Former WWE Women’s Champion, former 5-time TNA Knockouts Champion and TNA Hall of Famer Gail Kim joined “Multi-time Award Winning” the Rack Thursday Night. In a nearly 15-minute interview, she talked about her initial reaction to being names as the TNA Hall of Fame, being the first Knockout selected for the Hall of Fame and the first Knockouts Champion, on being part of the early Women’s Revolution in TNA, her current role in and the status of the TNA Knockouts locker room, what’s next for her after Bound for Glory, her thoughts on ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy, what is her favorite dish that her husband Robert Irvine makes and much more.
What her initial reaction was to being named to the TNA Hall of Fame: “Well, they didn’t tell me. You guys all saw it with me on television; they tried to make it a surprise and it was kind of funny that day because they were trying to hide it and keep it secret. They were kind of making it obvious, but you just never know which way it’s going to go. It’s funny because I told the office after because they were like ‘Did you know? Did you know?’ and I said ‘Well, the signs were there because everyone from the office completely just ignored me all day.’ So, like I said, it was kind of obvious but you just never know. So, at that moment, when it was announced, I’m normally a calm, collected person emotionally, I think, and emotion overcame me and I pretty much cried, which I never do. It’s just very humbling and I’m just so grateful for that moment; it’s surreal.”
On being the first Knockout selected to the TNA Hall of Fame: “You don’t think about those things at the moment but when people say it to you, it’s almost like when I won the title the first time in both companies (TNA and WWE); it just happens so fast and you don’t have time to absorb it at that moment. You think about it and it’s mind-blowing how far I’ve come in this business and I’m happy at what I’ve accomplished in this business. If I had to walk away tomorrow, I’d be completely happy.”
What has it meant being the first Knockouts Champion and a standard bearer for the division: “That probably was the most meaningful series of events I guess you could say because you fight for so long for something and for it to come to fruition and successfully happen. It took a while for it to happen but when the division happened it was such a success almost, it seemed, overnight; you couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s like all your hard work and begging and fighting pays off and you can’t have a more satisfying feeling.”
On the ongoing Women’s Revolution in wrestling today and its start in TNA: “You know, it took some time and because, probably, we’re looked at as a smaller company, people might overlook that but TNA has always been, like I said, it took a little bit of pushing and begging and for them it wasn’t really about not wanting to do it; it was just more of a time issue. When I started with the company, I believe it was an hour show when I signed on and they just said we need to make time for it, there needs to be time for it and we’ve got to find the talent. It’s not going to be right away; and everybody wants everything now at this moment but to be a part of that. I remember that first day, with the girls who were there: Traci Brooks, Christy Hemme who was wrestling at that time, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky- I remember being so emotional and to look back, it’s like a blur now. Time just went by so fast. But I’m proud of everything we accomplished.”
What does she feel like her role is with the current TNA women’s roster: “I feel like my role is, I guess, I am more of a leader of the locker room, which comes with age and experience, right? I’m really lucky to have worked with girls who really trusted me, valued my opinion and normally, people think when you get a bunch of girls together, that it’s going to become a catty, competitive locker room; but the entire time, I mean obviously it’s almost kind of like high school, any work is, where you kind of have the friends you hang out with, and there might be ups and downs but overall I just found the Knockouts locker room, throughout all the years, just generally comes together because in the end we just wanted to produce the best product and that comes with supporting the other girls. In that ring, you need to be able to trust your opponent and it’s kind of like a dance- you’re putting your like in the hands of this person. So, at the end of the day, no matter what, we always respect each other and bring the best out of each other.”
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On her long history with Maria Kanellis-Bennett: “It’s been a long time, but throughout the years, the fans that, when a storyline has been going on and it takes this long; although she hurt her hand at Slammiversary, so that’s why it never really happened. But throughout the years, with Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell and now Maria, I find that the fans are more emotionally invested when they take the time and invest in the story over time because people are now at the point where they just want to forget about the title and just want to see me kick her butt, you know? So it’s actually pretty amusing, I’m really looking forward to it and I don’t plan on disappointing the fans that night. The Knockouts Championship is always an important factor and I think it’s just double the pleasure now that I can finally get my hand on her and go for the title at the same time.”
