This is a semi-regular column focused on introducing the lesser known or not as well known stars of professional wrestling to the people of the Cedar Rapids corridor.
Gail Kim is an interesting example of a modern wrestler perhaps as famous for what she didn’t do as what she did.
The Toronto, Ontario native first debuted on WWE television with a Matrix inspired gimmick. She won the Women’s championship in a battle royal that night. Her reign would prove short as she was given little time on television. She would drop the title less than a month later to Molly Holly. After a tag team pay-per-view appearance, her appeanaces became more sporadic, until she was fired in 2004 just days before her entrance music was featured on the WWE Themeaddict album.
Nearly a year later, she made her TNA wrestling debut. After over a year aligned with Jeff Jarrett, James Storm and Chris Harris, she would break away on her own. After a feud with Jackie Moore, she would win a 10 woman gauntlet match to become the first TNA Knockouts champ. She held on to the title for several months and through several brutal contests with Awesome Kong (now WWE’s Kharma), who would in turn beat her for the title.
She worked many midcard feuds in the Knockouts division after that and even worked her way back to a main event position as her contract expired. With more money on the table, she returned to WWE where things get interesting.
She returned in March 2008 to WWE and quickly attacked the top competitors there. After one failed title chance, her star quickly faded upon her return. Gail started to work only the occasional multi-girl match or on throwaway contests on WWE Superstars.
It wasn’t until early 2011 before she actually received a television storyline. Even then it wouldn’t bring her any in ring action, as she was simply put in the role of Daniel Bryan’s onscreen girlfriend. The storyline disappeared after only a few short weeks.
Things came to a head for her career on August 1, 2011, when she participated in a Divas Battle Royal. Gail immediately rolled out to eliminate herself, walked to the back and quit a promotion that refused to utilize her in any way for the better part of three years.
She debuted back in Impact Wrestling with an immediate impact. In four short weeks with the company she took both the Knockout tag titles and the Knockout championship for her own. Now a full-fledged heel, she has became the focal point for an entire division again.
In only a matter of weeks, she went from nobody at one company to the top female star of the other.
Eastern Iowa fans can continue to watch Gail Kim weekly on Impact Wrestling, Thursday nights on Spike.