Gail Kim is a talented artist. Unlike Picasso’s, her canvas is 18x18 with steel, wood, foam and mat.
Kim is a pro wrestler, one of today’s best, and her base is TNA Impact Wrestling, contracted as a TNA Knockout.
The artistry she creates is in the squared circle against many shapes and styles -- big, small, fast, strong, technical.
It’s because of women wrestlers like Kim that women as wrestlers can be believable, comparable to their male counterparts.
Physicality plays a major role in the believability, and Kim enjoys getting physical.
A punch, a kick, a forearm, a toss into the ropes, a throw into the turnbuckle are important elements of making the match look good. How a wrestler receives the offense is just as important as bringing it. Fans can see if the punch, kick or forearm looks strong or weak or how professional a wrestler runs the ropes, takes the onslaught and hits the turnbuckle.
The 5-5, 130-pound beauty has been hitting the turnbuckle for a while. She’s wrestled two stints in WWE (2002-04 and 2008-11) and TNA (2005-08 and 2011-present).
“I’ve been very fortunate to be in this business for as long as I have been, and I’ve been very fortunate to be part of three very strong eras of women’s wrestling. The WWE era with Trish [Stratus], Victoria, Jazz, Molly Holly was a great experience. It was what I always dreamed of, but looking back now I was very green and inexperienced. So for me it was a great learning experience, and it was an honor to be a part of that.
“With the current TNA Knockouts the biggest complaint I’ve heard is we’re losing girls, and we have very few girls, but good things come to those who wait. I always tell everyone to be patient. Things don’t happen overnight. You never want to sacrifice the quality of the show, and we want quality girls in our division, and that is going to happen.
“The other great era I was a part of was when the Knockouts division was actually born. That came about a year and a half after I came to TNA. We had no women’s division when I initially came there the first time. I begged and begged, after a year of managing. I couldn’t stand to watch the guys doing what I loved. I liked managing, but my talents were in the ring.
“So when TNA decided to create a women’s division and bring in 10 girls all at once, it was crazy. We didn’t realize there would be huge success virtually overnight. That was actually my favorite time in my career. It was very magical that they could bring in 10 girls and make it work virtually overnight. It was some great wrestling, and we had such different personalities and characters. Everyone just brought something different to the table, different looks, different styles. It was great.
“Wrestling goes through its ups and downs through the years, and right now I feel like we don’t have a lot of women on our [TNA] roster, but I think we’re still bringing quality wrestling to the table, and we’re going to get better, if everyone is just patient.”
Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked her No.1 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2012. She’s worn the TNA Knockouts title twice, WWE women’s title once and TNA Knockouts tag titles once (with Madison Rayne). She was TNA Knockout of the Year in 2007 and Queen of TNA in 2013.