TNA Impact Wrestling’s Gail Kim is among the most respected and decorated women’s wrestlers in history.
She joins other female wrestlers competing for the “Queen of the Knockouts” title during “Knockouts Knockdown,” a TNA event available starting Friday, Sept. 6 on pay-per-view.
Taryn Terrell is also in that field of talented women.
Kim will never forget her recent wars with the blonde bombshell, which includes their Last Knockout Standing battle at TNA Wrestling’s Slammiversary pay-per-view.
“Before those matches even happened, I think a lot of people were very skeptical about Taryn Terrell,” Kim said during a conference call to promote “Knockouts Knockdown.”
“I worked a little with her in WWE previously, and she was kind of just starting to get on a roll. Then she got released shortly thereafter, and I left the company as well. She had taken a couple years break at that point, so when she came back they eased her into a role as referee. We really didn’t know if she could go in the ring.
“The only thing that I knew prior to having these stipulated matches was that she does a little bit of stunt work on the side as people found out lately. The thing is when you have stipulation matches. It’s all out there, and you can do whatever you wanted to do. I’ve always been in favor of those types of matches. I’m a little bit nuts if you ask people who have worked with me. I’m always willing to push the envelope.”
Kim believes in her 14 years she has been wrestling she never met a girl like Terrell who wanted to step it up and take it to another level with her.
“I’ve been in the ring with many, many talented girls. Whether they were just skilled technically or strong or experienced, I have never met a girl who wanted to get to that level of craziness I guess you could call it. With Taryn, I just knew, and she really stepped it up when it came to that Last Knockout Standing match.
“We both really wanted to bring it that day. I don’t think anyone had any expectations for that match. It was just kind of a match that the feud was actually built up, but the stipulation hadn’t been built up…I think we surprised everyone. I wasn’t that surprised at how she would go. I think everyone was surprised about it. I have to say out of all the years in my career that was one of my highlights.
“This past year has been just those two matches, the Last Knockout Standing and ladder matches I had with her were definitely highlights. For the girls to get that type of reaction, it’s very rare. To be a professional wrestler and get that type of crowd reaction is one of those moments you never want to see go by quickly, and you want to relish in that moment.”
Kim compared the magical moments she had with Terrell to those she experienced with Awesome Kong. The matches between those two put the TNA Knockouts division on the map and showed unbelievable physicality not seen in women’s wrestling stateside.
“That was a different kind of feud,” Kim said. “It was kind of a David versus Goliath type of thing. With Taryn, it was this girl who was a model looking girl that nobody expected this from. I’m just happy nobody had those expectations because we just knocked it out of the ball park that day…”