Over the years, Impact Wrestling’s Knockouts division has broken down barriers with wrestlers and wrestling that have stunned fans around the world. Today, Impact is home to some of the best wrestlers in the world. They will get a chance to prove it this Saturday, January 8 at Hard to Kill, when they will compete in the historically first Knockouts Ultimate X match.
The Ultimate X Match is known as the X-Division Signature Match. This year, however, the Knockouts are trying to change that. Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green, Lady Frost, Alisha Edwards, Rosemary and Tasha Steelz will compete to nominate the number one candidate for the Impact Knockouts Championship.
Grace, a former Impact Knockouts champion, Knockouts Tag team champion and current Impact Digital Media champion, has had an impressive career in a short time. The 25-year-old fighter is known to put it all down. Her perseverance, according to Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore, helped lead the way.
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Before Hard to Kill, Grace spoke to Sporting News about her views on the match and goals for 2022.
Sports News: Scott D’Amore has stated that you are persistent in the ring and beyond. How convincing was the need to put this match together?
Jordynne Grace: I, Tasha Steelz and Alisha Edwards, along with several others, brought Scott into the ring during Slammiversary. The Ultimate X platform was set at a time when Josh Alexander was about to defend his title. At first I was kidding and I didn’t think he would enjoy it. I asked when the first Knockouts Ultimate X would be. At first he laughed and said if you could climb there, try it. We all did, so his gears spun a little.
SN: Why do you think Knockout could get this opportunity now?
JG: In the past, some of the Knockouts may have been able to climb ropes, but they may not have been able to stay there long enough to handle the match. I think a lot of Knockouts now have a lot of upper body strength, like me. I can hang on the ropes forever.
SN: What worries you about the Ultimate X match?
JG: The hardest thing about Ultimate X is that if you’re afraid of heights like me, it’s very scary. That is one of the biggest things I have to overcome. To be fair, when I climbed, when I was with Scott, it was just with the wrestlers. It will be a lot different when the fans and my family cheer there. I feel like I won’t be afraid when the atmosphere is different.
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SN: How do you feel about entering a match and the fact that it is happening?
JG: This match is really important. This is one of the few matches that did not have a Knockouts version. It’s an important and big piece of history to be a part of it. I’m really excited that we can do it and that Scott has agreed. I didn’t think it would happen so fast. Maybe six months have passed since that interview. I thought he would want it more convincing than it was. I’m glad it’s 100% behind it.
SN: What are your next goals after this match for 2022?
JG: I want to see any woman or me challenge and win the X-Division Championship and become an Impact World Champion again.