She feels the knockouts put on great matches regularly and are more about athletics in the ring. For Kim, this is what separates the knockouts from the competition.
“One of the biggest differences is this year with Taryn I had a ladder match, last knockouts standing match,” Kim said. “From what I’ve seen and what it has been like the last couple of years, I don’t think you will see that in WWE where TNA Impact Wrestling is willing to bring it to the next level with the girls and have faith that we can have a match that can entertain the fans just as the guys can. I would say that is the big difference between the two divisions.”
Kim looks forward to the future, the evolution of the knockouts and the potential incoming female talent coming through the doors of TNA. Many new faces and some familiar ones are a part of “Knockouts Knockdown.”
“Most of them I knew,” Kim said. “I think the only person I’ve never heard of was Santana Garrett. I wasn’t up-to-date with all the independent workers that were out there. Most of the people I’ve worked like Ivelisse was one who came through developmental at WWE that I’ve never got to work with, but heard about on the independents. There is also Serena [Deeb] who came from there. Some ex-TNA talent that has worked with the company before that I ever worked against like Trinity and Sojourner Bolt and up-and-coming talent like Taeler Hendrix and Mia Yim and Ivelisse.
“I think it was a good crop of girls that were coming through. It was kind of a crazy day because it was just match after match after match and the gauntlet. So I wasn’t able to watch all the matches because it was such an insane day, but I just know it was a good group of talent.
“For example, Mia Yim, who I had worked on the independents and worked as a referee for one of her matches, I got to see her work. It’s unbelievable the quality of talent that is out there. I’m glad they got their chance to be seen on this one pay-per-view. Hopefully, they will get another opportunity to be seen again on this level and professional level on TV.”
One who has Kim’s attention is Lei’D Tapa, who was successful in TNA’s Gut Check.
“She is in our developmental system at Ohio Valley Wrestling, and I think the moment I laid eyes on her I knew she had a great presence,” Kim said. “She obviously needs a little more experience, and that is what she is getting at OVW, but she is the one person to look out for in the future. She reminded me of Kong is some ways by just the presence that she had. She is the one person I’m looking forward to working with in the future. Serena Deeb has always been one of my favorites. She has always been a great worker in the ring and a great personality outside the ring and a great human being.
“She is currently working in Japan, so hopefully she will get a shot in our company one day. Santana Garrett, who I mentioned I’ve never heard of, but this girl has a great look. I wonder what she has to bring in the ring. Brooke Tessmacher told me that she was great to work with, and I just think some of the girls just need a little more experience, so hopefully one day we will be able to see them in Impact Wrestling at the TV level.”
• See Gail Kim during TNA Wrestling’s “Knockouts Knockdown” on pay-per-view starting Friday, Sept. 6. The all-female show also features Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Ms. Tessmacher, ODB, Taryn Terrell, Tara, Taeler Hendrix, Santana Garrett, Alissa Flash, Ivelisse, Lei’D Tapa, Jackie Moore, Hannah Blossom, Sojo Bolt, Trinity, Jillian Hall, Mia Yim and Serena Deeb.
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