What’s next for Gail Kim, after Bound for Glory: “You know, in terms of accomplishments and things like that, I feel like I’ve accomplished what I’ve wanted. I mean, the only other thing I can think of is going for another title that’s not even in the women’s realm, you know? But, the next thing for me, I would think, is I just really want to help the girls to be honest and it’s just such a whole new generation of girls that came in all at the same time: Jade, Sienna, Allie, Marti Bell- all of them came through the independents together, so it’s interesting to see their sisterhood. It reminds me when I first came into the company with Traci, Myself, Christy and reminds me of the same thing. I want to help rebuild this division and help them succeed as much as we did.”
On ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy and the Final Deletion: “We’ve all seen it and we always look forward to seeing the next thing in terms of Matt’s character. You know, they (Jeff and Matt Hardy) have been wrestling since they were teenagers so you’d never even expect to see them reinvent themselves; it’s like it’s never-ending reinvention. I mean, they live and breathe wrestling and it’s clear when they’re out there and performing.
When I first saw ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy, I thought to myself, ‘Umm…’. I actually said to Jeremy Borash ‘Why is he talking like that? Is he trying to make an accent and it’s coming out really bad?’ And then it kind of grows on you and it’s just funny as hell, at least for me. I think this is great for Matt Hardy and it’s probably one of the times I’ve seen him outshine his brother; they’re both great but right now, it’s Matt Hardy’s time I feel. It’s tremendous.”
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#KillThatNoise: Forget Matt Hardy, the Whole Wrestling World is Broken
The Summer of 2017 has been ridiculous for wrestling fans. To think that just three years ago, CM Punk divorced the WWE while AJ Styles left TNA after being the face of the company for more than a decade. ROH was being raided by Triple H for some of its best names, but Daniel Bryan was and wasn’t able to wrestle anymore. The names Okada and Omega were only known and revered by the most hardcore of fans. I suppose we are in the “boom” period now with so many indie promotions like WrestleCircus in Austin or Smash Wrestling in Toronto becoming hot beds for talent. There are many more, but for so long fans thought that they could only get a quality wrestling experience if it was provided by the WWE. The term “quality” has changed. It used to be all about the package, presentation and big atmosphere, but the way we take in content has allowed even the most intimate of settings to become some of the best places for pro wrestling.
- New Japan brought its brand of wrestling to the states for the first time a few weeks ago, and it felt bigger than any throwaway PPV from WWE. The stars of NJPW aren’t over exposed which makes even someone like Sanada feel just a bit more important. The G1 Special was a welcome change to the wrestling palette of many people. We’re indoctrinated to see red on Monday nights. We know when an interference is coming. We know when a match is going to break before it actually goes on one. Having the G1 Special and Slammiversary in the same weekend was more than enough for solid non-WWE wrestling for me.
- Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar happened, so I watched it because, you know…JOE. LESNAR. Every blue moon, WWE will throw fans a bone and say “Have at it.” This was one of those times. Joe vs. Lesnar was one of the few dream matches that they could deliver upon and it was a short and fun. I’d love to see it again. (Make it happen, Vinny Mac.)
- Every single talent outside of Titan Towers is their own individual business, and fans get to follow how each wrestler operates. The intimacy of pro wrestling has changed the way we watch the action and react to talents. The emergence of Broken Brilliance couldn’t have happened in 1996 and been successful, but in the previous version of TNA, Matt Hardy and company were able to create a universe of characters so different yet so proper for the way fans see wrestling today. If WWE does get the gimmick, will it be the same? Probably not, but I’ll watch.
- We saw a grand opening and grand closing all in one day as Dixie Carter debuted on WWE TV and Austin Aries made like a banana and split. (That was bad, I know.)
- Oh, and Mauro Ranallo was re-introduced as a member of the NXT announce team. This is probably the best decision for both parties.
