Gail Kim started her pro wrestling journey back in 2000, and since then has made quite the impression on one and all. Perhaps that’s an understatement. In truth, she is a legend of the ring, and one of the forerunners for the women’s evolution in the sport of pro wrestling for sure.
She worked the indie circuit at the start of her career and was quickly signed to WWE. She had multiple runs there, but perhaps it was during her time at TNA/Impact that she made the most noise.
She is a TNA hall of famer and a 7-time Knockouts Champion for the promotion. She of course also won the WWE Women’s championship during her time there a single time—that platform proving to be a difficult territory to navigate even for someone as decorated and as experienced as Gail Kim.
Regardless, she is legendary in the sport and is secure in her role as producer over at Impact Wrestling. But does she ever get inclined to step back into the squared circle? She addressed these questions in a recent interview on Busted Open Radio.
“I feel good. When I’m producing and I’m around the ring, and I start to get a little bit physical, I say, ‘Oh Gail, you’re getting that itch’ …I do miss it. Of course I miss it, but my body is a constant reminder…
It’s not even just that. There are just so many factors for me to come out of retirement and do that again. It’s like, ‘OK, do I want my back to get worse? Do I want to take that chance of making it where I do need the back surgery?’. My memory has gotten a little bit worse throughout the whole 15 or 20 years. So I’m like, ‘Do I really want to make my memory worse?’ …
Who knows what can happen. I was very satisfied with my end match and the way that it happened. How many people can just close that door and just be happy with that? That’s a very rare thing, so for me, am I willing to mess that up no matter how much I miss it? I get satisfaction from being backstage and helping.”via Busted Open Radio /cultaholic.com…wrestlingnews.co (Transcription)
In 2012, the Canadian born Kim married celebrity chef Robert Irvine. They met on the set of one of his hit Food Network shows, Dinner: Impossible.
NJPW ‘Strong Style Evolved’ shaping up to be quite the event with new additions to the card
Big Damo, who while in WWE was known as Killian Dane, will be premiering at the show, according to a report at the Wrestling Observer. Of course, Damo is married to current WWE superstar, Nikki ASH.
Damo will go one-on-one with the likes of John Skyler, who has been making appearances wrestling for Impact in recent months. Skyler isn’t the only familiar face of course, as the event is quite stacked.
The show will feature wrestlers from Impact, AEW…. It is set to go down on Sunday, March 20th, so set your calendars, dear readers.
Here is the full lineup for the show as per the same report:
“US of Jay open challenge: Jay White vs. TBA; NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: “Filthy” Tom Lawlor (c) vs. Clark Connors; Jay Lethal vs. Ren Narita; Shane “Swerve” Strickland vs. Blake Christian; Buddy Matthews vs. Yuya Uemura; Mascara Dorada vs. TJP; Rocky Romero & Wheeler Yuta vs. JR Kratos & Black Tiger; Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. JONAH & Shane Haste; Eddie Kingston & Fred Rosser vs. Fred Yehi & Daniel Garcia; Josh Alexander vs. Karl Fredericks; Big Damo vs. John Skyler; Hikuleo vs. Andy Brown; Kevin Knight vs. The DKC.”via Wrestling Observer (link above in text)
I’d say that the Jay White Open challenge should be quite the surprise…especially with so many surprises occurring in the biz as of late. Who could it be? You’re guess is as good as mine, dear readers. This should be a good one for sure.