• Kim’s favorite wrestling time of year is when TNA ventures to the United Kingdom, which is the homeland of Irvine, 48.
• Kim grew up in Toronto, watching WWF Saturday Night Main Event. Her favorite Tito Santana.
Trained by Ron Hutchinson, Rob Etcheverria and Fit Finlay, Kim’s influences were Molly Holly and Trish Stratus.
Kim’s first big break came courtesy of Jason Sensation and Molly Holly.
Kim studied kinesiology and nutrition in college.
• TNA Knockout Gail Kim is featured during TNA’s Knockouts Knockdown women’s wrestling pay-per-view available beginning Friday, Sept. 6.
TNA Wrestling is spotlighting the most athletic and beautiful women in professional wrestling. Mickie James, Gail Kim, Velvet Sky, Miss 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.
“I think it was a really good crop of girls,” Kim said. “It was a crazy day because it was match after match after match, and then we had the gauntlet. So I really didn’t get to watch all the matches, but it was a good group of talent. For example, Mia Yim I had worked with on the independents, and I worked one of her matches as the referee. It’s unbelievable the quality of talent out there, and I’m glad that they all got their chance to be seen on this one pay-per-view. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to be seen again on this professional level on TV.
“For example, Lei’D Tapa, she is one girl who was in Gut Check. From the moment that I laid eyes on her,. I knew she had some kind of great presence. She obviously needs a little more experience which she’s getting [at TNA’s developmental] OVW [in Louisville]. She is the one person to look out for in the future. She reminds me of [Awesome] Kong in some ways. She’s someone I’m looking forward to working with in the future.
“Serena Deeb has always been one of my favorites. She’s always been a great worker in the ring, a great personality outside the ring, a great human being. She’s currently working in Japan. Hopefully, she’ll get a shot working in TNA one day.
“Santana Garrett, I had never heard of her, and I thought, ‘Wow, 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. Some of the girls just need a little bit more experience.”
The winner of each individual match will advance on to one final match of the evening, a gauntlet match where the last two women standing will battle to see who is truly “The Queen of the Knockouts.”
• TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as, the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.
The roster features wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Sting, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, AJ Styles, the lovely and lethal Knockouts and many more through its highly successful TNA Impact Wrestling weekly broadcasts (9 p.m. EST Thursdays) on Spike TV. In addition, TNA produces PPV events and more than 100 live shows a year.
The product is broadcast in more than 120 countries. For information, visit www.impactwrestling.com.