It has been seventeen years to the day that professional wrestling legend Gail Kim captured the WWE Women’s Championship.
Kim is one of the few women who can say she won the Women’s Championship in her first televised in-ring appearance. After several weeks of promotional vignettes being aired, Kim would finally make her WWE debut on the June 30, 2003 edition of RAW. Competing in a seven-person battle royal, Kim was able to get past the likes of fellow legends including Trish Stratus, Victoria, Jazz, Jacqueline, Molly Holly and Ivory to prevail and become WWE Women’s Champion.
Take a look back at the historic moment in the video below.
Kim would go on to hold the title for a month and in that time successfully defended it against Molly Holly before eventually losing it to her on an episode of RAW.
The wrestling legend would go on to find her greatest success as part of Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA). With the organization, Kim made history by becoming the first ever Knockouts Champion. She would capture the belt a total of seven times. She also notably held the Knockouts Tag Team Championship alongside Madison Rayne. In 2012 she was ranked number-one in the PWI Female 50. In 2016 she was officially inducted into the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The 43-year-old retired from in-ring competition in 2019, competing in her final match at the Impact Rebellion event on April 28 in which she lost to Tessa Blanchard. To this day, she still works for the organization as a producer.