A recent topic of discussion in wrestling has been WWE’s treatment of their female talent. More specifically, how WWE portrays their older female talent such as Mickie James.
To be clear, Mickie James is not old. However, WWE would have you believe otherwise. This is something James talked about on GAW TV, saying male wrestlers over 40 are pushed but she is presented as old. Here is the quote:
“I think the small-minded mentality sometimes leads to thoughtless behavior. 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***king 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.”
Mickie James was released by WWE two weeks ago along with a number of other performers. She had been with the company since her return in late 2016.
Currently, over half the male champions on the main roster are 40 years old or older.