Creating magic like that in WWE is a little harder.
“They are two very different companies,” said Kim, 36, “I’ve worked for both companies twice now, and for everyone it’s a different experience.
“My first run with WWE with Trish, Victoria and Jazz and Ivory and Molly, they did give us a lot of time and had the storylines and cared about the work in the ring, and then it kind of faded away once the first diva search happened. That’s when I came to TNA. I had a small role. I was managing, and then we went on to create this great Knockouts division. We have a president, Dixie Carter, who is a female who’s always supported the girls and she’s always cared about us having the respect in the ring to be sexy but also athletic and show our talents in the ring.
“I think that’s the biggest difference, if you watch the two products. The Knockouts will have great matches consistently, and we’re more about athleticism in the ring, having that whole total package of being sexy and athletic and being able to put on these great matches.
“One of the biggest differences is this past year with Taryn I had a ladder match and a Last Knockout Standing match. You never say never, but what I’ve seen and what it’s been like the last couple of years, I don’t think you’ll see that in WWE. TNA Impact Wrestling is willing to bring it to the next level with the girls and have faith that we can put on a match that can entertain the fans just as much as the guys can.”
So Kim’s worked for Dixie Carter and Vince McMahon.
“With Dixie, I found it easier to approach her, to talk to her about anything that concerns me in the company. It could be in terms of my character or with the wrestling. Normally, we don’t have to go that far with Dixie because everyone is approachable such as our writers to talk about where we want our characters to be going, where the storyline is going.
“With Vince, it was a little bit more difficult to reach him. You’d have to set up a meeting or wait for him to talk to him, but the biggest difference, and you’ll see it our product [TNA] is the way that the women are represented. With our women [TNA] we’re more athletic and wrestling based. Right now the big thing is WWE is their reality television show [Total Divas], putting their divas in that certain light, where we’re giving that light to that podium to perform at our level in the ring.”
Kim met her husband, chef Robert Irvine, during WWE’s involvement on an episode of his Food Network show “Dinner: Impossible.” On Aug. 18, 2012, their wedding ceremony was documented on an episode of Irvine’s “Restaurant: Impossible.”
“Both of us are very supportive of each other in our careers. We both look to each other for advice,” Kim said. “I needed a strong man like Robert to match my strong personality. When I met him, I respected everything about him. He motivated me. His ambition level. He is incredible at what he does. I admire that. So of course I respect his opinion. For him, it goes the same way. He respects what I think.
“He has a protein bar that’s going to be launching soon. So packaging, being sponsored by a certain company or with a show, I’ll give my input. We’re both in television. We both travel a lot, but he does food, and I’m in pro wrestling. It couldn’t be two more different worlds, but we definitely respect each other’s opinion and look to each other for that.”