After announcing her retirement from the ring last year, Gail Kim wrestled the final match of her career on Saturday in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
In the main event of Southside Wrestling's Raw Deal show, Kim beat Kasey Owens via inside cradle.
@SouthsideWE I remember watching @gailkimITSME first match on WWE RAW where she won her first World Championship, 15 years later and I'm proud to have been live for her farewell match #RawDeal7 #ThankYouGail pic.twitter.com/maphw08aW6— John Bonner (@HertsDragon180) February 3, 2018
An absolute honour to witness @gailkimITSME's final ever match. What a woman, what a career! Thank you for everything you done for Women's Wrestling💖 #ThankYouGail #RawDeal7 pic.twitter.com/qqJc7AUD06— chloe pal (@chloethfc_) February 4, 2018
As seen in the photo and video below, Kim and Owens embraced in the ring after the match. Then as Kim headed to the backstage area, she received a "Thank you Gail" chant and embraced her peers before saying goodbye.
Thank You Gail https://t.co/1YaN83GtsL— Southside Wrestling (@SouthsideWE) February 3, 2018
Kim then said on social media it was her dream to retire in the UK.
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!— Gail Kim-Irvine (@gailkimITSME) February 3, 2018
Last note of the night. My dream was to retire in the UK and thanks to @swe_southsidewe for allowing me the privilege to do it for you. Always professional, respectful, caring and thoughtful. Tonight was the icing on the cake for my career and I'll always be eternally grateful that I could walk away from the ring on such a spectacular note. Tonight was emotional and special and it was all thanks to them and the most loyal fans I've ever had. Nothing can beat tonight so I THANK YOU!! ❤️❤️❤️
Kim's accolades include being the first-ever Knockouts Champion, holding the Knockouts Championship a record seven times, winning the WWE Women's Championship in her first televised WWE match, and being the first female to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
Kim began her wrestling career in December 2000 on the Canadian independent circuit before signing a developmental contract with WWE in 2002. In June 2003, she became the first female in WWE history to win a championship in her official debut match by capturing the WWE Women's Championship in a battle royal.
After being released by WWE in November 2004, Kim joined TNA Wrestling in September 2005. There, she joined the tag team America's Most Wanted as their valet. After the group broke up, Kim began performing as a singles wrestler and would become the inaugural Knockouts Champion in October 2007.
In late 2008, Kim left TNA for WWE and rejoined the main roster in March 2009. She remained with the company until September 2011, without winning any titles. She was not happy with her second stint in WWE due to her feeling that organization officials held her and other female wrestlers back.
Kim returned to TNA in October 2011 and captured the Knockouts Championship six more times. In October 2016, she was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. At Bound for Glory last October, in Kim's final match for the company, she won her record-seventh Knockouts Championship after pinning Sienna. The next night, she formally announced her retirement from professional wrestling and vacated the title in the process.