Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim has been off Impact Wrestling television since the start of 2017 and last competed inside Impact’s six-sided ring back in October when she took on Maria Kanellis in a No DQ match.

Despite not being contracted by Impact Wrestling, the six-times Knockouts Champion has always called the company her “home” and in a recent interview with Kevin Eck of PressBox Online, Gail discusses the nature of her injury, looks back at her time with the WWE and helping train the current Knockouts division. Highlights of the interview below.

On the nature of her injury: “My back was injured just basically from wear and tear over the years. Luckily, Impact has been so good to me in terms of letting me take time off to make sure I’m healthy and never making me feel bad about it. I’ve been ready to come back for a little while but [Impact Wrestling] has had some time off because we film a bunch of shows once a month or once every other month, so that’s the only reason why I haven’t been back in the ring, but I’m going to be back shortly.”

On helping rebuild the current Knockouts division: “Obviously, I’m just as passionate about what I do in the ring and the quality of the wrestling I put out there. But now I do feel like I want to help the younger talent coming in. Like I said, we’re in a rebuilding stage. Some of the girls are very polished and some are green, but there’s a lot of potential. I saw Chelsea [Green], who’s Laurel Van Ness, when she tried out the first time [with Impact]. She was fresh out of “Tough Enough” and hadn’t been working that long. She had a tryout match with us in Bethlehem, Pa., and I remember how green she was back then. She has just come so far, and I always tell her how proud I am. Her in-ring work is solid, but you don’t even get to see much of that right now because her character work is just so over the top and great. I feel like she is the future. Rosemary is already very polished. I love what she does in the ring and in her promos and character work. And then there’s a couple girls that we just picked up that I’m working with one-on-one outside of the company, and I will continue to do that with some of the girls who come in and hopefully help them learn at a faster pace. Right now, it feels like WWE is basically trying to take over the industry, so it’s almost hard to get talent.

On Vince McMahon believing ‘no one wants to see the girls fight like the guys’: “It wasn’t politically correct to say out loud, nor would they say that straight up, but — I’m not going to say which agent said it — but they would tell us that Vince doesn’t like that. I remember specifically a match I had on “Superstars” with Jillian [Hall]. We got seven minutes, which was rare back then — we usually got three minutes. There’s no way to tell a story in the ring in that time, so when we had a match on “Superstars” it was like a pay-per-view match [laughs]. Jillian and I had awesome chemistry, so we’d want to wrestle. We wanted to do a superplex off the top rope, and the agent — again, I’m not going to name names — said, “Go ahead. I’ll take the heat for it,” because he knew Vince wouldn’t really be happy with that. Now I heard WWE has announced a Money in the Bank match for the girls. I honestly feel like [Triple H] has done so much for the girls, because he started that whole thing in NXT with the Four Horsewomen. When I left WWE, he was one of the people who was so positive. He told me, ‘You’re talented and don’t let anyone else tell you any different.’ I was very flattered and glad that he respected women’s wrestling.”

Gail also shares her thoughts on Jeff Jarrett returning to head of creative, how much longer she’ll continue to wrestle and recently meeting Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks.

You can read the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Do you agree with Gail’s point of view? How would you book her Impact Wrestling return? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Will Henderson

    maybe Gail should just call it a career, she had one hell of a career, but when your back is hurt to the point of it not getting better and the fact she’s now 40, maybe it’s time to end it already.

    • Aye Mate

      Saying that she’ll return shortly indicates that her injury isn’t career threatening. Plus, she still has the passion and drive to wrestle. Truth is Gail Kim, after all these years, is still a viable asset to whichever division she’s put in, in a leading or a supporting role; at 40 years of age she’s in impeccable condition and is more than versatile enough to adapt her wrestling to suit whatever her body needs.

    • She’s 40 already? Time flies. I remember her WWE debut match.

      • KatyaMenelli

        Me too man.

    • Carolution

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BVLsfL5BjiT/
      shes back wrestling now anyway.

  • In the same interview she said that TNA is her home and although she’s not signed at this moment, she’s not going anywhere else so please don’t write the usual “I hope she comes back for the tournament” “I can totally see her return these days” comments. Just accept it.

    • Francisco Baguer

      Would she really go back to a sinking ship of a company that hasn’t even resigned her?

