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Gail Kim did not know that Awesome Kong was retiring until it happened: "Mickie and I both didn’t know"



Impact Wrestling legend Gail Kim was interviewed on the Battleground podcats this week.

Gail talked about the upcomign Knockouts Knockdown show , Daffney, her thoughts on the feud between Deonna Purrazzo and Mickie James and she talked about Awesome Kong's retirement.

Gail said that she did not know Awesome Kong was retiring at the NWA Empowerrr PPV show until it was happening:

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“It really started with just me coming on board at first. Mickie (James) asked a numerous amount of women to be a part of that. I said, ‘As long as Impact is cool with that, of course.” I always want to support all the women in this business. Mickie is a go-getter, a legend in her own right and an incredible woman. I knew the passion behind the project that she had. I really didn’t even know what they wanted me to do besides produce at that point. She said, ‘Maybe you can come out and cut a promo.’ I said, ‘Yea, sure, no problem.’

I would say, probably a week after that, she informed me about Kia (Awesome Kong) accepting. Wrestling has always been one of those things that I actually get really emotional about. I always tell the story that my husband gets mad that I didn’t cry at our wedding, but I will cry about anything wrestling that moves me. When she said she never got that final moment with you to say thank you, I’m feeling emotional now, so I got excited. Honestly, I didn’t know what she was going to say in the ring that night. I found out at the same time as all the fans were watching that she was retiring. Mickie and I both didn’t know.”

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