Various: Jordynne Grace on Goal as Impact Knockouts Champion, Hacksaw Jim Duggan Update, Indies

Jordynne Grace Comments on Her Goal as Current Impact Knockouts Champion

Denise Salcedo held a recent interview with Jordynne Grace. One of the topics discussed included Grace’s thoughts on wanting to help Impact Wrestling become one of the top companies again as Impact Knockouts Champion.

“So 2020 was was a difficult time period for me to be Knockouts Champion, because I won it and then basically, immediately, the pandemic happened. So I did a lot of my title defenses, and I lost the title with no fans. I feel like that almost wasn’t really fair to me as a champion to have to go through that. It’s really been an uphill battle to get back to this title. I feel like the only thing that I could do to get me back to that title was to reinvent myself, I think I’ve done that. I started leaning into powerlifting a lot more. The less I thought about the Knockouts Title, the more I feel like they wanted to give me the opportunity again, so I feel like that was that was one of those things. So I just kept focusing on myself. I was just like, don’t worry about who has the title, don’t worry about opportunities anybody else is getting because all you can do is focus on yourself and getting better. I feel like that has finally paid off.

I would like to defend it in front of a crowd for one that’s, that’s, that’s my first go. I want to bring more eyes to the Knockouts division, I feel like IMPACT in general because I feel like we put out such an incredible product and the women are given more opportunities here than at any other promotion. I feel like fans need to start watching IMPACT Wrestling and seeing these things. A lot of people still have it in their head, you know, back in the day, they mess things up a little bit. But it’s a completely new crew. Now, everything is different. I think that we need to be given that opportunity, again, to be one of the top companies. We need more eyes on us. I think that’s one of my biggest goals as champion.”

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Hacksaw Jim Duggan Health Status Update

As noted before, WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan has been dealing with another bout of prostate cancer since this past May.

Duggan recently provided a health update on Instagram stating that he still has another six more weeks of radiation treatments to go for his current bout with cancer.

“Hey folks, I was just in there brushing my teeth, getting ready for bed, feeling sorry for myself. It wasn’t that long ago I had kidney cancer, I lost a kidney. Then just three years ago, I had all the heart problems, where I was in the ICU unit and ended up having an ablation. Then I had two other incidents where I was in the ICU unit, and then I get diagnosed with prostate cancer, they take out my prostate and I still have to have radiation because the cancer is still in me.

I’m sitting there feeling a little sorry for myself. Then I look in the mirror, and the man in the mirror is looking back hard at me. And it’s ‘Duggan, pull your head out! Stand up straight! God bless that you have only 6 more weeks of radiation. God bless that you only have six more weeks of radiation. Look around, look around, you got it a lot better than a lot of other people, God bless. So, Hacksaw, pull your head out and I’m going to do it and folks, make sure you get your physicals, save your life.”

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Indie promotion WrestleRex recently announced that they have pulled Bandido from the card of their June 30th event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to him suffering an injury at Lucha Libre AAA’s Triplemania XXX: Tijuana event this past Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico. It was announced that Lince Dorado will be Bandido’s replacement for this event.

Chase Stevens and Madison Rayne reportedly suffered broken nose injuries at Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary 2022 event this past Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, according to PWInsider.

The Briscoes, Jay & Mark Briscoe, reportedly are currently not signed to a contract with Impact Wrestling, according to PWInsider.

Impact Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Against All Odds event on July 1st in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • Impact World Championship – Joe Doering vs. Josh Alexander (c)

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced three new matches for the card of their NJPW Strong themed High Alert event on July 24th in Charlotte, North Carolina:

  • Clark Connors vs. Hiromu Takahashi
  • Mascara Dorada vs. TJP
  • Hikuleo vs. Big Damo

Major League Wrestling recently announced a new card for tonight’s Battle Riot IV event in New York City, New York:

  • Killer Kross vs. Matt Cross