Mia Yim has discussed her decision to return to IMPACT Wrestling following her WWE departure.
Following Yim’s surprise appearance at Under Siege, it was revealed that she has signed a deal with the company.
Speaking with Denise Salcedo, Yim noted that she had no hesitation when joining the IMPACT women’s division under Gail Kim’s leadership.
Also discussing her hopes for her legacy, Yim said:
“A lot was going on in my mind. It’s hard to pinpoint one or two specific things. Me and Keith (Lee) got released on the same day. It was a lot of figuring out– I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to in my career, everything that I set a goal for myself I’ve done it all. So, do I even want to wrestle anymore? Just with the toxicity of social media and with what I did the last time like I was a joke, I was a joke, so it was like do I even bother?
“So we got married (Keith Lee), we moved two weeks after, bought a house, so a lot of real life stuff was happening. Keith, right after the wedding he went to work, so I am like alright, let me take a couple of months to kinda just hold down the fort, and get everything together with real life first. So he doesn’t have to worry about anything and everything will be taken care of at home. So I took a couple months off to do things in my real life but also to figure out if this is what I wanted to continue to do. It was a lot, it was a lot.
“I am close friends with Gail (Kim) and I’ve been talking to her ever since I left IMPACT the first time. So we’ve been talking. I originally didn’t want to sign anywhere, I didn’t want to be on TV. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. But Gail was putting over the company, putting over the talent, even Scott (D’Amore), putting over everything.
“As the head of the women’s division, I have no questions, no second guesses, no hesitation that if I were to go to IMPACT under Gail’s leadership everything is gonna be fine. There’s no drama, I didn’t want to deal with drama, politics, if I was gonna wrestle, I just wanted to wrestle and hang out with my friends. And that place I have a lot of friends, I know that I would have a lot of wrestling opportunities, so it was a no brainer to me, ‘okay I am going to give it one more try.’
“I don’t want people to remember me for what I’ve done in the past year or two. I want people to remember me as Mia Yim, that I’ve had decades worth of work under my belt before I had the whole thing happen. I want people to remember that I am not just a manager for a group or whatever, I can go. Once I decided I am gonna give wrestling a try, I was like ‘count me in Gail.’ I know that at IMPACT I am gonna be okay.
Yim will compete in the first ever Queen of the Mountain Match at Slammiversary 2022 on June 19.
H/T to Denise Salcedo for the quote.
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