Exclusive: Awesome Kong on TNA Departure, ROH Return, Bubba, Praise from Stone Cold & More

As one of the most prominent TNA Knockouts of the past several years, Awesome Kong‘s departure from TNA in March was saddening yet controversial. Following a well-documented backstage incident with Bubba the Love Sponge in January, Kong’s TNA future had been in doubt. With her release granted, Kong is looking forward to many new projects — including a return to Ring of Honor on May 8th in New York.

In this interview with the two-time Knockouts Champion, we get Kong’s reaction to being blindsided by Bubba on The Cowhead Show on Thursday and her response to his $5000 challenge. Plus, Kong discusses her TNA departure, her return to ROH against Sara Del Rey, her time as a TNA Knockout including working with Gail Kim, Raisha Saeed (Cheerleader Melissa) and Tara, her thoughts on the current direction of the Knockouts division, pay discrepancies among the women in TNA, meeting and being praised by ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and much more.

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  • The_Eric

    i downloaded it, but it was stevens interview with madison eagles…

  • HoorahMonster

    Kong you legend! Screw bubba he shuld leave you alone!

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com Melanie

    The_Eric — Fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/NatKatieFan NatKatieFan

    Kongs right he doesn’t deserve attention, and I bet thats why he did it for attention. I’m glad Kong’s going forward and back to wrestling.

    I wish they used the tag team (hamada kong) more, could of been great. Intresting hearing what she thinks of the KO divison right now.

    Beth vs Kong would be amazing! Nat vs Kong I want to see!

  • nicorette

    natkatiefan – natalya and kong had some matches in japan i believe. im pretty sure if you look on youtube you could find them somewhere..theyre pretty awesome.

    this was a great interview, i would love to see kong in wwe in a feud with either beth or nattie or both :)

  • The_Eric

    thanks melanie…i cant wait to listen to it…

  • tre804

    this was a great interview awesome kong seems like she is the most nice person in the world. doing things for children with special needs is great on her part. but to her wrestling i hope she decimate sara del rey on may 8 go kong

  • Bobby Lea Burchill

    GREAT interview and I enjoyed every moment of it. I love that Kong skipped over the negativity and focused more on the positive aspects of her career coming forth, and Steven is very lucky to get to see her live next Saturday I believe it is. More Kongfuscious tweets coming makes for some great twitter days down the road as well. Overall another fantastic interview by Diva-Dirt. Maria, Melina (career retrospective), Kong, amongst others. This is definitely the year of the interviews for the site and I’ve enjoyed every one of them.

  • XBlade999

    Loved the interview!! Awesome Kong is a class act, total opposite of that douche bag sponge guy

  • http://diva-adikt.com Diva-Adikt

    Awesome Interview Melanie, You Guys here at diva-dirt get all the good interviews ‘JEALOUS’. I loved the interview, it gives us an insight into the world of Awesome Kong, We here at Diva-Adikt.com want to see Awesome Knog in WWE and I hope that we see it happen, it definately has to be seen, Awesome Kong in the Biggest Wrestling Promotion in the World, the possible matches she can have make our mouth water. I hope that we see the best there is in Womens Wrestilng in the Best there is in Wrestling the Better.

    Great Job. Diva-Adikt.com

  • Mikas

    Great interview. Good to hear some things first-hand after all those months of rumors.

  • mikeparis18

    I take it that she would love to work for WWE if she gets the chance and just thinking about her and Beth or Nattie in a match gives me goosebumps! I hope she does get to go and get a Wrestlemania moment. Hell, she may even help to get the Divas back on the map. Great interview, loved it :)

  • Gail Kim #1

    Great Job!

  • http://divaderby.net/ DivaDerby

    Everyone mentions Kong Vs Beth or Kong Vs Natalya, I think the best watch is going to be Kong Vs Melina! Now those two are likely to put on an amazing match.

