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Impact Wrestling News: Gail Kim officially retires after one last match in 2018

David Cullen
33.59K   //    04 Feb 2018, 18:13 IST

a surprise last match

What’s the story?

Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer and former WWE Women's Champion and 7 times TNA Impact Wrestling Knockout's Champion Gail Kim wrestled one final match on Saturday the 3 of February 2018 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.

In case you didn’t know…

Gail Kim was the first female inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. Gail announced her retirement on the July 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, to happen at the end of 2017. At Bound For Glory 2017, in what was said to be Kim's final match, she won her record-seventh Knockouts Championship in a Triple Threat match and on the following Impact, formally announced her retirement from professional wrestling and vacated the title in the process.

The heart of the matter

Gail Kim returned to the ring for one final match this past Saturday in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, at a Southside Wrestling event, where she defeated Belfast wrestler Kasey Owens. Gail commented on the match on Twitter shortly after saying:

'' I wanna thank @KaseyOwens5 , @SouthsideWE & the Amazing UK fans SO MUCH for my final match in the UK. It truly was everything I ever could hope for and I couldn’t be happier. Was TRULY my dream come true. I actually cried 3 times which is a miracle. THANK YOU! ''

Making her final entrance

What’s next?

Following her final Impact match at Bound For Glory, Gail accepted a role as a producer and agent with Impact Wrestling where she will work with the current women in the company. Although Gail Kim is now officially retired, she will next be making a convention appearance at Wrestlecon during the WrestleMania weekend in New Orleans.

Author’s Take

I'm glad Gail had one more match. Her Triple Threat at Bound For Glory last year wasn't up to her usual standard in the ring and like most other matches on that card was a disappointment.

Gail's match with Kasey was said to be a very good performance. Gail has also loved performing for the UK fans over the years so I'm happy she got the retirement she wanted, where she wanted.