Women's wrestling has come a long way since the early 2000s, where Women's matches were more of a special attraction built around sexuality.
Gail Kim is a name that has always prided herself on what she was able to do athletically in a ring even when the industry was so headstrong about women being mostly sexualized.
Recently on Twitter, Gail Kim opened up about how Bra and Panties Matches and other attraction matches of that same elk were very traumatizing for her.
Never looked at it that way. I just have to say out loud that this along with some other gimmick matches similar in nature were some of the most traumatic moments of my life that I have to live with, feeling like I never had a choice. https://t.co/ZYpIsbw95S— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) June 26, 2020
Abuse of power is correct. Then I was told even though I won (which means i get to stay decent), I had to strip to please the audience. Now I have to live with these memories and pictures. I have to live with shame. Not them. https://t.co/g3zqJXiKh7— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) June 26, 2020
Yes. Please say no to things you don’t feel comfortable with. You ARE an independent contractor. https://t.co/MFU05VTFz0— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) June 26, 2020
Only experienced in the main big company. https://t.co/EU3zWAu1F1— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) June 26, 2020
Lance Storm would chime in, reminding Gail of another one of these infamous matches. Gail Kim was not amused at this memory.
Don’t bring up memories. I’m gonna punch someone. Lol. https://t.co/x48kIer39L— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) June 26, 2020
The triggering point for all of this was a remark made by Alexa Bliss where she stated she could never do those kinds of matches but respects the women who were able to perform under the circumstances. You can read Alexa's full quote at this link.