Awesome Kong reflects on her appearance at NWA EmPowerrr.
Over the weekend at NWA’s EmPowerrr pay-per-view, there was a segment where Gail Kim was being cornered by Taryn Terrell, Jennacide and Paola Blaze. Coming out for the save was former two-time TNA Knockouts Champion Awesome Kong, real name Kia Stevens. Stevens ran Terrell, Jennacide and Blaze out of the ring and had a stare down with Gail Kim to signal back to their rivalry in TNA.
It was shortly after that both Kim and Stevens became emotional after they spoke about what they were able to accomplish together. Stevens announced that she is ‘done’ in wrestling and the two received a standing ovation from those in attendance. Bell To Belles caught up with Kia Stevens following her announcement and she said she had been trying to figure out a way to say goodbye to wrestling.
Well, for a while now I’ve been trying to figure out a way to say goodbye [to] wrestling and I thought it’d be a nice bookend way to wrap up a good career, I would say. It’s been a good career, and then to have a moment and with Gail [Kim] and to say I saved your tookus.
Stevens and Gail Kim’s string of matches in TNA is one that’s often remembered and promoted by the company itself.
She looks back fondly on that period of her career and while she would like to remain humble, she hopes that if a book were to be written about women’s wrestling in the future, that she and Gail Kim’s feud will be mentioned as one of the sparks that sparked a revolution.
I do [look back fondly on those times]. Wrestlers, we like to try to stay humble. However, I would hope that if someone were to write about women’s wrestling in the future that they would mention Gail [Kim] and I’s feud as at least part of a spark that sparked a revolution.
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