  • Jack5326

    Great interview as always Melanie, well done for that. :)

    I loved how Kong was classy about the BTLS stuff and thats all I want to say about that loser. Kong seems to have a jam-packed lifestyle yet its great to see that Kong is far from finished in wrestling (not that it had been hinted anyway!)

    Interesting reaction to the question regarding WWE, I hope her giggles were a sign of things to come, I know I’d love to see Kong in the WWE, even if it was as Margaret, well maybe not as that character!

    Shame our questions weren’t read out but thats understandable due to time constraints. Awesome interview, next stop, Happy Hour (hopefully there is one this week, I love it. :))

  • xcc77

    amazing interview! thank you diva-dirt! she is totally going to WWE :)

  • xxChristinaxx

    Great interview!!!!

  • mode107

    i couldn’t help but laugh along when kong found out that madison rayne was the knockouts champion.

  • http://divaderby.net/ DivaDerby

    Do we know the details of her release from TNA? She mentioned she can’t appear on TV right now, how much longer will she not be allowed to appear on TV. Its interesting that she mentioned “legal matters,” it sounds like someone is trying to work out a deal to get her on TV asap.

  • http://divaderby.net/ DivaDerby

    Say she does join WWE, would she be better off on Raw or Smackdown? Smackdown divas do get a bigger spotlight, and she would fit in well with Simply Flawless. She could be their bodyguard. She could also be Vickie’s bodyguard. That would set up Beth Vs Kong well. But, she doesn’t have that many face opponents, after Beth there’s Tiffany & Kelly Kelly! On Raw, she’d have Gail Kim, Natalya & Melina to wrestle. She could put on some awesome matches with them. She could make her debut as Maryse’s bodyguard. I dunno which would be better, either way, I just hope Kong ends up in WWE :)

  • ReyStyle94

    OMG! So stoked! She’s defo coming to WWE! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Looking Glass

    ^ In anywhere of that interview does it say that? To my recollection she only said she couldn’t talk about it, which means she has spoke to them, doesn’t mean it’s on the cards. Kong seems pretty busy and if she wrestles for the fans, she wouldn’t want to let people down, I don’t see why she’d drop everything for sometihng that may or may not happen.

    All in all I enjoyed the interview, it was so uncomofrtable having to listen to that radio segment, hearing her respond was just so decent of her in the fact that she answered it and moved on she didn’t sit and bitch as BTLS would’ve done. What gets me though is that anyone in the UK would know of the Jonathon Ross/Russell Brand prank call scandal thing, compared to Kong’s situation that was like a stone in the ocean, why was this never dealt with by the station or whatever? It was racist, it was just vile and yet its gone unnoticed. Urgh, I can’t stand how TNA Has stood by all this, sending out all the wrong messages and just a pointless asset scraping off the coat tails of Hogan.

    Back to the interview, I knew she’d get back on her feet, nice to see her have so much lined up as well and I’m not surprised she didn’t even notice Madison’s title capture, the Knockouts title travels around just as much as Kong does, so it makes sense really. Nice to see her mention people like Roxxi and ODB, who often go unsung in the interviews, would’ve liked to have heard more about Sarita, The Kongtourage and even Daffney, I would’ve liked to have seen some proper 1-on-1 Sarita matches and Daffney too, to my memory I’ve only seen them together once and it was a blatant squash.

    Would love to hear more from her, I hope she does well in ROH. Her and Del Ray on paper sounds like a real gruelling match-up, so heaven knows what it’ll be like on screen.

  • Mickey_Beck

    She seemed to nice. Love her character, but I wish she would be more open about all that has been going on and people.

  • Mickey_Beck

    Also yes ODB is by far the best knockout they have along with Tara and Daffney.

  • theregoeskitty

    yay i love kong, she has such a nice voice, i remember the first time i heard her speak in an interview i laughed because you don’t expect her to sound like she does

    omg i hope WWE snatches her up that would be awesome, I’m dreaming of the day we say kong hold the woman’s title above her head