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Wrestling: Gail Kim

Gail Kim (born on February 20, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a female Canadian professional wrestler of Korean descent, known for her high-flying innovative moves. She first had a two-year run in WWE where she won the WWE Women's Championship on her very first night on Raw. She was abruptly released with many others in late 2004 and spent a year honing her craft in Mexico and South Korea.

She signed with TNA in 2005 to help build up their fledgling women's division. Kim received rave reviews for her in-ring work which paid off in 2007 where she was crowned the first ever TNA Knockouts Champion. A feud with Awesome Kong followed, which was highly praised by critics and helped draw a huge amount of ratings for TNA. She left the company in 2008 over a pay dispute and resigned with WWE for the next three years. She then re-debuted in TNA, regaining the Knockouts Championship and becoming one of their top female talents.

Is married to Chef Robert Irvine (since May 10, 2012) of Dinner Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, whom she met while doing an episode of Dinner Impossible as a WWE Diva.

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  • Aborted Arc: There was never any real resolution to her mini-feud with the Bella twins. It got transitioned into a Divas' Championship feud with Gail in Eve Torres's corner but Gail never really had much of a part in it.
    • Justified in the case of her storyline with Jackie Gayda in TNA because Gayda had to leave because she got pregnant.
    • Interestingly enough, both times she left WWE and TNA she had just begun a possible new storyline. In WWE in 2004 she had done a run-out attack segment on the Raw before she was released. And in TNA she had just begun an angle with her kayfabe sister.
  • Actor Allusion: The WWE announcers sneakily billed her as a 2-time Women's Champion during her second run. They just didn't elaborate that the second title was in another company. One of the closest WWE has ever come to acknowledging TNA on screen.
  • Arch-Enemy: Back in Glory it was "Anyone who steps with me inside that ring!"
    • Awesome Kong was built up as this in TNA.
    • Maryse for a bit in WWE.
  • Ascended Extra: Was initially a valet in TNA, but later helped build up their women's division.
  • Badass Longcoat: Early in her career.
  • Bare Your Midriff: though her ring attires trend toward simplistic more often than not anyway, her WWE entrance attire frequently displayed it as well
  • Battle Couple: Both with Evan Bourne and Daniel Bryan.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Granted, "smart, sexy, powerful" was a tagline for all the WWE divas for a time and many of her heel opponents such as Molly Holly and Angelina Love have argued against the "smart" part.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While La Felina was hardly "nice", Gail seemed straight laced enough in her WWE debut but then laid out Trish Stratus for making a mistake in a tag match that caused them to lose.
  • Bilingual Backfire: During their feud, Maryse started trash talking in French while pretending to be friendly. Gail then dropped a bombshell that she was a fluent French speaker and hadn't been fooled at all.
  • Catfight: With the Bella Twins.
  • Cool Shades: During her first gimmick.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's actually played one in the movie Royal Kill.
  • Demoted to Extra: Both her WWE runs. The first time she was Women's Champion for five weeks, then turned heel and paired with the woman who took the title from her. The second time, around early 2010 it became fairly obvious that WWE wasn't going to do anything with her.
  • Dragon Lady: Considering how many other ethnic stereotypes Professional Wrestling has chewed up and spit out (Sassy Black Woman with Jacqueline, French Jerk with Maryse, Spicy Latina with... anyone applicable), the fact that she wasn't turned into a Dragon Lady is a notable aversion. They did veer close with her first WWE run, when they played up the "mysterious" and "dangerous" parts of the trope. However, since she debuted during the popularity of The Matrix, the "Asian" part was ignored in favor of giving her sunglasses and a Badass Longcoat and turning her into a kind of Cyberpunk Dragon Lady. Her intro sums it up.note 
  • Epic Fail: She once was meant to throw glitter over Vickie Guerrero. Instead she missed and ended up hitting Vickie with the bucket instead.
  • Finishing Move: Among the more notable is the Necktie Breaker, which is like the Regal Cutter with two arms, which she used in TNA. Eat Defeat, an innovative jawbreaker done with the foot which she first did in her second WWE run. Sometimes the Flying Dragon/Christo, a headscissors into an arm barnote . She formerly also had the air raid crash, known as the Celtic Cross of Finley or more recently White Noise of Sheamus.
  • Fragile Speedster: More so as a heel during her AWF and Canadian indy runs where the likes of Traci Brooks just had to grit their teeth and bide their time for a good shot and she'd be out. Otherwise Gail can be a pretty absorbent damage sponge.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She does often like to wrestle with her hair like this and makes the style badass. She even won the Knockouts title with her hair in pigtails.
  • I Have the High Ground: Holy hell and how.
  • It's All About Me: Her return storyline in TNA. It was taken to an absurd degree in the match where Velvet Sky won her second Knockouts title. It was a Fatal-4-Way Elimination match (meaning it doesn't matter who gets the pins). And Gail kept breaking up pins, insisting that she be the one to eliminate people.
  • Kayfabe: Is a big believer in preserving it, to the point where she was proud that various TNA superstars kept approaching her and asking if she and Jackie Moore really hated each other. Ditto for Awesome Kong. She said she was annoyed when Melina admitted on Twitter that the "horrible friend" thing was just a storyline.
  • Lovely Angels: With both Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly in WWE.
  • Masked Luchador: As La Felina, Traci Brooks unmasked her.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: She thinks she is a natural heel. She is also very nice at autograph signings.
