Today in History: Awesome Kong vs. Gail Kim in a No DQ Match at Final Resolution 2008


On this day in history:

January 6th, 2008 | Kicking off the year with a No DQ match for the Knockouts Title, champ Gail Kim took on a fierce challenger in Awesome Kong at Final Resolution 2008. The No DQ stipulation played to Kong’s advantage, and she spent much of the match tossing Gail around outside the ring. Once back in the ring, Gail managed to survive a chokeslam, kicking out of a close pin before surprising Kong with a roll-up pin, winning the match and retaining her title. As would be expected, Awesome Kong was not pleased with this, and it took an army of officials and Knockouts to get Gail backstage safely.

Also occurring today in history:
* 1/6/08 – Booker T and Sharmell defeated Bobby Roode and Traci Brooks at Final Resolution 2008.

What are your memories of this moment?

Team Diva Dirt
  • Robert Guerra

    IconicT, a real monster heel vs underdog face feud (Nia should really take notes), these two single handly put women’s wrestling, the knockout division AND TNA on the map, legends.

    • howie_ruhl

      It’s not even a fair comparison tbh. It’s not just her size that makes Kong monstrous; she appears well-trained. It’s not just Nia that needs to take notes; it’s the WWE in general. I highly doubt that Nia would be in her current position if she was anything other than the Rock’s whatever. Their nepotism shit needs to end. Not everyone can be Charlotte.

      • Robert Guerra

        I feel like if you’re a woman in the Performance Center and you have no experience in wrestling or haven’t wrestled on the indies you’ll not be trained to reach your full potential, it’s like the same system still going even with Sara Amano as their trainer you’ll be trained to ‘wrestle like a diva’

      • glassjaw

        Thing about Kong’s first run in TNA was that she was full of surprises – mobile as she was colossal, busting out somersault splashes and martial arts skills at random times.

  • Rose-Quartz

    Gail Kim went from having 5 star matches and having huge main events steel cage matches no disqualification matches and all this to going to wwe within that same year to jobbing to everyone in hopes of begin the first ever women to have held the knockouts championship the women’s champion and the divas championship.

  • GailKimStan

    My all time favourite match idgaf, still to this day i’m one of the few to say this feud was better than Trish and Lita’s.
    I think after Kong’s return tna fucked up what was supposed to be the “legacy” of their feud by making them face each other in various forgettable matches instead of making of all them feel a REALLY special occasion.

  • glassjaw

    I could wax lyrical on this match until the end of time. This was the moment Gail Kim verged poetry with her wrestling. Never had she seemed to truly heroic and defiant until she clashed with Kong, and the story of her fighting the odds with sheer heart remains a timeless one.

  • This was not only an AMAZING match, but the feud as well. These two brought women’s wrestling back to prominence after the Golden Era ended.

  • Vince Martin

    off topic but where do you think I can watch the first encounter of Gail vs Kong in TNA back in 2007? It’s the match where all the participants of the gauntlet were at ringside

    • Juan

      Probably Dailymotion. YouTube doesn’t have it.

      • Vince Martin

        it’s not in DM as well

    • Gail-Rollins

      I’ve never even seen it either. Can’t seem to find it anywhere

      • Vince Martin

        I barely remember it but it was good also

  • Geek God

    Idk why I’m only just now seeing this, this match was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I started watching TNA in 2010 when The Beautiful People were running things and Madison Rayne brutally attacked Velvet Sky backstage, that was the 1st episode i ever saw, thank goodness for social media cause now i can see all the things that happened before then like this feud

  • GEO

    This still remains my favorite match of all time!

  • Jo9834

    Gails first step towards legendary status.

    This is the original ‘Womens Revolution’ . One of my favourite matches of all time.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    https://youtu.be/iqLIfeTnBQ8

    Today in history Bertha Faye vs Jessica Rivera. During this match she showed that she was a threat for the women’s championship. I loved her character and how powerful she was.