Gail Kim Didn't Know Awesome Kong Was Retiring At NWA Empowerrr
“I found out at the same time as all the fans were watching that she was retiring.”
NWA’s first ever all-female event Empowerrr was a celebration of women’s wrestling, and saw the retirement of one of the most beloved names of the past 20 years; Awesome Kong.
However, it seems as though Kong’s retirement was a surprise to many, with long-time rival Gail Kim informing the Battleground Podcast that she was caught off-guard by the news:
“It really started with just me coming on board at first. Mickie [James] asked a numerous amount of women to be a part of that. I said, ‘As long as Impact is cool with that, of course.’ I always want to support all the women in this business. Mickie is a go-getter, a legend in her own right and an incredible woman. I knew the passion behind the project that she had. I really didn’t even know what they wanted me to do besides produce at that point. She said, ‘Maybe you can come out and cut a promo.’ I said, ‘Yea, sure, no problem.’
“I would say, probably a week after that, she informed me about Kia [Awesome Kong] accepting. Wrestling has always been one of those things that I actually get really emotional about. I always tell the story that my husband gets mad that I didn’t cry at our wedding, but I will cry about anything wrestling that moves me. When she said she never got that final moment with you to say thank you, I’m feeling emotional now, so I got excited. Honestly, I didn’t know what she was going to say in the ring that night. I found out at the same time as all the fans were watching that she was retiring. Mickie and I both didn’t know.”