The Knockouts Division of Impact Wrestling has broken down barriers over the years with wrestlers and matches that have wowed fans around the world. Today, Impact is home to some of the best female wrestlers in the world. They will have the chance to prove it this Saturday, January 8 at Hard to Kill when they take part in the very first Knockouts Ultimate X game.
The Ultimate X match is known as the X-Division signing match. This year, however, the Knockouts are looking to change all that. Jordynne Grace, Chelsea Green, Lady Frost, Alisha Edwards, Rosemary and Tasha Steelz will compete to determine the number one contender for the Impact Knockouts Championship.
Grace, former Impact Knockouts Champion, Knockouts Tag Team Champion and current Impact Digital Media Champion, has had an impressive career in no time. The 25-year-old is known for putting everything on the line. His persistence, according to Impact Wrestling executive vice-president Scott D’Amore, helped pave the way for this game.
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Ahead of Hard to Kill, Grace spoke to Sporting News about her thoughts on the game and her goals for 2022.
Sporting News: Scott D’Amore has said that you persist in and out of the ring. How much persuasion did it take for this match to come together?
Jordyne Grace: Me, Tasha Steelz and Alisha Edwards, along with a few others, brought Scott to the ring during the Slammiversary. The Ultimate X platform was created for when Josh Alexander was going to defend his title. I was joking a bit at first, and I didn’t think he would amuse her. I asked when the first Ultimate X Knockouts would be. At first he was laughing and said if you can climb it try it. We’ve all done it, and that’s what made its gears spin a bit.
SN: Why do you think the Knockouts might be given this opportunity now?
JG: In the past, some Knockouts might have been able to climb the ropes, but maybe they couldn’t stay there long enough to make the game. I think now a lot of Knockouts have a lot of upper body strength like me. I can hold on to the ropes forever.
SN: What are you concerned about with the Ultimate X match?
JG: The hardest thing about Ultimate X is that if you get dizzy like me, it’s very scary. This is one of the biggest things that I have to overcome. To be fair, when I climbed when I was with Scott, it was just with wrestlers there. It will be very different when the fans and my family are there to cheer. I have the impression that I will not be afraid when the atmosphere is different.
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SN: How do you feel before the game and the fact that it’s going?
JG: This match is really important. This is one of the only matches that didn’t have a Knockouts version. It’s important and a big part of the story to be a part of it. Honestly, I’m just super glad we could make it happen and Scott agreed. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. It has been maybe six months since that conversation. I thought it would take more conviction than it took. I’m glad he’s 100% behind.
SN: Following this match, what are your other goals for 2022?
JG: I want to see any woman, or me, challenge and win the X-Division championship and become the Impact world champion again.