Mia Yim has discussed the aftermath of her release from WWE and revealed the text exchange she shared with her father after she was given the news.
Prior to joining WWE in 2018, Mia Yim was already an accomplished star on the independent scene and had a successful run as the TNA Knockouts Champion under her belt.
Following appearances in WWE for both the 2017 and 2018 Mae Young Classic tournaments, Mia Yim signed with the company in September 2018 and was assigned to the NXT brand. During her time there, the HBIC had rivalries with the likes of Shayna Baszler and future Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
In 2020, Yim was called up to Raw as part of the ill-fated RETRIBUTION faction and renamed ‘Reckoning’. Following the dissolution of the group, the star was drafted to SmackDown, however, she was never seen on WWE TV again before being released from her contract on November 4th, 2021.
“When I first started wrestling, I wrote down everything that I wanted to do. Go travel internationally, do Japan, sign a major contract, go to the WWE. To do pretty much everything and I’ve done it all.
“So I accomplished everything I wanted to in my career. My parents were against me wrestling when I first started, so the big thing for me was to change their mindset and to have them be proud of everything that I’ve done in wrestling.”
Yim went on to reveal how, following her release, she sent her father a message to apologise for “failing” him, saying she thought she should have done better.
“I remember a text message that I sent to my dad after I got released saying ‘I’m sorry that I failed you,’ and ‘I should have done better this time, I’m 30.'”
However, in response, her dad told her that the success she had achieved went far beyond what anyone expected and he was nothing but proud of her.
“He was like… ‘What are you talking about? Like you’ve accomplished so much and you weren’t even supposed to make it with what they were looking for, what they were hiring. You weren’t even supposed to get hired, but you made it happen.’ He’s like, ‘I am proud of you for everything you’ve done.’
“That’s all I needed. That’s all I needed to hear.”
Knowing that her dad is proud of her and being able to help her mother financially during the COVID-19 pandemic showed Mia Yim that she has achieved everything she set out to do in her career. Now, she says it’s all about having fun and helping the younger generation of pro wrestlers.
“It goes such a long way, knowing that my dad is proud of me. During during the pandemic, I was able to financially help my mom. I’ve done everything I wanted to with this career, where now I just want to have fun and have people remember me as me and to also help like the younger generation come up.
“I noticed that some of the things have changed from when the Sarah Del Rey’s, the Daisy Hayes’, the Daffney’s were all looking out for me and AK [Allison Kay] and Marti [Belle].
“It’s different now. So I want to keep that going, where it’s like, ‘Hey, you don’t have to backstab people.’ But wrestling definitely changed me as a human.
“You have the highs and then you have the lows and then you have, of course, the drama, the backstabbers, all that. But it made me into a stronger person and much more mature.
“I’m 33 now, so I’m just very I’m just riding the wave at this point.”
H/T to Inside The Ropes for the above transcription.