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Gail Kim talks about Jeff Jarrett giving women’s wrestling a chance in 2007 when no one else did

Former WWE star and current Impact Wrestling Producer/Agent Gail Kim was interviewed on “Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette” this week to talk about her transition from WWE Diva to Impact producer, stories from the old WWE Diva photoshoots, why being married to a famous chef doesn’t mean you get home-cooked meals all the time and more.

Gail talked about how she started transitioning into becoming a producer/agent for Impact Wrestling:

“I always talk about the fact that Jeff Jarrett back in 2007 when there was no women’s wrestling really being put on any type of platform gave us that opportunity. Since then, he always believed in me. Once you start becoming a leader in the locker room, the girls start coming to me and asking me for my feedback and all those things. Eventually, I knew I wanted to continue on in this business. I loved putting matches together. That’s what I feel like I am really good at, so I asked Jeff. I said, ‘I want to become a producer’, and he said yes. I said, ‘Can I shadow one of the producers that is there now?’ and he said yes. So the first time I was a producer, it was a live PPV. That was fun, but you know as well as most people do that you learn the fastest when you’re thrown into things.”

Gail was asked what draws her to the Impact Women’s division:

“Obviously, I’m very invested because when I joined this company, there was no women’s division. They did draw me towards the division saying they would like to have a women’s division one day, but we just don’t have the time for it, but that’s what we’re looking to do. I said, ‘Ok, great.’ I waited and waited, and it was like a year and a half. Everyone knows the story in terms of the battle to make it happen. I think some people don’t know that I did try to resign. I was like, I’ve been waiting a year and a half. It was very hard for me to manage and watch all the guys doing what I loved while I was ringside.  I knew what my talent was in the business, and that was just wrestling. It wasn’t with the promos or anything like that. I was like, ‘I’m wasting my time. I don’t know how much longer I can wait.’ When I did try to resign, that’s when things started to happen. A couple months later, they brought in 10 women and a title.  I think the true key to the success was they brought in all these women, but they didn’t overthink it. They did everything kind of basic with the proper way of storytelling. They left it alone in a sense, and that’s what made it so great, and that all these women were so passionate about wrestling and wanted to prove themselves. It’s a constant, ‘We have to be as good as the guys. We have to prove that we can be on TV and do this as well.’ They ran with it and never stopped since then, so I’m really happy that they haven’t. Through all the management changes we had throughout all of the years, that’s one thing that they haven’t stopped. I’m so happy about that. Now it truly is a cornerstone of our company and one of the things that people recognize.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Oral Sessions with Renée Paquette “ with a h/t to for the transcription.

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