Gail Kim wants to see Don West & Mike Tenay inducted into IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame this year

For the 2023 IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame slot, Gail Kim would like to see that honor go to Mike Tenay and the late Don West

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Gail Kim would like to see the duo honored this year.

Before the new year, former TNA/IMPACT Wrestling commentator Don West passed away after a battle with brain lymphoma. His long-time friend and broadcast partner Mike Tenay first shared the news. 

West’s life and fond memories of him were discussed by a fellow former colleague of his, IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim. She told the Generation Of Wrestling podcast how positive it felt to be around West and mentioned that she wants to see him and Mike Tenay inducted into this year’s IMPACT Hall of Fame. 

I always say this and I’m not even exaggerating, I don’t have one negative — and I worked with him [Don West] for years, okay, and we did all the live events and a full-time schedule and we saw each other every week. I don’t have one negative memory of Don. That voice you heard, that excitement, that positivity you heard when he was commentating, that’s who he truly was backstage. Just positive, excitement for the matches and he’d always be so complimentary. He would say, ‘You and Kong, you make it so easy to call a match because I’m just so really invested in it’ and he just made you feel good all the time and it was just heartbreaking because I did get to talk to him before he passed and he wasn’t in a good place so, I guess I was prepared somewhat mentally and some way, I knew it wasn’t going well but, doesn’t help the sting I guess once the real news gets delivered and because he was so beloved by so many, it was a really hard one to deal with for a lot of people I think. I wanna see him and Mike Tenay in the Hall of Fame this year. I think it’s most fitting and deserved.

Tenay spoke at length about West’s life and the final months of it. That can be read at this link

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

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