|(Former WWE Women’s Champion; 1st Ever TNA Knockouts Champion) |
*Appearing courtesy of The I.P.A. Network
|Gail Kim is a Canadian professional wrestler of Korean descent. She is best known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). |
She began her career wrestling as La Felina on the Canadian independent circuit before joining WWE in 2002 as Gail Kim. In her WWE debut match, she won th WWE Women’s Championship. After being released by WWE in 2004, Kim joined TNA in September 2005. There, she joined the tag team “America’s Most Wanted” as their valet. After the dissolution of the group, Kim performed as a singles wrestler, eventually going on to become the inaugural TNA Women’s Knockout Champion in October 2007. She later left TNA in August 2008, to return to WWE in March 2009.
She made her return on the March 27th edition of Smackdown when she interrupted a WWE Divas Championship between Michelle McCool and Maryse by attacking both competitors. Kim made her in-ring return on the March 30 edition of Raw on the winning team of an 18-Diva tag team match. Kim participated in a 25-Diva Miss Wrestlemania battle royal on April 5, 2009 at WWE’s Wrestlemania XXV PPV. On the April 17 edition of SmackDown, Kim defeated then-Divas Champion Maryse.This earned her a championship match the following week, which she failed to win.
On the June 9th edition of RAW, Kim was traded to the RAW brand as part of a 15 wrestler tri-brand trade between RAW, Smackdown and ECW. A few weeks later on the August 10th edition of RAW, she gained another title shot by winning a Fatal 4-Way match, that also involved Beth Phoenix, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox to become number one contender. She was unsuccessful in winning the championship on the August 17th edition of RAW, when she faced then champion Mickie James. At the Bragging Rights Pay Per View on October 25th, Kim with Melina and Kelly Kelly represented RAW in a losing effort to McCool, Phoenix and Natalya representing Smackdown. Kim was on the winning side of a five-on five Survivor Series Elinination match on November 22 at the Survivor Pay Per View.
In early 2010, a tournament was held for the newly vacated Divas Championship Kim defeated Jillian Hall and Fox to make it to the finals, where she faced Maryse for the vacant title. The finals were held on the February 22 edition of Raw, which Maryse won to become the new champion. The finals were originally to be held on February 21 at the Elinination Chamber pay per view but the match was changed to the team of Maryse and Kim versus Team Lay-Cool (McCool and Layla), which was won by the latter. Kim was apart of the losing side of a 10-Diva tag team match at WWE’s Wrestlemania XXVI event on March 28. At the Fatal 4-Way pay per-view on June 20 Kim challenged for the Divas Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match that also involved then-champion Eve, Maryse, and Fox; however, Fox won the contest.
In early 2011, Gail Kim became the on-screen girlfriend of Daniel Bryan and began accompanying him to the ring. At that time Bryan was managed by The Bella Twins and after they discovered Daniel Bryan kissing his new girlfriend, Gail Kim backstage, they assaulted Gail Kim. On January 30 at the Royal Rumble, the Bella Twins once again assaulted Kim. On the following night on Raw, Gail was at ring side during Daniel Bryan’s match against Tyson Kidd. After the match, the Bellas entered the ring, Nikki slaped Bryan and Gail attacked her.
On the August 1, 2011 edition of Raw, Gail Kim participated in a Battle Royal to determine the number one contender for the Divas Championship, however, shortly after the match began, she was eliminated. On August 5, Gail Kim announced that she has left WWE.