  • Money, Dear Boy: She's said that's really the only reason she returned to WWE. To elaborate, TNA is the company that made her a star. She was one of the pioneers of their women's division, was their first Knockouts Champion, and her feud with Awesome Kong was one of the highest-rated segments in TNA at the time (including main-eventing Impact, unheard of for a women's match). However, when it was time to renew her contract, sources claim that the deal offered to her was pathetic and a little sexist (she, and a few other wrestlers, male and female, were given such low-ball offers, that, when you factor in expenses, it would have actually cost her money to work for them.) Gail had already had one disappointing run in WWE, and had no reason to assume that the second time would be any better, but reportedly her WWE contract was three times that of her one in TNA. She then returned to TNA, because money was no longer an issue.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Yes, she is a lot more than just this, but, it's insulting to leave it out. She was actually rarely used as this in WWE and has commented on it, saying it was likely because she gave off the impression that she was sexy in her own way.
    • Did a series of photo shoots for an Asian cell phone company...topless.
  • Noodle Incident: We never did find out why she was supposedly "a horrible friend" to Melina.
    • People have suggested it involves Skittles.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has wrestled with hair down past her back
  • Retcon: She was retconned into being Daniel Bryan's girlfriend of six months after the network felt the Bellas betting to see who could be his "first" (apparently confusing "vegan" with "virgin") was heading in a non-PG direction.
  • The Rival: She considers her best WWE matches to be the ones she had with Nidia on Heat.
  • Screwed by the Network: Twice. The first time, WWE turned her heel abruptly without giving her a chance to get over, and the second time, WWE barely used her after they hired her back. TNA also offered her a pittance back in 2008 when her contract was up, despite her being a proven ratings draw with Awesome Kong. Then when she had no other choice but to sign with WWE, TNA officials called her a "sell-out".
    • A different kind of screwing happened with her return to TNA. She ended up winning both sets of Knockouts titles within a month with hardly any fanfare. Such a push could have made a great few months of television, showing her gradually conquering the division. Instead they ruined her return storyline by handing her the belts almost immediately.
  • Ship Tease: With Evan Bourne. People had been shipping them for a while because of their similar movesets.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Her initial outfit and entrance music in her first WWE run were an obvious nod to The Matrix.
    • Her finishing move the Christo was innovated by a wrestler named Dragon Kid. Since 'Christo' didn't fit in with Gail's gimmick, she renamed it the Flying Dragon (Dragon Kid was one of the best high flyers in wrestling at the time Gail was training).
  • Signature Move: A turnbuckle climbing arm drag, an ass kicks you counter to a shoulder ramming opponent, a corner cross chop and the, neck tie breaker was downgraded to a signature move called the Happy Ending in WWE.
  • Spot Monkey: A rare non-high flying example (though she is a high-flyer). When she started a submission based style in 2004, she would often bust out holds with no rhyme or reason. Ironically when she wrestles as a high flyer she shows more awareness of the story and is able to utilize those moves in the right way. She's since applied the same awareness to submissions after leaving WWE and touring through Mexico and Asia to her eventual TNA debut.
  • Stepford Smiler: This became apparent in 2011 when she started criticizing how she and her fellow divas were being used on Twitter. On television, she was all the while a smiling face.
  • Stripperiffic: All of her outfits really.
  • Tag Team: With Molly Holly, where their main role was beating the hell out of Trish Stratus on a weekly basis.
  • Take That: Coupled with a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall where she said to the Bella Twins "since there aren't any guest hosts around, you guys really have nothing to do". Don't get started on her Twitter rants.
    • The best example is her shoot interview after leaving WWE.
    • Another was during a Divas Battle Royal. She walked in to the ring, and immediately jumped back out, disqualifying herself. When she was asked on Twitter later that night, she said she did it just to see if anybody backstage would notice. No one did.
    • They also told her to make sure she was out in the first minute. She was more than happy to her own way.
  • Theatrics Of Pain: She often sells dramatically. Her less than stellar Raw match with Mickie James? It was so off because Kim had actually knocked herself out, not that many spectators could tell at the time.
  • Token Minority: The first woman of Korean descent to win the Women's title.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Around 2007-ish. She was in cage matches, street fights and even a ladder match.
  • We Used to Be Friends: A minor example. Melina and her had previously teamed together several times in WWE so the first time they faced each other (after Melina's heel turn) Melina screamed out "you were always a horrible friend!" - and it became a small side feud.
  • What Could Have Been: Rumours were that she was going to feud with Mickie in WWE, though people weren't sure which of them was going to turn heel. There was also talk of Kharma's first WWE match being against her.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Was once booked in a "Legs Match" (because the Guest Hosts that week were ZZ Top) where all the girls had to wrestle in short shorts, never mind the fact that she wrestled in hot pants normally.
  • Wild Card: Very briefly when she first turned heel. They had a mini feud with Molly going on but Molly quickly prevailed and made Gail her sidekick.
  • You Go Girl: Has never competed in an actual intergender match but she frequently got offense in against men whenever she was in mixed tag matches. The list includes Chavo Guerrero, Tyson Kidd and Primo (who got this in three different matches).
    • Not to mention early in her first run with TNA, when she was helping Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Cowboy" James Storm) - her interference at times would famously include crisp hurricanranas delivered to the likes of AJ Styles.

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