IMPACT! Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim has said a deteriorating spine led to her choice to retire earlier this year.
Speaking to AfterbuzzTV's 'Women's Pro-Wrestling Weekly' podcast, Kim said how her body has been worn down to the point where she was unable to walk after matches.
She said: "I never had an MRI and I never knew what was going on in my body for so long, and then it was coming to point where I was always wrestling and not being able to walk after."
In the interview, Kim said that she knew she would have to get an MRI, to see what damage had been done.
"My L4 and my L5 [discs in the spine] were just basically all gone and there was just a thin layer left to the point, it could be bone on bone soon. Basically, I made the decision that I didn’t want to keep on going."
Kim defeated Allie and Sienna at Bound for Glory to win her seventh Knockouts Championship and was the inaugural champion.
She would wrestle select dates, before having her last official match on February 3 against Southside Wrestling's Kasey Owens.