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Published on April 27th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Gail Kim On Food, Diet, Exercise, Foodie Wrestlers & Future Projects With Chef Robert Irvine

One of the most decorated female wrestlers of all time, Gail Kim returns to her native Toronto to compete at the IMPACT Wrestling’s Rebellion pay-per-view this Sunday, April 28th at the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto. Kim is coming out of retirement to face third-generation wrestler Tessa Blanchard in one of the most anticipated matches at Rebellion.

The Rebellion will also see reigning World Champion Johnny Impact defending the title against Brian Cage. Other matches confirmed for Rebellion include Rich Swann defending the X-Division Championship against Sami Callihan, and The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Fenix) defending IMPACT’s World Tag Team Championship against former champions LAX (Santana and Ortiz).

One day after Rebellion, Gail Kim also will be at the IMPACT Wrestling show on Monday, April 29th in Toronto, as the Rebel Entertainment Complex will also play host to television tapings for the company’s flagship weekly TV show, IMPACT! The first and only female inductee into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame, Kim also holds the distinction of having seven title reigns — a company record — as IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion for a total of 711 days.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Gail Kim — who was featured in the recently-released Good Advice From Professional Wrestling book — by phone prior to Rebellion and a few minutes of Q&A from that interview are below. The full interview will be broadcast on a future edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast; in the meantime, more can be read via Sportskeeda

Your husband of course is a very famous chef. Have you two collaborated on anything recently aside from your home life?

Gail Kim: No, I mean… If it was the right project and we both felt like it was great for both of us we would do it, but we haven’t found that yet. So we kind of just kind of stick to our own things. I think when Robert steps into the wrestling world he’s, like, “Gail Kim’s husband.” But when I am doing everyday life, to most of the world I’m “his wife.” And so it kind of gives us our own thing and I think we both like that, especially myself, I like to have my own identity. Like I said, though, if the right project came along we would do it. Something that works for both of us.

Is there anybody else within the IMPACT world who is so well-versed within food as you are by knowing Robert and all that?

Gail Kim: I can’t think of anybody? [Talks to someone beside her, presumably Robert Irvine] Can you? That’s known as a foodie or something like that? [Comes back to the phone] No, I mean, I love food and I’m actually more adventurous with food than my husband is and he’s the chef. I know Emma, Tenille Dashwood, she is actually a big foodie as well…

It’s nice to meet other people who like to venture off when you’re in a city and go try out the cool places, and people who are open to trying different kinds of food. Because I think with wrestlers, it’s just like chicken breast and broccoli and rice… I like to try different ethnicities’ [cuisines] and just try things for the first time .

Being able to eat other food besides chicken breast rice and broccoli and all that kind of stuff, has it always been that case for you? Or are you the kind of person that can exercise a ton to offset what you eat?

Gail Kim: I’ll see that you know when I met Robert I was so strict. I mean, no salad dressing and hardly any carbs… I was just too strict, over the top. And then when I met him he adopted a lot of my clean-eating styles and he let me relax and enjoy things in moderation. Before we met he used to work out maybe three to four times a week. When we met I worked out almost every day and now he’s working out almost every day, and now I’m open to eating dessert. So we we just balance each other out really perfectly.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He is a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with PureGrainAudio.



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