Mickie James on the Importance of NWA Empowerrr

Posted By James Walsh on 07/27/21


During a recent chat this month with Busted Open Radio, Mickie James discussed the all-women NWA event, EmPowerrr, being held at the Chase Park Plaza. It’s the same venue where local NWA TV series was also held in St. Louis called Wrestling at the Chase. Below are some highlights (via Fightful):

On the event being held at Chase Park Plaza: “I didn’t realize how significant it was to go back to the Chase. had to research and go, ‘Holy crap, this is a big friggin’ deal.’ Apparently, a lot of wrestling has attempted to go into The Chase and they’ve always turned it down and weren’t interested. I don’t know if it was the pandemic or this show, but the cards and the stars seemed to align right to be able to present it. I think had Wrestling at the Chase not come to fruition that we wouldn’t be doing EmPowerrr prior to the Anniversary show. It was that final thing where Billy was like, ‘We should do the pay-per-view now.’ I was thinking ‘let’s build it’ and maybe we do things like 10 Pounds of Gold, but for the ladies and really build up the roster and get people, then hopefully, for a pay-per-view down the line. He was like, ‘No, we need to come out of the gate hot. It’s a big test and it’s a lot, but so far so good. It’s been great. Every other sports industry has carved out and done something special with the women, from MMA to basketball, and for wrestling it’s about time we step up on a television scale. I know we’ve done it on pay-per-view and little things, but in a real television and outside of the box. I know I’m going to succeed on some level, I just hope it’s a huge success for all the ladies. That’s the goal.”

Mickie James on Billy Corgan: “He’s very passionate about wrestling. The beautiful thing is, I’m not trying to write Powerrr or NWA 73 creative and he’s legitimately given me the whole space to do it myself, he hasn’t chimed in at all for EmPowerrr. He just said, ‘You book it.’ Obviously, there is going to be stuff like we’re bringing back the NWA Women’s Tag Team Champions and the NWA Women’s Invitation Cup. Those are two big things we’re introducing. It was my idea to do the Cup and we talked about the tag championships, so he’s having those made. He’s really just allowing me to build it. I’ve never had that. You say, ‘Here’s a thing you can do, but I’m going to micromanage all the little pieces of it’ instead of trusting and putting faith in (that person). Billy is amazing and he’s been good to me. To be put in the driver’s seat for the women, especially that I’ve put a lot of my fight into it, I have a lot to prove and this has to be successful. I can’t accept anything less than perfection.”