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Gail Kim Says Awesome Kong Should Be in the Impact Hall of Fame

Posted By James Walsh on 10/11/17


Gail Kim discussed Knockouts who should be in the Hall of Fame, the Jim Cornette/Santino Marella incident and more in a this week’s Impact Wrestling teleconference call (per Sportskeeda). Highlights are below:

On the Knockouts starting the “Women’s Revolution: “Oh yeah. I’ve spoken about this before and everyone has their opinions. There were so many points when women’s wrestling was strong. When I started with WWE, they had a strong women’s division. But what I was referring to was ‘The Impact Knockouts Revolution.’ At the time when we did it, there was no women’s wrestling on television that was at the forefront. It was literally like women’s wrestling was dead for a while, and it was very frustrating for me because I always loved the sport of wrestling. I did the manager thing for over a year. At first, I was just patient and happy to be back in the company where I felt passion again, but after a while, it felt like I was wasting my time and I didn’t want to waste my talent because of what happened to me previously. I felt like time was ticking. So, Impact gave us that opportunity and has pretty much never stopped. So, I sometimes feel like they don’t get the credit they deserve because they started this women’s wrestling movement and it’s never stopped. We’ve gone through ups and down and of course, rebuilding stages, but it’s never stopped and they’ve always believed in the women. That’s why I’ve always felt very loyal to this company. Because they gave us a chance and even if we disappointed at times because we are not perfect, they just kept rolling with it. So, if we have contributed to the whole big picture of women’s wrestling today then I’m very happy.”

On which other Knockout should be in the Impact Hall of Fame: “Well, the first thought that comes to my mind obviously is Awesome Kong. I have nothing but the deepest respect for her. We just had unbelievable chemistry, unbelievable deep respect for one another to this day. She was my partner throughout. Fans will come up to me. Sometimes I think back and am like, wow, that was ten years ago. For the fact that fans still love it and remember it, that’s what’s special to both of us.”

On the Rosemary/Sexy Star situation: “Rosemary, I love her. Number one, I think she’s just well rounded in every way. She’s polished in her character, her promo work, her in-ring work. She’s just very good. I love that she’s different. With regard to what happened with her and Sexy Star, whether it’s her…it could be anyone, a male wrestler or a female wrestler, that’s just something you don’t do. A well known unwritten law. You need to take care of your partner in the ring and trust one another because we literally put our lives in each other’s hands. You know, you have to be trained, and you have to be smart and you have to be careful. I hope that Sexy Star learns her lesson. I don’t know what’s going on with her right now but I lost a lot of respect for her.”

On the Jim Cornette/Santino Marella altercation: [laughs] “Yes, someone actually did show me that video. It’s like high school I guess. I mean you’re going to have your group of friends, the people you get along with and the people that you’re tight with. Then at the same time, you may not agree with some people. So, I don’t know their personal matter. I know that I get along with both of them. I like both individuals. So I don’t like to see when two people don’t get along that I like. Like I said, it’s none of my business. I don’t know what exactly happened there. For me, I’m sad that they don’t get along.”