The Divas Meet the Dolls: Mickie James & Jessica
Former Women's Champion Mickie James shares tales of her life as a Diva with Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta in the latest installment of WWE.com's The Divas Meet the Dolls.
Jessica: Hi, Mickie! It's so exciting to meet a former Women's Champion! As a four-time Women's Titleholder, what are you most proud of in your WWE career?
Mickie: This is a tough question, as there is so much I am genuinely proud of in my WWE career. The ability to achieve my dreams is so rewarding. To become Women's Champion on the Grandest Stage of Them All was the culmination of my years of hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices that many wouldn't begin to understand. Now as a four-time Women's Champion, and to have been able to do and see so much within these last few years, I believe the thing I am most proud of is the ability to touch so many people's lives, to give them hope and inspiration to believe and achieve. Nothing is impossible, even if all the odds are against you. Only you control your destiny. I am living proof of that fact. And I am thankful everyday for it.
What are you most proud of when it comes to the Pussycat Dolls' new album, Doll Domination?
Jessica: How much we've grown as artists! … And how diverse it is.
So aside from being a WWE Diva, do you have a personal dream that you're striving for?
Mickie: If I was to accomplish anything outside of the continuous growth of my WWE career, it would be to star in at least one movie. I've always found them fascinating, and would lose myself in stories as a child. I would sometimes daydream and pretend I was the leading female in whatever movie I was watching. I have always dreamed of being a star on the big screen.
Other than that, I look forward to the day I become a mother. As sappy as it may sound, I was blessed with two very wonderful women in my life. First is my mother, who always believed in me and gave me strength, love and wisdom. I can only aspire to fill her shoes. Second is my grandmother who was the backbone in my family. She is the toughest women I know and she showed me how to work and fight hard for everything I want. Nothing comes for free in this world and if it does, then it's often not valued. Her tough yet tender love is something that made me who I am today.
Now let me ask you, aside from being a Pussycat Doll, do you have a personal dream that you're striving for?
Jessica: My answer is the same as yours -- to become a movie star and a mommy!
Girl, I know it's tough being on the road for long periods of time. What has been one of your greatest challenges that you've triumphed over?
Mickie: I think one of the toughest challenges I have faced, as far as being on the road, is to always stay upbeat and happy. There is nothing that could ever effect my personality and passion once I step out that curtain. However, we all face challenges in our personal and daily lives that may bring us down. …
I find it especially challenging when we come off a long tour and fly into town our fans are at the airport waiting for autographs. We are all exhausted and can't wait to get to our hotels. But then I think if it weren't for their loyalty to us, we wouldn't be who we are today. Besides, I was once one of those adoring fans who would have been crushed if my idol just blew me off. So it makes me smile.
One thing I like to remind my fans of is that I'm a human, too. I make mistakes and I have personal challenges and triumphs in my life, just like everybody else.
Enough about me... What has been one of your greatest challenges that you've triumphed over?
Jessica: I would say my knee injuries. When I was 17, I tore my ACL ligaments in both knees. It was a really sad time in my life because I thought my dance career was over. But through hard work and dedication in rehab I fought through the pain and became stronger. Now I'm in the Pussycat Dolls, dancing stronger than ever all around the world. If you go beyond what you know, you'll be pleasantly surprised how strong you really are.
Finally, Mickie, what would you like to accomplish in the future?
Mickie: I would like to continue to grow in my career. Growing up a fan of WWE, I always admired all the women who paved the way for me and every other Diva. They proved that even in a male-dominated industry, women are just as important, strong and valuable as any man on the roster. I think if it weren't for them, where would I be? I hope to be someone who the up-and-coming Divas look at in that fashion. Even after I've made my mark in WWE, I hope when people look back at the greatest women in the history of WWE, they think of me. I believe we all play a role in revolutionizing how people perceive us as entertainers. I want to be a Diva that helps to pave the way for those to follow.
Return to WWE.com Wednesday for the fourth installment of The Divas Meet the Dolls, when Candice Michelle gets to know Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton.