Impact Wrestling Knockout Rebel was a recent guest on the Women’s Pro Wrestling Weekly podcast first starting her wrestling career, how her tour with Japan’s STARDOM helped her grow as a performer and advice she’s received from Gail Kim. Highlights of the interview below, courtesy of After Buzz.
On how her athletic background helped her first start wrestling: It (Legends Football League) prepared me for the hard hits. The training, the athleticism, the cardio. There are tons of things that are similar to it. You have to be in shape, you have to be athletic. Getting body slammed is similar to getting tackled. Cheerleading definitely helped as well. I mean with the flexibility, the stamina, the cardio, the footwork, it all plays into it. When I was first learning wrestling, there were some moves because I have a dance background, where I was like, “Oh, that’s like a swing dancing move’. I was the only girl in my training and I’m a very cheerleader like and they were like, “Oh, she’s too peppy.”
Aspirations on top of wrestling: Well, I like to say that I’m a Jill of all Trades and I feel like I have done a little bit of everything. I would like to do more acting. I originally had moved to LA to do acting and then I just went off to all these little alternate routes. So I think I’d like to get back to that after I win the Impact Wrestling Knockout Title!
On her experience wrestling in Japan for STARDOM: Oh man, not only did I grow as a wrestler, but I grew as a person. I love their culture, I miss their Japanese sweet potatoes! Working with the girls was such a great experience. The consistency of getting to wrestle so often there with so many great girls and great talent. I grew so much and I improved so much – in the ring and outside of the ring.
Advice from Gail Kim: Just to show that fire, show that passion, be aggressive. She’s always watching the Women’s matches but I always want her critiques and tips. Her advice is constantly catered to what I just showed her in the ring but for the most part for me, it’s showing that fire, showing that aggressiveness.
Rebel also discusses her interest for an MMA career, a sketch she did with David Alan Grier and studying Sherri Martel during her time with the Dollhouse stable.
You can watch the full interview below:
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