Another new regime for Impact Wrestling begins this Thursday (Feb 1st) as the company begins to air the first episode of their most recent tapings from the Impact Zone in Orlando.
Some of these new plans include Impact swapping their six-sided ring for a traditional four-sided ring, plans to introduce new championship belts and the return of former and new stars – one of which will include a brand new Knockout in Kiera Hogan.
In an introductory interview with Josh Matthews, Hogan discusses her Impact debut, who inspired her to get into wrestling and aspirations. Highlights of the interview below.
On her debut match against Laurel Van Ness: “Being the newest Knockout, I have to do my research about all my opponents and my upcoming opportunities. I know she is pretty crazy but she’s never experienced like the Girl on Fire. I’m excited. If I do get to beat her, do you know what that would mean for me as being the newest person on Impact. I think that would be an amazing opportunity to have a Knockouts Championship match.”
Inspirations growing up: “Well first off I have to say that my idol is Mickie James. She is a former Impact Knockout, which is amazing to me to even be in the same place she once was. Mickie James, Melina, Gail Kim. I started watching wrestling in 2006, so I have a lot of people who were my inspirations growing up. Mickie James is definitely where I get a lot of my spunk from. Melina, Angelina Love, I do a lot more of my catty backhanded stuff. I usually try and stay away from that because I’m too friendly and kind-hearted but those three were definitely my inspiration behind who I am as a wrestler.”
On her Impact Wrestling debut: “I’m more excited than nervous, definitely, because of the opportunity. To be a part of Impact but to be in an actual Impact ring in the Impact Zone is definitely more nerve. I just want to make the best first impression. I want to be able to show everybody who the Girl on Fire really is, who Kiera Hogan really is. I hope my first impression is the best impression.”
You can listen to the full interview here.
What did you think of the interview? Are you excited to Kiera Hogan join the Knockouts division? What are you looking most forward to in this new regime for Impact? Let us know in the comments below!