On this week’s episode of GFW Impact Wrestling, Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim announced that she would officially be retiring from in-ring competition by the end of the year 2017.

Gail has taken to Instagram to comment on her upcoming retirement writing the following:

“I’ve had 17 AMAZING years in pro wrestling and unfortunately it’s something that can’t last forever. I’m grateful for all the ups and downs because it made me who I am today. All I ever wanted was to be the best ‘wrestler’ And the business has given me so much more. More gifts than I ever could hope for. I always said that I would retire when I couldn’t give all of me ALL of the time. That day and decision has come with some difficulty and peace at the same time but for the remainder of 2017, you better believe you will get ALL of me! I intend to #MakeMyMark and #GoOutOnTop !!!! Thanks for all the support and love after last night’s announcement. It isn’t over yet!”

I've had 17 AMAZING years in pro wrestling and unfortunately it's something that can't last forever. I'm grateful for all the ups and downs because it made me who I am today. All I ever wanted was to be the best "wrestler" And the business has given me so much more. More gifts than I ever could hope for. I always said that I would retire when I couldn't give all of me ALL of the time. That day and decision has come with some difficulty and peace at the same time but for the remainder of 2017, you better believe you will get ALL of me! I intend to #MakeMyMark and #GoOutOnTop !!!! Thanks for all the support and love after last night's announcement. It isn't over yet! 🔥🌟👍🏼💪🏼 #impactonpop #impactwrestling #tnaknockouts #champion #roadtoretirement #womenswrestling

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Gail initially debuted for the WWE in 2003, capturing the Women’s Title in her debut match, before being released in 2004. She returned to the company in 2009 and remained with them before unofficially parting ways in 2011.

During her time with Impact Wrestling and launch of their Knockouts division, Gail became the inaugural Knockouts Champion, a title she would win on six separate occasions. She has topped PWI’s Female 50 in the year 2012 and has played a keystone to some of Impact’s most notable Knockouts feuds and matches that include Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell, The Beautiful People, Brooke Adams and Maria Kanellis.

Outside the ring, Gail has also served as a mentor and judge during the second season of British Boot Camp. In 2016, Gail became the first woman to be inducted to the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame.

What are your thoughts on Gail’s retirement? What been some of your favorite moments in her career? Who would you think to see her final match against? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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  • Danny?

    I am so upset she’s leaving!! Gail is the best women’s wrestler of our generation without a doubt, in my opinion at least.

    I still wish she had one more WWE run left where she would be used properly, to see the matches she could put on with the likes of Sasha, Naomi, Becky, Charlotte, Bayley, Emma, Natalya, Mickie(again), Asuka & the Iconic Duo would be incredible. Hell to see the type of matches she could put on with any girl on the WWE/NXT roster would be fantastic!! This isn’t going to happen but there are quite a few dream match-ups there and it’s such a shame that we will most probably never see them.

  • GameChanger #HBIC#GoldenGodess

    She may be retiring from the ring but, i definitely think she should become a trainer or agent behind the scenes in impact

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Aw

  • Jamal

    It will be sad to see her leave but she at least gets to leave the business on her own terms. And she’s accomplished things that others can only dream of.

  • Degenerous Boss

    Nooooo :( you have to have one last run in WWE 1st then retire

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      With the way they are treating Mickie, she’d be treated just as badly as her second run.

      • Joseph

        Why cause she isn’t the champ???

        • Dylan Gutierrez

          No, because she’d be used as enhancement talent. Did you not see how little they gave her when she returned? WWE hinted at a push but she was always on the losing end to the point she quit.

          This isn’t a Charlotte/Sasha/Horsewoman/Alexa argument that seems to be the rage in the comment sections. It’s obvious WWE is petty to stick it to people who make it big outside of WWE or bring them in just to cash in on their popularity.

      • Degenerous Boss

        This is very true sadly

  • Don ?

    Gail Kim is one of the WWE Divas I didn’t appreciate until she was gone. I wish her nothing but the best. I always loved seeing the Christo. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/525e77826f7b2392dd692799f976e0c633b932af687cd684849c65aab4c658bb.gif

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  • George
    • Because of the way WWE was booking her. Do I really have to explain this to you?

      • George

        Did i ask? I know wwe booking is trash, the fact that they fucked up such a talented woman is incredible

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      WWE’s petty way of burying her after she made it outside of their grasp.

      • Aye Mate

        Pretty much. Kept her under contract (for a handsome sum of money) to prevent her from continuing to redefine the landscape of women’s wrestling in TNA.

    • Aye Mate

      Gail’s story in WWE is one of many times brain dead fossils sabotaged talented women because of archaic misogyny. It’s quite sad!

    • Supposedly it was a middle finger to the then superior Knockouts Division by taking their top star and showing them that “Divas” were better.

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  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    I still want to see Gail Kim vs Natalya before she retires.

  • Aye Mate

    Gail Kim will be remembered as one of mainstream women’s wrestling true luminaries thanks to her intelligent and often fearless performances in the ring. She personifies the best part of TNA’s output of women’s wrestling and, culturally, has provided us with a body of iconic work. I’m truly, truly sad to see her hang up her wrestling boots but am extremely proud to call myself a fan of both her and the tremendous legacy she leaves behind. My memory of Gail Kim in years to come will be that moment she cracked Awesome Kong over the head with a chair during their epic FCA encounter at Final Resolution in 2008: a poetic vista that summed up her professional defiance, that women’s wrestling could be just as unapologetically passionate as the boy’s club. Thank. You. Gail Kim!

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  • Sad news but it’s about time to other girls to held the title and pass the torch as the legend she will ever be.

  • PhiPhiBanks

    Hopefully Gail will get the send off she deserves. A true pioneer in women’s wrestling in North America. Regardless of my opinion of TNA/GFW I can atleast respect the impact (pun intended) Gail had whilst there.

  • Wow oh wow retirement ugh :( My girl.

  • Jo9834

    The greatest in ring female performer of our time. Her matches will be missed however if she is leaving on her terms, I can accept and appreciate that.