Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Earl Marx
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Mickie James.
Craig: I was rather excited about Mickie James’ return, particularly the marque match between her and Asuka at NXT. I thought, short-term, it was exactly what the NXT women’s division needed before she would find her way onto the main roster and benefit the workers there too.
Sadly, though, it hasn’t quite panned out as planned. There’s no knock here on James. She’s excellent in the ring and is charismatic and engaging. She’s also been involved in some big storylines. But she’s treated a bit like filler, in my opinion. It’s not like she’s over the hill, she’s just 38 but the WWE seems reluctant to use her for anything other than solely getting new talent over.
So, what does the WWE future of James hold? Is there time for her to still have a run with the women’s title? Could she be the best foil for Asuka when she makes her Raw debut or is James’ role in the WWE now to help put over new talent and she drifts towards winding down her in-ring run?
Brian: It’s a book for me when it pertains to a talent like Mickie James. She still has something to offer as a veteran of the ring.
Craig: Yeah, I’m minded to agree. She has a tonne to offer the WWE before she begins to wind down her in-ring career and help put over future talent. I think that there is still some time, although not too much, is still on her side. I’d be more than happy to see her have another run with a women’s title in the WWE. Even if it is in a transitional role to help establish a future star. But ultimately, whether it’s carrying gold or not, there’s plenty more the WWE could, and should, be doing with her before she wraps up her career.
Earl: She’s a Book from me. Everyone isn’t there to be a star and now, more than ever, it’s very clear who are “stars” and who are “supporting cast members”. I don’t vote to pull the plug on her. That wily vet is playing her role just well. At any point, she could stay where she’s at or be used for something greater. Definitely a “Book”.
Well, there you have it, our thoughts on the future of Mickie James. Still, there is some time left in the tank and uncertainty over why the WWE appear, on the face of it, reluctant to do anything with her. Got a different view? You know what to do, leave them below in the comments section.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.