  • Aye Mate

    I personally don’t think Gail Kim will ever be associated with WWE again, though it would be nice if, years and years down the line, they acknowledge her for the great wrestler she was in some way or another. Also, I’ve been a lifelong fan of Gail’s. As a wrestler and as a person. At various stages of her career I would comfortably refer to her as the greatest female wrestler on US soil, and her TNA run is something I’ve consistently enjoyed. I dread the day she fully retires but I hope she continues to have a hand in the growth of women’s wrestling after her in-ring days are over.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I had very mixed opinions on Gail Kim in TNA. She’s definitely one of the all time greats and what she has done for the division is mind-blowing. Her loyalty to TNA is something you rarely see these days but at the same time… I wished she retired or at least left a long time ago.

      She’s obviously injured now but for me, the division never truly evolved with her being constantly pushed that way. She’s a fantastic wrestler even tho she’s not in her prime obviously and she still has some value on that departement because the division lacks in-ring talents and she’s a big name so she can put over people but… She’s done it all, we’ve seen almost everything with her and considering TNA is just obsessed with her, I wished she retired in the past but now, it’s hard to erase her from the equation when you’re in rebuilding process…

      Nonethless, I wished at many points TNA wouldnt have been so focused on building Gail Kim’s HOF career and create more good female stars long-term wise.

      • Aye Mate

        I think wishing someone to retire, someone whose talents never waned but evolved, someone who’s passionate about wrestling, is kind of mean. I don’t think you meant it that way, but the wording feels very cold.

        Yet, I also see where you are coming from. Gail’s spearheaded the division during all the highs and the lows; the problem in my opinion wasn’t how she was booked – bear in mind she did her best to get other women over – but TNA’s failure to keep talent on the roster. Gail’s always been their go-to girl for keeping the division afloat with credibility, and she’s done a fine job, but she herself has also been let down by TNA’s poor business administration of providing a division full of equally well developed girls who could go the same distance.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Obvisouly, I didn’t say it to be necessarily mean even If I may have sound terribly.

          Nonetheless, you kind of understood me. I really appreciative her and I really love and reaspect her as a peformer and for everything she gave us but I wished TNA would have been able to do much less with her being overly featured and that is also an issue I have with Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and the fact of relying on the past in general and instead of creating long-term stars for so long.

          TNA management always failing to keep their girls due to bad treatment of them or just them not making some girls a priority for some reason and just thinking relying on Gail Kim to carry the division on her shoulders would be fine enough for way too long (which isn’t her fault as well because she does her job, stay loyal and always wanted to push this division get better).

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  • OriginalsFan

    Man, I love Gail Kim…I love her generation…even now that Charlotte and Sasha have done great things, I will be forever be loyal to the older generations (Melina, Gail, Jillian, Nattie, Foxy). These women fought so hard, and were told “no”, or punished, time after time. They had to make use of what they were given, and not get the proper recognition…Respect!

    • KatyaMenelli

      Yes! Those five women deserved so much more than they got in WWE. Sad to see really.

      • OriginalsFan

        Well, I take it back with Melina…WWE handed her everything…it was sad to see her career took a dive towards the end, but WWE did her very right. Nattie, Fox, Jillian, Gail, and a couple of other talents were prime examples…

  • Francisco Baguer

    I never liked that Gail never acknowledged TNA’s horrible treatment of women like Taylor Wilde, Roxxi, ODB, Daffney etc. and she acted like it was such a happy wholesome company. Why bother going back to a company that hasn’t even bothered to resign her? If she wants to be jobless by working for a sinking ship, then she’s going to choke on it. Gail just got old, and she grew out of touch, because this isn’t 2007 or 2008 because her best days are behind her. If you put the letter F instead of G for Gail, then you have my exact opinion on her.

    • Ya, they did a lot of the original knockouts foul…especially Daffney and The Voodoo Queen. I’m not going to lie, none of matches in the past couple of years have set my world alight, but I think she could still have a lot to offer.

      • Francisco Baguer

        No she doesn’t. 40 years old and a bad back, whats left? If she turned heel and changed character, then I might give her a chance

        • Look at Steve Austin, he broke his neck and changed up his style from technical wrestling to that of a brawler, if Gail adapted, she could be fine

          • Francisco Baguer

            The major difference is Austin’s neck injury shorted his career and was major factor to why he retired. She can’t wrestle as good as she used to 10 years ago. Gail is greedy, every time she gets pushed everyone else is overshadowed, she refuses to let anyone have the spotlight unless she takes credit for herself, as she’s notorious for not putting people over.

