Today in History: Gail Kim vs. Mickie James in TNA’s Last Match of 2011

On this day in history:

December 29th, 2011 | Bestowed with the honor of competing in TNA’s final match of the year, Mickie James challenged Knockouts Champion Gail Kim to her title in the Impact main event. The two put on a match worthy of the main event, but the ending was hardly clean. A woman with a painted face (Madison Rayne) attacked Mickie, laying her out for an easy pin by Gail. The Knockouts Champion left 2011 with the belt still firmly around her waist.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 12/29/12.

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  • BorisG

    This match was great, want Knockouts again to shine in main event.

  • jen07201

    This was the second year in a row that Mickie main evented an impact. I remember people thought at the time that it was Melina that had helped Gail win.

    • BorisG

      Same everyone was like that has to be Melina lol.

  • C.Welch

    this is definitely one of my favorite knockouts matches of all time

  • I love Melina

    This is an amazing match. Definitely one of my favourite knockouts matches
    ever. And definitely deserving of the main event spot. It felt special.The
    match had so many good spots. Like Mickie’s neckbreaker on the outside, and
    Mickie’s sick thezs press onto the outside!!!!!!!!! Great physicality and
    chemistry from these ladies. Gail’s moveset is just so unique and interesting. Loved
    the missile dropkick, and that spear think into the corner. Mickie was great as
    well when she picked up momentum towards the end. I also though the match told
    a great story. Because it was a hard fought back and forth match, with mickie coming
    up short with gail getting assistance from madison AGAIN.

    So nice to see the knockouts highlighted with a main event spot. The division was
    in such a good place around the time that Karen Jarrett was the VP of the
    knockouts. Like there were always good feuds with plenty of matches and
    segments. Hopefully the division can now return to how good it was back then.
    Things are looking good after an episode full of knockouts last week!!!! Its
    also funny how this match highlights the friendship & alliance between
    FORMER BFFS madison and gail. Their storyline has massive potential because its


    And some say Gail wouldn’t survive on the indies because she’s a mainstream wretler… just look at the match she put here (and many others). She’s great, and so is Mickie, and they’re very capable of surviving outside the TV. And just for curiosity, on screen time, this match was 10min long, now add the almost 4min for the commercials, and we get a 14min long match, which is almost the same basic time for an indie one, which is amazing.

    • BorisG

      Gail is the best female wrestler in USA.

    • BillyGP

      Why wont Gail do indy matches then?

      • kewlkatz

        Because she’s with TNA at the moment and they won’t let her? Do you remember when she was going to face Hailey Hatred at some indie event but TNA wouldn’t let her?

        Stop trying to blame everything on Gail.

        • BillyGP

          They let others work indy matches.

          • kewlkatz

            That still doesn’t make it Gail’s fault.

          • BillyGP

            If you say so.

  • Gail-Ziggler

    YESSSSS <3
    I'm still holding out that ounce of hope that we will see a Gailina feud.
    (I was hoping that's where the open challenge was going)

  • kewlkatz

    Great match, but did Gail ever pin Mickie clean even once?

  • James the supreme witch

    I loved this match sooo much a KO main event was so amazing. Loved the ending with Madison, ahah remember when everyone was like OH MY GOD ITS MELINA !! and all the smart people where just like… why would Melina use madisons finisher and plus you even saw madison ah


    gail kim is one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time, its a shame wwe dropped the ball on her TWICE.

    • Thurman powers


  • nismos69

    We need another knockout and diva main event match!

    • Tomee

      Diva main event? HAHA LOOOL

  • Kush Dillion

    Both of them are overrated. Next!!!!

    • kewlkatz

      ‘Kush Smoking Lay Royalty’


  • Thurman powers

    I hated how they booked Gail to be inferior to Mickie, she never even pinned her cleanly. When in reality Gail is twice the wrestler Mickie has ever been. I may get some hate for this but I think Mickie is overrated.

    • BillyGP

      Sorry Gail is not twice the wrestler Mickie is. And Gail not pinning Mickie cleanly is Gail being a heel. Cheat to win.

      • Thurman powers

        I think she is. I never got the hype behind Mickie in ring.

        • BillyGP

          Good and i dont get the hype about Gail being the best.

          • Thurman powers

            Well at least she hits her finisher correctly….

          • BillyGP

            No one is perfect.

    • kewlkatz

      ^This. For some reason Gail has been booked really weakly throughout her heel run, and only defended her title cleanly twice during her 2011-2012 run with it. This to me makes no sense because what’s the point of pretending she’s a respected and dangerous competitor when she has to cheat to win against the likes of Velvet and Brooke? To me, a dirty pin for a heel once in a while against someone well-regarded like Mickie is okay, but the fact that Gail NEVER pinned her cleanly is ridiculous.

      Also, I agree that Gail is a far better in-ring worker than Mickie. Mickie looks good against opponents the calibre of someone like Gail or Tara, but she isn’t competent at carrying weaker workers. She can also be quite sloppy at times, and that’s why she has had a multitude of injuries. Gail however can carry weaker workers to amazing levels, a prime example being her work with Taryn this past year, and also with Brooke last year. She even pulled off what was Kelly Kelly’s best match ever back in 2009 on Superstars.

      • Thurman powers

        I agree with every word. And you nailed it about Mickie she looks good with women like Tara,Gail but against green opponents she can’t carry them. And the matches always turn out sloppy.

        On top of the fact she never actually helps her opponents through her DDT finisher she just expects them to carry her through the entire move. She also has a habit of spiking their heads into the mat (Alicia fox HIAC 2009).

        • kewlkatz

          Yeah, that DDT a lot of the time only looks good against girls strong enough to pretty much dead-lift her like Beth and Tara. Gail managed to make it look good once as well.

          That DDT on Alicia was brutal though, Mickie drove the top of her head straight into the mat. I was relieved to find out that Alicia didn’t in fact snap her neck at that move.

  • BillyGP

    Gail is good but not the best female in wrestling.