WWE Faction’s Name “A Massive Turnoff” Says Mickie James

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Mickie James is not a fan of one WWE group’s name.

Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reid, and Ava have brought darkness to NXT since coming together in 2022 to form The Schism. The group has been the thorn in the side of several NXT stars but its future remains uncertain after Fowler and Reid – previously known as the Grizzled Young Veterans – signalled their intention to leave WWE when their contracts expire later in 2023.

Ava – the daughter of The Rock – recently made her singles debut in WWE as she defeated Ivy Nile at an NXT live event.

WWE’s choice of name for the group not popular with Mickie James

Speaking on Busted Open Radio, former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James explained why she just can’t get on board with the NXT group’s name:

“I just don’t like the name. I hate it so much. It’s a massive turnoff every time the word is said. And I know it’s not what that word means, but I feel like this is a representation of wrestling and our audience. I feel that about 80 percent of the audience is thinking the same thing I’m thinking, and every time they say the word, they’re all going, ‘Ew. Ew. What is it? What is it?’

“And I know Andre [a producer for ‘Busted Open Radio’] looked it up before during the break, and it means a split, which makes sense. I’m sure some hipster came up with this cool name, and really, now they’re clinging to it because I don’t love it at all. I like the idea of everything that it is, but even when I go, ‘Well, what is Schism?’ Are these guys Schismy?’ I don’t really know.

“Ava’s involved, and I love Ava so much. Then I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hate it; I wanna love it.’ And I like the masks and all the things, and the leader, and the whole thing. The package is cool. I hate the name. I hate it so much.”

Ava will no doubt be joined by The Schism when she goes one-on-one again against Ivy Nile in the first televised singles match of her WWE career at NXT Heatwave.

h/t Wrestling Inc.