      • KatyaMenelli

        Yea they did Daffney and Roxxi wrong. Those two were so over with the crowd and brought so much money to the company and that was how they were treated.

    • OriginalsFan

      Lol…wow…that last sentence is quite petty. Do Charlotte or Sasha or heck, Michelle McCool ever acknowledged the horrible treatment WWE gave to Nattie, Jillian, and most recently, Mickie? No! That is something you don’t talk about when you are working for someone. In Gail’s case, even though she doesnt have a contract, doesnt mean TNA doesnt want to sign her. Get your sources together before making such comment. TNA has a locker full of women right now, bringing her back will only overshadow other people. So…chill! Lisa Marie, Mickie, they are all around Gail’s age and they are still going strong, so why can’t she? She might not be jumping off ladders 10x a year like she used to, but she can still put on some great matches. Lol ‘this isn’t 2007 or 2008’ excuse me…she was still kicking asses in 2015-2016…Even Victoria, who is prob more beat up than Gail still wants another shot at wrestling…so…why should anything stop her? Certainly not your petty comment

    • Joseph

      Ha i got the references on the last sentence..

  • HOLLA

    Such a shame that her and WWE left off on such bad terms. Bc you already know a match with Asuka would be a MATY candidate

  • I appreciate Gail’s loyalty, and all that good stuff, but my selfish side wants her back in WWE or at least just NXT, to avoid the Mickie treatment. The TNA women’s division is a mess, and has been for such a while now, she can have dream matches or MOTY with Asuka, Ember, Sasha, Charlotte, Natalya, Ruby, I’m sorry for forgetting the names of the two recent Japanese signees who were part of the Black Lotus Triad for LU, Mickie. She can have a good to great match up with Naomi, Nikki Bella, Peyton, or Becky Lynch, mix it up with Nikki Cross. I get she loves her sport and wants to be the best, so why not go to where the best talent is?

    • OriginalsFan

      Yea, me too…WWE’s product, despite their terrible booking, they represent their talents better. But her coming back to WWE…means she gonna training someone…MOTY with Asuka or whoever you listed will prob never happen in her case…building all that hype and only to be a let down

  • For how much WWE underused her, TNA overused her the same way. But then again, you can’t name an amazing KO match without Gail Kim in it, which goes back to my point of the way TNA used her, but you get the point.

  • Summer_Slay #RespectTheDivas

    The best female wrestler on both Impact/WWE no hw can hold a candle.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    Gail Kim has given a lot to women’s wrestling, specially to the fact that we now can take them seriously. From her steel cage match with Jacqueline, to her feud with Awesome Kong and matches with Terrell.

    TNA needs a lot of help right with their women specially because they look too much like indy girls. They need a background so people can relate to something. We know they can wrestle, some of them are really beautiful but that’s about it. For people that have not seen the promotion they are coming from, is just hard to see them as established wrestlers. In some way, it would be good for them to act like they are starting in the biz (that doesn’t mean they have to act like they can’t wrestle). The previous division was great because Agenlina Love, Velvet Sky, ODB, Awesome Kong, Roxxi, Daffney & others got the chance to introduce themselves before people would really care about them. Give them name changes that will work for TV, give them costumes that would be relatable. Rosemary didn’t came there from out-of-nowhere, she was introduced firs, so did Allie and LVN. Give them promo & in ring time.

    The talent is there but everything else is just not. I hope Gail can help re-launch a new division. Gail should return as well, she usually helps the women get some attention. Without that Gail feud, Taryn wouldn’t be as recognized, I think there’s tons of potential with Rosemary.

  • jim

    Wwe never push Kim as a star in Wwe.Which why she left wwe.When she came into Tna .Tna push her a star and she end up being the 1st women in tna hall of fame.And some people say kim is the greatest tna knockout.

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    • Degenerous Boss

      Do you have links to these matches?

  • I love Gail she is amazing at what she does! Is bad that I still want more out of her because she is so talented and entertaining? She doesn’t have to be in the title picture but I would like to see her work with MJ Jenkins as a side feud.

  • LoveEvaBella

    Gail Kim can retire there’s nothing left to accomplish unless you go back to WWE or go to Japan. She already had the KO belt many times, had memorable storylines, and good reigns. Just enjoy your time being with your husband or if you’d like to be a mother go for it, you are not getting any younger. We are thankful for your contributions in Women’s Wrestling :)