Kenny King is undoubtedly one of the more popular and established pro wrestlers on Impact Wrestling. He continues to be hailed as a fan favorite and his star continues to shine bright even now. That said, it appears King was once a Chippendales dancer.

As fans are aware by now, sometimes pro wrestlers take different jobs in order to make ends meet and fulfil their goals of learning how to become a professional wrestler. Kenny King is no exception.

While speaking on The Sessions with Renée Paquette, Kenny King talked about his time in pro wrestling and all the odd jobs he has done over the years. Kenny King recalled how he became a Chippendales dancer and explained why he entered the business in the first place.

King was living with a friend in Orlando when he received an invitation to go to a Chippendales show from a buddy who was the singer for the European Chippendales tour and had written three songs on the No Strings Attached NSYNC album. Despite initially declining, King was persuaded to attend the show, which he found was very different from his expectations.


“There was a guy that I know from Orlando that was living with me. It was me and a buddy of mine. We were renting a house. He was the singer for the European Chippendales tour and he wrote three songs on the No Strings Attached NSYNC album. He’s an Orlando guy. He just happened to be moved out to Vegas. So he was like, ‘Hey, man, would you think about traveling to go to a Chippendales?’ I was like, ‘No, I’m cool. Thanks.’ He’s like ‘You might want to do this. This is a pretty cool gig’. I was like, ‘No, I’m cool.’ I think it was his birthday. He was like, ‘Yo, It’s my birthday. We’re going to go to the Chippendales so you can see what the show is like.’ I’m like, ‘Bro. I don’t want to do this. What makes you think I want to go and watch a bunch of dudes in banana hammocks oiling each other up. I’m chill. I’m cool.’ He said, ‘It’s my birthday, bro. Like, You don’t have a choice.’ Alright, fine, right, whatever. I go on a protest.”

“Then I go to the show and then I see six or 700 women in the audience and then I see what it is. It’s different. It’s not like a strip club or like Magic Mike. It’s actually a choreographed show where there’s set changes in wardrobe and stuff. I’m looking at choreography. I’m like, alright, that’s like wrestling spots. That’s all right. Then I’m looking at these 700 women going crazy in the crowd. I’m like, I’m curious. There’s no tips. You get paid per show. Afterward, women can come up and take pictures. That’s the only tipping situation.”

“So I do it. “I went to Europe for two months. My very first show at Chippendales, we drew like 8000 women. At that point, I didn’t draw in a wrestling show that had more than 500 people. I’m like, what is going on? There’s these big stadium shows. That’s how that happened. That happened right before I met my daughter’s mom. I did some tours, the Chippendales, and then I moved to Florida and then I quit Chippendales.”

“I moved back to Vegas. There’s only the European tour and the Vegas show. The Vegas show, there are like 10 guys. I end up running into one of the guys. He’s like, ‘Hey man, are you back?’ I was like, ‘No, that ship has sailed. I’m cool.’ An hour later, I got a phone call from the producer, so I did the Vegas show. I did the Vegas show from 2010 to 2015 and was on three number one selling calendars in the world.”

Kenny King does not regret becoming a Chippendales dancer as it helped him out in many ways and opened up numerous avenues for him as well. We’ll have to see what’s next in store for him.

What’s your take on what Kenny King said? Are you surprised he was a Chippendales dancer? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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