Wednesday, March 21, 2007
TNA: Gail Kim , part 1
Wrestler: Gail Kim,La Felina
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Billed weight 125 lb (57 kg)
Born February 20, 1977,Toronto, Ontario
Resides Tampa, Florida
Trained by Ron Hutchinson,Rob Etchevarria,Fit Finlay
Pro Wrestling Debut December 2000
Gail Kim is a Korean Canadian pro wrestler, valet and actress. Kim is perhaps best known for her appearances with WWE between October 2002 and November 2004. She is currently working for TNA Wrestling and recently finished working on the movie Royal Kill.
Kim attended the York Memorial Collegiate Institute in Toronto, participating in numerous sports and was twice named "Athlete of the Year". Upon her graduation, she started studying kinesiology at the University of Toronto, but later switched over to nutrition at Ryerson University.
After she obtained her degree, Gail decided to become a professional wrestler, and joined Ron Hutchison's "School of Pro Wrestling" in Toronto, also receiving training from Rob Etchevarria at the "Squared Circle Pro Wrestling Gym". She debuted in December 2000 under a mask as "The Queen of the Cats" La Felina in the Southern Ontario-based Apocalypse Wrestling Federation, and was eventually unmasked by Tracy Brooks in a "mask versus hair" match. Kim worked on the Canadian independent circuit for two years, wrestling for promotions such as Border City Wrestling. On September 27, 2002, Kim reached the semi-finals of the WXW Women's Elite 8 Tournament in Danbury, Connecticut, defeating Nikki Roxx and April Hunter before losing to Tracy Brooks.
Kim was introduced to WWF employee Molly Holly by Jason Sensation at WWF Fan Axxess in 2001, and gave Holly a videotape of herself to show to WWF officials. In October 2002 she was hired by the WWF, now renamed WWE. She spent eight months training in Ohio Valley Wrestling and appearing on house shows and dark matches before being called up to the main roster in June 2003. After several weeks, during which vignettes showcasing Matrix-like effects aired on WWE RAW, Kim debuted on the June 30, 2003 episode of RAW as a face, with a Matrix-like gimmick including shades and a long trench coat, using her real name.
Her first televised WWE match was a seven-woman battle royal in Buffalo, New York, with the WWE Women's Wrestling Championship, then held by an injured Jazz, on the line. Kim won the match, lastly eliminating Victoria, in the process making history for the quickest acquisition of the title by any female. She became the first female with a Korean background to win the Women's Championship. Kim held the title for four weeks, feuding with Victoria and Molly Holly. Kim lost the title to Molly Holly on the July 28, 2003 episode of RAW. On the August 4, 2003 episode of RAW, Molly Holly successfully defended her title in a match with Trish Stratus. Following the bout, Stratus was double teamed by Holly and Victoria until Kim ran to the ring. Kim helped Stratus up, but then turned heel by levelling Stratus with a spinebuster.
Kim started an alliance with Holly, and the duo defeated Stratus, partnered with Ivory and Jacqueline, on two straight occasions. The following week, on the September 15, 2003 episode of RAW, they defeated Stratus in a handicap match. Following the match, Kim and Holly were prevented from further assaulting Stratus by the return of Lita, who had been absent since injuring her neck in 2002. At Unforgiven 2003 on September 21, 2003 Stratus and Lita defeated Kim and Holly in a tag match. The four women continued to feud until November 10, 2003, when Kim was sidelined with a broken right collarbone, suffered after tripping off the top rope during a Sunday Night HEAT match against Stratus.
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