'

WWE announced on April 15 that wrestling legend Mickie James was released from her contract.

James, 41, broke her silence on Twitter with her reaction to the news.

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The six-time champion tweeted, "Grateful for the memories.

"Grateful for the locker room.

"Grateful for the fans.

"Grateful for these little keys to my golden handcuffs.


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"You can never expected others vision of you to be big as your own dreams.

"Thank you @VinceMcMahon #AlwaysBlessedAndGrateful"

She tags WWE CEO Vince McMahon in the emotional tweet.

James, along with ten other superstars were let go a year to the day the wrestling company made massive Covid- 19 cuts.

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter,John Laurinaitis who recently returned as Head of Talent Relations, was tasked to make the call.

The award winning country singer was originally signed to WWE from 2003-2010, and returned in 2016.

James has been in the wrestling business for more than 20 years, and has the distinction of being the only woman to have held the WWE, Divas, and TNA Knockout championships.

Her last match on WWE Raw occurred in September, where she lost a match against Zelina Vega but was sidelined from the ring for a broken nose.

She returned to make her last appearance in the #19 spot in the 2021 women's Royal Rumble match in January.

In December, James was honored with "legend" status as she was named among the 20 top WWE stars set to appear at RAW Legends Night.

But despite an army of fans and a career spanning two decades, the 41-year-old rejected the label.

Writing on MickieJames.com, she said: "Honestly I hadn't even considered the label 'Legend' for myself, I feel like that's a whole different level of respect that I have for people that I consider Legends.

"I'm grateful to be a part of the WWE family and I'm excited for Legends night.

"Call me legend, call me Superstar, call me whatever you want. Just know that I am far from done making history, and ready to get back to all the things that I do best – gettin' the W's."

James keeps busy with her successful country music careerand YouTube channel GAW (Grown A** Women) with fellow wrestler Victoria, as well as being a mom and wife.

She was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame in October 2017.

James has been married to fellow wrestler – and current NWA World Heavyweight Champion – Nick Aldis for five years and they share six-year-old son Donovan.


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James and the other superstars released: Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mickie James, Chelsea Green, Tucker, Kalisto, Bo Dallas, Mojo Rawley, and Wesley Blake can sign with other wrestling companies on July 14 when their noncompete clause has ended.

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