Gail Kim Becomes Knockouts Champion In Impact Retirement Match

Gail Kim retires from Impact Wrestling as a seven-time Knockouts Champion.

The 40-year old Canadian defeated Sienna and Allie at Impact Bound For Glory 2017 to capture the championship. It was followed by an emotional moment that was abruptly cut to a backstage clip. Gail Kim will address the retirement and match on an upcoming episode of Impact. 

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Allie hits a series of running moves in the corner to Gain before Sienna sends her out of the ring, then Sienna plays to the crowd while beating on Gail. Gail counters a powerbomb for a near fall before Sienna sends Allie off of the top turnbuckle and powerbombs Gail onto her for a near fall. Sienna counters Eat Defeat before Allie hits a Code Breaker, then Gail hits Eat Defeat for a near fall before Sienna dumps Allie out of the ring and Gail hits a move off of the top for the pin and the win.

Winner: Gail Kim pins Sienna to become the new IMPACT Knockouts Champion

Kim had two stints in WWE, the first one beginning with her winning her first ever televised match to capture the vacated WWE Women's Title on June 30, 2003. She held the belt for 28 days and would never hold it again. Following her release from WWE, she signed with TNA and stayed there from 2005 until 2008, spending time as a valet and manager for the tag team America's Most Wanted, then getting into singles competition, becoming the first ever TNA Knockouts Champion at Bound for Glory 2007.

She left TNA and went back to WWE from 2008 to 2011, appearing as Daniel Bryan's on-screen girlfriend for a time and feuding with the Bella Twins. But overall, she was unhappy with the creative direction for the women in the company, and her time in WWE came to a rather ignominious end when she voluntarily eliminated herself from a Women's Battle Royal as an act of protest. She was released from the company soon after and said later in an interview that she would never work for WWE again.

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