Exclusive Interview – Jordynne Grace: “There’s no one on Impact Wrestling That I Don’t Want to Wrestle

In its era, where Women’s wrestling has completely changed his fate in revolutionizing itself, every woman has been welcomed in the ring, whoever she is, whatever her physique may be, as long as she can wrestle. At only 22, Jordynne Grace has paved her way to the top, match after match, opportunity after opportunity. When, at All In 2018 Over-Budget Battle Royale, she eliminated The Machine himself, Brian Cage, the world found out about this petite but incredibly strong wrestler, who would later fight Cage in an intergender match. After that, it was just a matter of time until a promotion like Impact Wrestling knocked at her door and signed her, as Jordynne Grace is epitomizing what women’s wrestling has become. 

SteelChair Magazine had the chance to talk to Jordynne Grace a few days ago. She talked about her ride with Impact Wrestling, being a role model in being a physique and an athlete, her current ‘supernatural’ storyline, and what the future may hold for her.

You made your debut with Impact Wrestling just after ‘Bound for Glory’ last October. How do you feel in this roster, how were you welcomed?

I feel really good and excited about the future. All the women are incredibly talented and there’s no one there that I don’t want to wrestle. Sometimes there are girls that you don’t get along with or something like that, but I actually love all the girls there. We’re actually doing a Valentine’s Day for the girls, so all the Knockouts are going to be exchanging gifts in Las Vegas next week on February 15th for the day after Valentine’s Day. But I’m not going to tell you who’s going to be my Valentine on that day (laughs).

Currently, you’re in the middle of a very strange storyline involving yourself, Allie/Dark Allie, Su Yung, Kiera Hogan, and Rosemary. How do you feel about this storyline and mostly working with these 4 talented ladies?

It’s the first time that I’ve ever been involved in any kind of storylines, anything like this. It’s supernatural, so it’s definitely outside of the realm of wrestling that I normally do, but I think all the women involved are just really coming into their own, with their characters, the promo work and all the special effects and so I’m really excited to be part of something that’s really different than anything else. 

The Knockouts roster is a great mix of athletes, but also of women with a sexy attitude like Scarlett Bordeaux. Do you think there is a place for all these different characters, attitudes and physiques on Impact?

I think there is something for everyone who is watching Impact. If you’re a guy and just want to watch a sexy woman do a striptease, and maybe wrestle at some point, you have Scarlett  If you want to actually watch a competitive wrestling match, you have Tessa, you have Taya. Even if you want to watch something a little weird, out of the ordinary, supernatural, you could say you have Dark Allie, Rosemary, Su Yung. So I really think there’s something for everyone.

You’ve been keeping an incredibly busy Independent schedule alongside your Impact commitments, what was the transition like to a more TV-based product like Impact?

It’s been a bit of a learning curve. I definitely think that I’m still learning exactly what to do. The production team tells you exactly what to do, they tell you what cameras to look at and when. It’s a different beast because you really have to remember more than just the wrestling, you have to remember the production side of it too and so that’s a little bit difficult sometimes. 

Who in the production team have you worked the most with? Gail Kim, Petey Williams, Jimmy Jacobs?

I’ve actually been working with all of them pretty much all the time, as they all work together. So whenever I need advice about something or I didn’t do something right or there’s something that I need to do that’s different, a lot of times all three of them will come to me at different times and just tell me exactly what they think that I should be doing. I definitely think that they’re a more progressive team, maybe because they’re younger, and Jimmy Jacobs has like the most insane mind in wrestling that I’ve ever encountered.

You’re the current PROGRESS Women’s Champion. You’ve been working a lot in the UK since last year. What brought you there and how do you feel wrestling in the UK compared to the USA?

I was a part of the PROGRESS US tour last August. I got contacted about that, I did that, and I got invited. No, actually, I didn’t get invited, I was actually over the UK working for EVE and I was there for the weekend, they were actually doing their Wembley show. I had to make my debut there. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence that I was already in the UK, but I think it was.

It really worked out because that was technically my UK PROGRESS debut, even if I don’t necessarily wrestle, and then I just kept getting brought back and I guess they must have liked what I did right because they made me PROGRESS Women’s Champion, so I thought that was pretty cool. 

The first time I’ve ever actually come to the UK was last year, so it’s actually incredible how things kind of snowballed into me becoming the third PROGRESS Women’s Champion, just because I just debuted over in the UK in February for EVE. It really was like a good slap in the face because that happened so fast. I do love coming to the UK, the only thing I don’t like it’s the really long flight (laughs), that’s the only thing I’m not a fan of.

You seem to be a wrestler with no fear. You’ve tasted hardcore wrestling, intergender wrestling. Do you have some limits?

I don’t think I’ll ever do a Deathmatch, that’s probably my limit. I could never do what Jimmy Havoc does, even if I respect that style of wrestling. 

You’re an athlete, you have a physique. Are you trying while wrestling to give a message to women who can feel bad because they’re ‘different’?

I definitely think that anybody on Impact can do anything they want to do. I think that hopefully, I get that vibe off in the ring, just by seeing the size that I am and being atypical, not being what a women wrestler looks like in somebody’s mind.

Your book “DMs of a Female Indy Wrestler” has been a huge success. How have your colleagues reacted to it and do you think that the way women’s wrestlers are treated online will improve? Does it change something in the way people are considering you?

I think it changed the way people saw me, but the book definitely did bring me a lot of attention, some positives, some negatives, but mostly positives just because I think a lot of people liked the fact I was creating something that brought attention to exactly what kind of messages that women, especially women wrestlers, were receiving on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. I think a lot of people liked the idea of the DM book and just, in fact, bringing attention to something that’s gone on for way too long on the Internet. 

You’ll turn 23 next month, you’ve been in this business for seven years. What are your dreams and goals and who are the wrestlers you want to walk into the footsteps of?

My big goal is just to do this as long as I possibly can and avoid injuries as long as I can because I feel like the first time I get a severe injury, like breaking my neck or tearing an ACL or MCL, I’ll probably be finished. There’s a lot of things I think I want to do in my life that doesn’t involve wrestling, but I think that’ll probably the end for me if I have like some kind of debilitating injury like that if I’m out for a year or so. I don’t think I like to follow anybody’s footsteps, I think I just want to kind of create my own path and just do what I do best for as long as I can. But some wrestlers I looked up to when I was younger and I was just starting to watch wrestling were Chyna and Beth Phoenix, two powerhouse wrestlers. 

Follow Jordynne Grace on Twitter @JordynneGraceAll pics and screencaps courtesy of Impact Wrestling and PROGRESS Wrestling. Very Nygma thanks to James Truepenny

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