IMPACT Wrestling legend ODB has named who she thinks is the greatest Knockout of all time, as well as discussing which current stars have made an impression on her.
While speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, the four-time Knockouts Champion opened up about the changes brought in by Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan and how they affected her, before reminiscing about some of the other legendary women who have competed in IMPACT.
“Oh, boy, it’s so like… We’re all so different, and that’s what I loved about the Knockouts Division. I would have to say Gail Kim, because she was basically there… And Traci Brooks, because those two were kind of like the start of it when there wasn’t really much wrestling, and Gail was just managing, and she’s like, ‘I want the women to come in.’ And that’s what got it. Then Traci Brooks is also a big part of that. So the two Canadian girls, two of my best friends, helped pave the way for us Knockouts. And I thank those girls, I talk to them every day, too, so yeah. And it’s good to see Gail helping the younger girls at IMPACT, so it’s awesome to still see her around doing what she loves.
Speaking of the current stars in IMPACT, ODB said two women in particular are impressing her.
“Oh, boy, there’s two of them that really stand out. The champ right now, Deonna Purrazzo, there’s something about her. She’s good. I actually got a chance to get in the ring with her. Then Jordynne Grace. There’s a lot of potential there, and she’s just a powerhouse. Every time I see her wrestle, or in a match with her, she gets better and better – so I’m excited for her future, where it goes.”
One woman outside of IMPACT, though, has also impressed ODB, as AEW star and NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb is someone who is “better than ever” – according to the TNA legend.
“Yes! She is one of my very good friends in this business and we started out in 2005, was when we actually helped make the OVW Women’s Division and I was the first-ever OVW Women’s Champ and Serena was part of that. I love how she went away for a little bit to refocus and do some stuff and then came back. She’s better than ever. I mean, everything happens for a reason. I believe that. And I would love to get back in the ring with her. She actually asked me, like, ‘Do you still wrestle?’
Meanwhile, ODB confirmed to Inside The Ropes that we’ll be seeing her in IMPACT “for a few months” in our recent interview, which you can see here.
Thanks so much to ODB for taking the time, and to IMPACT UK & Ireland for facilitating the interview. Fans in the UK & Ireland can catch IMPACT! every Wednesday on IMPACT Plus and on Facebook & YouTube, with the show repeated on 5Star on Friday evenings, and catch all IMPACT PPVs via IMPACT Plus and Fite TV worldwide.