Women of the Year 2013: Gail Kim

Every hour until the clock strikes midnight (Eastern time) and we usher in 2014, Diva Dirt will highlight – in no particular order – the women who made an impact in 2013.

Gail Kim

It’s been over six years since Gail Kim became the first ever Knockouts Champion, and she continues to amaze fans on a regular basis. From the moment that the blades swing and her theme song hits over the PA system, you know you are in store for something special, and 2013 may have been one of Kim’s best years ever.

Gail started the year out strong by constantly being included in the Knockouts title hunt, competing in a strong Fatal Four-Way match for the Knockouts Championship on the February 21th episode of Impact and challenging Velvet Sky for the Knockouts Championship at Lockdown. Kim’s ongoing rivalry with referee Taryn Terrell would boil over at the event, leading to Terrell spearing Kim. The feud that had been building for months finally came to a head at Slammiversary in the second Last Knockout Standing Match. The match became an instant classic that earned praise from fans and critics alike, and has been regarded as one of the greatest wrestling matches of 2013. Kim didn’t walk away with the win but she did best Terrell in their number one contender’s ladder match the following match, another contest that received praise.

Kim would gain a new partner at Bound for Glory in the form of Lei’D Tapa. Tapa would help Gail gain her third Knockouts Championship, defeating Brooke and then-champion ODB. Kim would then go on start her own open challenge segment, inviting wrestlers from all over the globe to face her. This would lead to the return of her former BFF, Madison Rayne. While Madison is hot on her trail, Gail Kim has proven time and time again that she has the tools to beat anyone in the Knockouts Division, or any female wrestler worldwide.

Come back at the top of every hour to see who else has been crowned one of 2013′s “Women of the Year”.

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  • CrazyGirlAJ (#ChickBusters)

    Gail deserved it.She’s a great Female wrestler.Always putting Knockouts over.

  • kewlkatz

    People always complain that Gail squashes the division, but the truth is pretty much every girl on the roster has been put over by her. Starting with Tessmacher, then to Tara, Mickie, Velvet, pretty much kickstarting Taryn’s career, and then finally losing the 2/3 falls rubber match against ODB – Gail has put over so many girls over a little over two years. Madison Rayne and eventually Lei’D Tapa look to be continuing this trend in the future.

  • Mariah_Scarey

    Definetly a great year for THE original knockout

  • Raekon

    A awesome Person and Veteran. Charisma, character, technical skill, she has it all! :)
    Definately one of the best in the world.

  • Numero47

    All I can say is Hail Gail!

    I won’t say too much since I’ve already said what I needed to about Gail in the “Knockout of 2013″ post. Gail is the entire package and I only expect the best from her in 2014.

  • https://twitter.com/_EricHolt_ AKSANA WINS! AKSANA WINS!

    Well deserved indeed. Her epic feud with Taryn Terrell, the outstanding matches she competed in, her great performances in the ring, and her KOs title win this year are the reasons why Gail deserved this.

  • MrMexican99

    I am really surprised at how relevant Gail Kim has been since her return back in 2011. She has been relevant since, and in my opinion, (unless she requests time off) will be relevant until she leaves the company. Gail Kim has proven to us why PWI named her the #1 Women’s Wrestler. And I already know that 2014 is going to bring more to Gail Kim.

  • The Diva Of Greatness

    Congratulations Gail Kim.

  • Christopher Bello

    Gail is just ludicrously phenomenal. Like it’s disgusting how amazing this woman is. Best female wreslter, without a doubt. No one can work a match like Gail. She’s at the top of her game and deserves every bit of success she’s gotten. I just wish TNA was a bigger phenomenon so that Gail could in-turn be more widely recognized. Love this girl.