Gail Kim did not know Awesome Kong was announcing her retirement at NWA EmPowerrr

Kia Stevens (Awesome Kong) retired at NWA EmPowerrr and neither Gail Kim nor Mickie James knew she was going to announce that

Gail Kim speaks about Kia Stevens’ retirement announcement at NWA EmPowerrr.

Several weeks ago at NWA’s all-women’s EmPowerrr event, Kia Stevens (Awesome Kong) returned and she Gail Kim ran off Taryn Terrell, Paola Mayfield and Jennacide.

Stevens and Gail shared a moment as Kia thanked Gail for their time in the ring together and then she formally announced her retirement from in-ring competition.

During Gail’s appearance on the Battleground Podcast, she stated that she only knew she would be in a segment with Stevens and added that neither she nor Mickie James knew what Stevens was going to say.

I really didn’t even know what they wanted me to do besides produce at that point. She [Mickie James] said, ‘Maybe you come out and cut a promo’ and so I said, ‘Yeah, sure. No problem’ and I would say probably a week after that, she informed me about Kia [Stevens] accepting to come and I was like [gasps]. You know, wrestling’s always been one of those things that I actually get really emotional about and I always tell this story that my husband gets mad because I didn’t cry at our wedding but I’ll cry for anything wrestling that moves me, so, when she’s like, you know, ‘She said she never got that final moment with you to say thank you’ and I was like, ‘I’m feeling emotional already. Don’t call me anymore,’ and so I got really super excited and you know, honestly, I just — I didn’t know [what] she was gonna say in the ring that night. I found out at the same time as all the fans watching that she was retiring. Yeah, Mickie and I both didn’t know.

IMPACT Wrestling is bringing back their all-women’s event Knockouts Knockdown. It is going to be taped this weekend and it will air October 9th.

If the quote in this article is used, please credit the Battleground Podcast with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription. 

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