During her interview with 411, Gail Kim spoke on working with Awesome Kong and more. Here are the highlights:
On If She Thinks Her IMPACT Work With Awesome Kong Paved The Way For WWE Evolution:
It’s hard to say, I mean because WWE’s the biggest and probably the main platform for wrestlers out there, and what a lot of the fanbase gets to see. But I will say, whenever I talk to female wrestlers that did watch us at that time, they would always say were were a source of inspiration. So that was really nice to hear that we could inspire other female wrestlers, you know, as they were coming up through the system. So that was great. I don’t know — you know, at that time, all I knew was that I wanted to wrestle. And that’s all I fought for at that time, and the people saying, ‘People don’t want to watch women’s wrestling, it’s a bathroom break,’ and I would be like, ‘No, it’s not!’ You know? It’s like, ‘I refuse to believe you, and you’re wrong!’ So I’m glad I kind of kept that mindset, because I knew what I wanted to do. And I knew there were other girls who wanted to do that.
On TNA Giving Women An Opportunity:
And just, I’m really thankful for Jeff Jarrett at that time for really giving us that opportunity. Because I mean, no one believed in women’s wrestling back then. I think they got sick of hearing me beg every day. [laughs] I just remember Scott D’Amore being like, ‘Okay! I don’t want to hear it anymore.’ Because I’d be like, ‘Please, let me wrestle! Please, let me wrestle!’ I almost felt like I was gonna quit at one point, because I felt like that was my talent in this business, in the ring. So when I wasn’t in the ring, I just felt like I was wasting my time, and it’s just hard when you’re waiting and waiting, and waiting.
I’m glad I waited it out though, and I’m glad they gave us the chance. Because I felt like the Knockouts Division bringing in like 10 girls at once? That can sometimes be a train wreck if you bring in 10 girls at once. And it really turned out to be almost a success overnight. And you know, TNA, Impact Wrestling has kind of kept that flow going since back then. And that’s what I love about the company. And now I’m a producer for the girls, and just being able to be on the other side of the coin and give back, and try to still maintain us being something special and being part of a company, a special attraction that everyone knows. That they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, the Knockouts.’ I think we’ve built up that reputation that we’re an important part of that company. And we’ve continued to let it grow.
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