IMPACT Wrestling is known for giving a major kickstart to many superstars who build the strong foundation of their young careers in the IMPACT zone and go on to make a name outside. Moreover, the promotion is known to feature legends and sign upcoming talent as well. In more recent news, IMPACT inked a deal with KiLynn King, someone who has appeared for AEW more than a few times.
On May 20th, 2020, KiLynn King made her All Elite Wrestling debut and was defeated by Penelope Ford on AEW Dark. Following that, she made her AEW televised debut while partnering with Kenzie Paige in a loss to Nyla Rose on Dynamite. Obviously, she was on Tony Khan’s radar in a big way. That being said, she hasn’t appeared for AEW this year.
KiLynn King has been a semiregular fixture for AEW programming since then. She wasn’t locked into a contract, and was working elsewhere as well. However, she recently in an interview with Steve Fall of WrestlingNewsCo that she has signed a contract with IMPACT Wrestling.
“There’s been a lot of buzz on social media, ‘is she going to sign anywhere? Who is she going to sign with?’ The biggest thing I’ve been preaching is, guys, I already know what’s going to happen, I’ve manifested it, it’s just a matter of who is going to step up and offer that deal. IMPACT did, and I’m very excited. I’m in love with their product, I love the character work that goes on there, and I’m excited to be a part of that and see how KiLynn King grows through the IMPACT product. It’s going to be a great time.”
Furthermore, KiLynn King competed in the IMPACT tapings in December 2022 against Gisele Shaw and Taylor Wilde. She cited this experience as the reason for signing with IMPACT.
I’ve been trying to get work there for awhile, and Tommy Dreamer and Gail Kim were big advocates for me there. In December, I had the opportunity to work with them for the first time. A week or two after, I got a call saying, ‘Hey, we want to offer you something.’
The moment I got there, the backstage atmosphere is amazing. Everyone is so uplifting and encouraging. They want the best product out there. That’s the kind of locker room I want to be in. As soon as I got the phone call, my gut, immediately, was like, ‘You’re going to do this. This is the next step.
The moment I worked with them and the moment the contract was in the works and the talks, the idea of who I was, wasn’t a question. Sometimes, you go places and the thing you’ve been building over the years on the independents and everything, people are like, ‘that’s great, but we want you to do this.’
The moment they talked to me about ‘We want to take the King franchise and want to figure out how to make it work in IMPACT.’ That was the thing for me because I have been working for the last two years on how to make KiLynn King, the King, really standout in this generation. They were really on board with that.
There is a lot of amazing character work that goes on there. For the longest time, I’ve just been ‘wrestling, wrestling, wrestling,’ and now I get to dive more into that character work and my acting skills. I’m very excited for that process.”
KiLynn King would most likely prove to be an asset for IMPACT Wrestling. We will have to wait and see what King does when she finally arrives in the IMPACT zone as an official star of the Knockouts division.
Do you think KiLynn King is a good signee for IMPACT? Would you have picked AEW instead? Sound off in the comments!