Gail Kim was inducted into the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. She subsequently retired from in-ring competition in February. Lance Storm believes Kim to be a G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time). He made his opinions known on Twitter recently:
You usually get in trouble when you use farm animals to describe a woman, but if Gail ain’t a G.O.A.T she’s at the very least an All Time Great. ? https://t.co/CAzSetciSA
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) December 2, 2018
Gail Kim Involved In Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie Rivalry
Despite seemingly being retired, however, Kim made an appearance on Impact Wrestling this week. She prevented Tessa Blanchard from strangling a referee. Blanchard has been having her issues with referees as of late. She punched one in order to get purposely disqualified in her rematch with Taya as well.
Kim has mentioned that if she ever does decide to come out of retirement, she’d have her return match for Impact.
— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) July 25, 2018
Tessa Blanchard (c) vs Taya Valkyrie III has been booked for Homecoming. The event will take place January 6th, 2019 from Nashville.
Earlier this year, Kim spoke to Women’s Wrestling Weekly about why she decided to retire.
“My back was starting to deteriorate and basically what happened was I just couldn’t walk after a couple of matches here and there. I never had an MRI and I never knew what was going on in my body for so long, and then it was coming to point where I was always wrestling and not being able to walk after. And I was like ‘ It’s time, I need to know what is going on. It’s a scary thought, but you have to know so you can help it’.So, I got an MRI done and I guess, I’m grateful it wasn’t worse.”
“My L4 and my L5, pretty much the discs, was just basically all gone and there was just a thin layer left to the point, it could be bone on bone soon. Basically, I made the decision that I didn’t want to keep on going, where I had to have that major surgery because that minor surgery; he (the doctor) told me I can get back in the ring in 7 weeks and that 7 weeks turned into 7 months.”