When it comes to athletics, Gail Kim has everything down to a T. As a professional wrestling legend, the Toronto native pioneered women’s wrestling from the early 2000s onwards — cutting her teeth in the Canadian independent wrestling scene before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002.
In WWE, Kim is a former one-time Women’s Champion and helped elevate the women’s division to new heights alongside fellow contemporaries Molly Holly, Victoria, Lita, and Trish Stratus. After making strides in WWE for two years, Kim was released in 2004 and quickly found herself in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) the year after. In TNA, Kim managed the team of Chris Harris and James Storm — better known as America’s Most Wanted — and was the company’s inaugural TNA Women’s Knockout Champion before departing in 2008.
Kim briefly returned to WWE from 2008 to 2011, where she feuded with Maryse, Melina, and the Bella Twins. However, Kim found herself back in TNA by the end of 2011, where she spent the remainder of her career. During her second stint with TNA, Kim became a record-breaking seven-time Knockouts Champion and one-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion. Kim was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2016 before ultimately retiring from the ring in 2019. Today, she currently works as a producer for TNA — which became rechristened to Impact Wrestling in 2017.