TNA continued its One Night Only series with an all-women show called Knockouts Knockdown 2013. Some of the top female wrestlers in the world came together for this event, all looking to walk away with the crown as Queen of the Knockouts.
After an action-packed evening, it was Gail Kim who earned that honor.
Nine singles matches were held to determine the competitors for a Battle Royal. The final two participants would then go on to wrestle a singles match to determine who walks away from the event as the Queen of TNA.
Here's how Kim walked away as the face of the knockouts division.
- Gail Kim defeated Alissa Flash
- Lei'D Tapa defeated Ivelisse
- Tara defeated Mia Yim
- Brooke Tessmacher defeated Santana Garrett
- ODB defeated Trinity
- Jacqueline Moore defeated Taryn Terrell
- Hannah Blossom defeated Sojo Bolt and Taeler Hendrix
- Velvet Sky defeated Jillian Hall
- Mickie James defeated Serena Deeb
- Gail Kim and Mickie James win Battle Royal
- Gail Kim defeats Mickie James to become Queen of the Knockouts
Blasts from the Past
Don't say TNA failed to do its homework on the female wrestlers we used to love—or whatever feelings we may have for them.
TNA brought out countless big names, including former WWE stars Jackie Moore, Jillian Hall and Serena Deeb. It also brought out TNA alumni, with the most notable participant being Trinity, who was one of the true pioneers of the Knockouts division.
In turn, she can be honored as one of the true pioneers of TNA.
Only Moore managed to walk away with a win, defeating TNA knockout Taryn Terrell in surprising fashion. A longtime member of TNA, as well, the 49-year-old is one of the people responsible for the rise in popularity that women's wrestling has seen.
She received her due with an opportunity to be named Queen of the Knockouts. Unfortunately, it just wasn't to be as another veteran knockout took home that honor.
Even still, it was pleasant to see some of the veterans who have helped shape women's wrestling come together for this all-knockout event.
Knockouts Champion Mickie James Defeated Serena Deeb
As previously alluded to, one of the notable names in action was Serena Deeb. Once a member of CM Punk's Straight Edge Society in WWE, Deeb had the unfavorable task of facing Knockouts champion Mickie James in singles action.
Unfortunately, Serena couldn't pull out the upset.
Did we expect a different result?
James has become one of the most respected competitors in the world, wrestling across the globe. She's now a three-time Knockouts champion and held the WWE Women's Championship five times and WWE Divas title once, prior to her stint in TNA.
A win over Deeb ensured her contention for Queen of the Knockouts. Upon arriving in the Battle Royal, James outlasted the other wrestlers and became one of the final two women in contention.
Gail Kim Becomes Queen of TNA
In 2003, Kim made her on-screen WWE debut by winning a seven-woman Battle Royal and subsequently earning the Women's Championship. She turned heel shortly thereafter, feuded with Trish Stratus and was later blindsided by an unforeseen release from the company.
Ten years later, Kim won another Battle Royal, this time becoming Queen of the Knockouts.
She certainly deserves it.
Kim scarcely wrestled during her first two years in TNA, instead managing Chris Harris and James Storm of America's Most Wanted. Since then, she's made two stints with the company, also returning to WWE, and has become one of the most respected women's wrestlers in the world.
The 2007 Knockout of the Year and two-time Knockouts champion has now received the ultimate recognition.
Kim defeated Alissa Flash in her first match of the evening, in turn clinching a berth in the Battle Royal. She proceeded to outlast the other knockouts and join Mickie James as the surviving Divas.
Kim proceeded to pin James in a singles match and earn the title of "Queen."
It's only fitting that these two met, as both have been respected wrestlers for the better part of a decade. While they may have taken different routes to success, both Kim and the wrestler formerly known as Alexis Laree have come a long way to earn the respect of millions.
In the end, however, only one woman could reign supreme, and that was Kim—the new Queen of TNA.