TNA Hall of Famer Gail Kim recently spoke with Sportskeeda to discuss the Knockouts influence on the Women’s Revolution, on wanting to see Awesome Kong become the next Knockout inducted to Impact Wrestling’s Hall of Fame and her take on Rosemary’s character. Highlights of the interview below.

On the Knockouts division not getting enough credit for the ‘Women’s Revolution’: “I’ve spoken about this before and everyone has their opinions. There were so many points when women’s wrestling was strong. When I started with WWE, they had a strong women’s division. But what I was referring to was ‘The Impact Knockouts Revolution’. At the time when we did it, there was no women’s wrestling on television that was at the forefront. It was literally like women’s wrestling was dead for a while, and it was very frustrating for me because I always loved the sport of wrestling. I did the manager thing for over a year. At first, I was just patient and happy to be back in the company where I felt passion again, but after a while, it felt like I was wasting my time and I didn’t want to waste my talent because of what happened to me previously. I felt like time was ticking. So, Impact gave us that opportunity and has pretty much never stopped. So, I sometimes feel like they don’t get the credit they deserve because they started this women’s wrestling movement and it’s never stopped. We’ve gone through ups and down and of course, rebuilding stages, but it’s never stopped and they’ve always believed in the women. That’s why I’ve always felt very loyal to this company. Because they gave us a chance and even if we disappointed at times because we are not perfect, they just kept rolling with it. So, if we have contributed to the whole big picture of women’s wrestling today then I’m very happy.”

On which Knockout should be inducted to Impact Wrestling’s Hall of Fame: “Well, the first thought that comes to my mind obviously is Awesome Kong. I have nothing but the deepest respect for her. We just had unbelievable chemistry, unbelievable deep respect for one another to this day. She was my partner throughout. Fans will come up to me. Sometimes I think back and am like, wow, that was ten years ago. For the fact that fans still love it and remember it, that’s what’s special to both of us.“

On Rosemary’s character and TriplaMania XXV controversy: “Rosemary, I love her. Number one, I think she’s just well rounded in every way. She’s polished in her character, her promo work, her in-ring work. She’s just very good. I love that she’s different. With regard to what happened with her and Sexy Star, whether it’s her…it could be anyone, a male wrestler or a female wrestler, that’s just something you don’t do. A well known unwritten law. You need to take care of your partner in the ring and trust one another because we literally put our lives in each other’s hands. You know, you have to be trained, and you have to be smart and you have to be careful. I hope that Sexy Star learns her lesson. I don’t know what’s going on with her right now but I lost a lot of respect for her.”

Gail also discusses the Jim Cornette and Santino stand-off controversy.

You can read the full interview here.

What are your thoughts on the interview? Would you you like to see another Knockout inducted into Impact’s Hall of Fame? Do you think the Knockouts get enough credit for the ‘Women’s Revolution’? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • DayOneISH!

    I definitely do agree the Knockouts don’t get enough credit for this “women’s revolution”.You can say what you want about TNA but they were giving you all what you wanted for over a decade.

    NOTHING was limited for the women they did it all and such a short amout a time.They were in steel cage matches,first blood,falls count anywhere matches,ladder matches,table matches,etc the list goes on and on.They had tv specials several times they even had a Knockouts Tag Team women’s divison for a short time.And the Knockouts always got the highest rated segments of the night.

    Yes the Women’s Divison in WWE is somewhat better now but they still got a LONG way to go to catch up with what the women of TNA was doing.

    • Corey Anderson

      SO TRUE!!!! The knockouts never get as much credit as they should in addition to ever thing you said they toke divas from the wwe a gave them a chance brooke, taryn, Victoria, christy, all had better careers in tna Victoria was a jobber to the “stars” and tna gave her the opportunity to prove she still has it and gail kim is the trish stratus of tna but the wwe never gave her a chance

      • DayOneISH!

        At one point people were literally jumping ships just to go to TNA.I even remember TNA chants at WWE shows several times!

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    • LBOneOfKind

      Preach, so true

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Gail Kim vs Awesome Kong will forever be one of the most iconic feuds not only in women’s wrestling but wrestling period. There will never be another story like it.

  • Cabbyhighs

    TNA definitely was ahead of the curve with women’s wrestling!! My personal favorite match back then was Roxxi vs Gail in TNAs first women’s ladder match… it was an amazing division until… Gail left! And then the beautiful ppl era began?!

    You had talented girls like Hamada, Sarah stock, Taylor Wilde, Alissa flash aka Cheerleader Melissa and DAFFNEY for crying out loud being jobbed out to Madison rayne and velvet sky! That’s when the down periods were horrible,down right terrible!

    Even tho they had a fuckin bad ass core group of girls, TNA didn’t know how to manage their stars and when you let girls like Roxxi who gets busted open the hard way,(check out her bimbo brawl match with kong) and you don’t put the title on her not once that says a lot about the dumb shit TNA was doing at the time! But other than my little craziness? I lived for the knockouts every Thursday! You knew above all, the work rate was going to be lit asf, and it was also a nice alternative from the divas!

  • Kvngbalor

    Also the golden era doesn’t get enough credit the matches Lita Trish Jazz Molly & Victoria had back then were awesome

  • Aye Mate

    Gail Kim, a pioneer of TNA’s early wave of popular women’s wrestling, and more than a resilient woman who never gave up on her passion to be recognised as a talented wrestler. I’m going to miss watching her a lot.

  • LBOneOfKind

    I think for knockouts there are alot candidates for Hall of Fame – Kong, Beautiful People, Roxxi, Hamada, Taylor Wilde, Raisha Saeed, Taryn Terrell, Traci Brooks, Tara, Brooke, Mickie James, etc….