October 2, 2016

Gail Kim HOF Speech, Former Knockouts Champion Make Surprise Returns at TNA Bound For Glory (Photo)

- TNA inducted five-time Knockouts Champion Gail Kim into their Hall of Fame tonight at TNA Bound For Glory, live on pay-per-view, and the company brought a few special guests back to celebrate the occasion.

Long-time ring announcer Christy Hemme said a few words about Kim as the pioneer of the Knockouts Division, before introducing former Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell, who left the company back in January of this year. Terrell and Kim had a series of great matches in 2013 including a Last Woman Standing match at Slammiverary.

Finally, two-time champion Awesome Kong made a surprise return to celebrate her greatest rival and friend. Kong and Kim defined the Knockouts division and were a part of the match at Bound For Glory 2007 to crown the first ever champion, and their matches over the years put women’s wrestling in the U.S. back on the map in an era where WWE was incredibly inconsistent with the female talents they used on television.

- Gail Kim said she's not known for speaking in this business, so she brought a list to make sure she doesn't forget anyone because the induction means everything to her. She said that for the past 16 years, she has experienced a lot of highs and lows but would never take back one moment or one thing. She said that without the lows, she could not have the highs and without the fight, she could not have success. She said that every person she ever stepped in the ring with helped her to get to where she is. She said the business exposed every insecurity she has ever had but it also brought her creativity, fearlessness, and self confidence and true passion.

She said she had a lot of people to thank - the people who trained her and helped her, naming Ron Hutchinson, Scott D'Amore, Fit Finlay, Pat Kenney and everyone who worked behind the scenes in TNA. She thanked the people who were here in the beginning who grew tired of her saying she wanted to wrestle, naming Dixie, Dutch Mantel and Jeff Jarrett. She said that her family make her want to be a better woman. She thanked her husband Robert Irvine. Irvine got a big pop. She said that she's never met anyone who has inspired her more than him.

Kim thanked all the women that came before her - Victoria, Molly Holly, Jazz and Trish Stratus. She said the women in the TNA locker room are her sisters and she is so happy to share a locker room with her. Holly got her props for making her a great wrestler and for setting the stage for being a good person. Holly told her that if you are a good person, success will follow.


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