10 Wrestling Facts We Didn't Know Last Week (April 20)

9. Gail Kim Couldn't Walk After Matches Pre-Retirement

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Gail Kim's final match as an active pro wrestler was against Kasey Owens at Southside Wrestling this past February. It was a naturally emotional night for Kim, and yet she told Women's Pro Wrestling Weekly that the end of her career had been in sight for months.

Right before she wrestled Owens, Gail found herself wondering why she couldn't walk after her matches. Read that again. Kim, an agile athlete who still looks like she's in her mid-20s, could barely move after wrestling. It was at that point she decided to seek medical help and find out why her back kept seizing up.

Once Gail had an MRI, she learned her back was in awful shape.

Kim's work as a producer in Impact Wrestling lets her remain part of the business without taking bumps, and that's for the best. When a wrestler can't physically walk or function post-match, it's advisable that they either take extended time off or call it quits.


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