Gail Kim, an Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer, had a long career in professional wrestling, spanning from 2001 to 2019. Kim revealed her decision to step down from ring work in 2019. I can not really walk after my matches, like, I really can not walk at all. I was using my suitcases as a walking stick to get from place to place, Kim disclosed. I once felt like I was slowing down in the ring, and while the fans couldn’t tell, I could.
That was the first part, and the second was, “Well, what will be the next thing I want to achieve?” And, to be honest, I had accomplished everything I had set out to do… The Hall of Fame was the cherry on top. Kim was the only inductee into the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. Kim had a very solid run with the firm, as she was the inaugural titleholder when the company first developed a women’s championship.
Because their women were referred to as knockouts, their championship was dubbed the TNA Knockout’s Championship. Following her first victory in 2007, Kim went on to win the title six more times, most lately in 2017, when she held the title for a day before relinquishing it.
TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship
Kim also won the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship with Madison Rayne in the first edition of the tournament. At Hard to Kill 2021, Kiera Hogan as well as current Knockout’s Champion Tasha Steelz, a.k.a Fire N’ Flava, has become the first Impact Knockout’s Tag Team Title holders.
Kim did not have as much success in WWE as she did in Impact, but she actually won the WWE Women’s Championship in 2003 by winning the battle royal during her first televised match. Kim held the position for 28 days before succumbing to Molly Holly. Kim had two stints with WWE, the first from 2002 to 2004, and the 2nd from 2009 to 2011.
Kim’s most recent match took place at Impact Wrestling’s Rebellion Pay-Per-View in 2019, in which she was crushed by Tessa Blanchard. Blanchard defeated Sami Callihan to become the company’s first female world champion at Hard to Kill 2020. Nevertheless, due to the controversy surrounding her, she was forced to vacate the title when her contract was terminated.