- Jeff Jarrett finally did what he wanted to do for years when Anthem Media fused the Impact and Global Force brands together to make one entity. The elimination of the TNA initials is the first true step in the redemption story of the wrestling company founded in Nashville, Tennessee. The post-Slammiversary shows have posted record ratings for POP TV this year, so the brand is obviously doing something right with fans this time, but…
- Paige and Alberto El Patron really do need help. They aren’t going to make it right themselves, and Paige’s family is either stating falsehoods or choosing the wrong methods to speak the truth.
- Kenny Omega couldn’t be trained under the sheltered eye of WWE and be the superstar he is today. Omega’s thought process behind what should happen within a match, promo or vignette is so refreshing. People will quickly tell you that Kazuchika Okada was misused in TNA. Maybe he was. Maybe he learned a lot individually by not doing much. Maybe it was necessary in his journey to be one of the top wrestlers in the world today. Okada’s flashy, wildly entertaining entrance doesn’t match his demeanor in-ring. He trades the flash for preciseness and its a special thing to see. When Okada calls for his Rainmaker finisher, it takes me back to the days of playing WCW/NWO Revenge or No Mercy with my friends. The Rainmaker is a flawlessly performed finisher, and the anticipation for it is the key to its effectiveness. Fans would love to see Okada and Omega in WWE where they can succumb to 50/50 booking and other WWE-isms.
- Cody is the ROH World Champion. It took 31 years for a Rhodes to hold another world title and its well deserved. From Impact Wrestling to Ring of Honor to everything in between, Cody Rhodes became a star under his own banner.
- The Mae Young Classic just wrapped up taping for now, but another all-womens show, GLOW, was the talk of the wrestling and entertainment business for the last few weeks. The Netflix exclusive received very good reviews and feedback. Hopefully, it will get a second season. The various wrestlers involved didn’t seem out-of-place, and Awesome Kong/Kia Stevens lives up the “awesome” part of her name on the show. Great performance.
For anyone that says wrestling isn’t alive and well — #KILLTHATNOISE.
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Update on Alberto El Patron alleged domestic violence situation
Alberto El Patron is in trouble again after an alleged domestic battery episode has been reported from multiple sources involving his fiancee, former WWE Divas Champion Paige.
Paige has since come out in defense of El Patron (known to WWE fans as Alberto Del Rio) saying that he was simply defending his bride to be who allegedly got into an altercation with an unknown woman at the Orlando International Airport yesterday.
WE got the cops involved. I’m crying cuz I found out bad fam news & a lady tries take a pic. She gets angry throws a drink on @PrideOfMexico
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 10, 2017
Please leave us alone. That’s it.
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 10, 2017
According to ProWrestling Sheet, Global Force Wrestling (El Patron is currently the World Heavyweight Champion of the organization) is currently conducting an internal investigation. El Patron has not been arrested as no charges have been filed as of this writing.
via PWInsider: “There was an incident at Orlando International Airport at about 3 p.m. Sunday involving Jose Rodriguez (DOB 5/25/1977) The reported incident was a domestic violence battery, and it is still under investigation. No arrests have been made as of this time, but the case remains open. That is all the information we have for release at this time.”
UPDATE: The following audio has been released via TMZ:
This dispute is still being treated as one of the domestic violence variety according to law enforcement.
Alberto El Patron wants to beat up Triple H and The New Day at his restaurant on Tuesday
With WWE heading to San Antonio this coming Tuesday night, Alberto El Patron was kind enough to send the following invite to a very specific group of the roster.
The man with the big nose and no balls, those are Alberto’s words, would be Alberto’s former boss, Triple H. The “pussies” from the rap battle would be The New Day and possibly The Usos, Alberto doesn’t really specify. What we do know is that Xavier Woods and Alberto’s current fiancee, Paige, were victims of a sex tape leak earlier this year that also starred former WWE/NXT talent Brad Maddox. This was mentioned in the “rap battle” between The New Day and the Usos this past Tuesday on Smackdown but that particular part of the segment has since been deleted.
El Patron is the current Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Lashley to unify the Impact and GFW straps last weekend at Slammiversary.
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