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Gail Kim Interview
Josh Modaberi, The American's fight fella, talks to one of the finest female wrestlers of her generation
Having worked for both companies Kim says TNA having a female, Dixie Carter in charge of the company is the biggest difference between to two major grappling companies in America.
"They are two very different companies and I've worked for both companies twice now," the 36-year-old explained. "I found that my first run with the WWE was the golden era and they did give us a lot of time with story lines and characters as well as time to work in the ring.
"When I first went to TNA, I had a small role of managing and then we went on to create this Knockouts division. If you watch the two products, the knockouts will have great matches consistently and we're more about the product in the ring.
"We have a president, Dixie Carter who is a female and she has always supported the girls in being sexy but also in the ring being athletic and I think that is the biggest difference."
Kim has been in the wrestling business for 13 years now, as she made her debut in December 2000, and she doesn't hesitate when talking about her greatest achievement.
"I have accomplished so much more than I ever dreamed of when I first started out on this adventure and taking my first bump," Kim added. "I guess the biggest highlight for me was winning the first ever TNA Knockouts championship because that was a long fought battle to even have that women's division happen.
"Winning that first title meant the world to me because I had worked so hard for that moment, I won the WWE Women's Championship on my debut but to be honest I'm always going to be grateful for that but I hadn't worked for that moment and I did work for the TNA Knockouts Championship moment. That will always be the biggest moment of my career in my eyes."
TNA embark on their annual tour of the UK at the end of January and Kim, who resides in Tampa, Florida and has family in the UK, says the tour is her highlight of the year.
"The UK tour is actually my favourite part of the year being a talent on this roster," she continued. "The fans over there in the UK are unbelievable, they only get to see us once a year, they are so respective and they appreciate all of the hard work that we put into our product.
"Just to get to see the fans at the meet and greets before the shows in each city is unbelievable. I have family over in the UK and it is extra special when they get to watch me perform live.
"I'm so excited for this years tour we are heading to Dublin, then we are going to be filming a live episode of IMPACT! in Glasgow, we're doing more television tapings in London and then we are filming PPV's in Manchester and Birmingham, it's an amazing time every year."
For more information on Gail you can follow her on Twitter @gailkimITSME
Tickets for TNA UK 2014 Tour are available from www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk, www.gigsandtours.com/tour/tna-wrestling, and www.ticketmaster.com