Gail Kim Talks Challenges Women Face in Wrestling, Meet Hemme & Styles

Posted by Matt Boone November 2, 2012 1 Comment

- Fans can meet Christy Hemme and AJ Styles on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12-2pm at Direct Auto Insurance (14187 West Colonial Dr.) in Winter Garden, FL.

- In an interview with MLive.com, Gail Kim discussed the challenges that women face in wrestling.

“Oh my gosh, women have it so much harder than men. If you ask me the differences are professional as well as physical. They change their clothes and are ready in 10 minutes; we’re spending hours on make-up and hair, only to get it all messed up in the first round. We have to look good.

When I came in the business, we learned it all on our own. Girls nowadays follow us, but they’re still shocked when they come in. It’s so much harder than they expect. But if the passion is there, it won’t go away.”

Kim also discussed if she will retire anytime soon and her marriage to celebrity chef Robert Irvine.

  • Kage

    Honestly, I agree with Gail.

    I mean, if you’re a female, and want to be a wrestling superstar…well, the big leagues don’t exactly paint an encouraging picture. There’s WWE – who waste their ‘Divas’ to a career of mediocrity, before being tossed out the door.

    Then there’s TNA – who (by all accounts) woefully underpay their Knockouts; who have just as much chance of being wasted.

    IMO, the best place for a woman to make a respectable career is in the indies – and places like SHIMMER and Japan.

    In addition, pro-wrestling (like most businesses) is a male-dominated industry. On one end, companies are being run by sleazebags like Bruce Pritchard and John Lauranitis – who view ‘woman’s wrasslin’ wit scorn. On the other end, there is a vast audience of disrespectful and cavemen-esque men (an anyone with the internet can attest to), who don’t view the woman as wrestlers, but objects of sexist and insulting comments.

    Oh, and just for the record, my favourite female wrestlers are Tara, ODB and Sara Del Ray

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