TNA knockouts was a term that wasn’t used when Impact Wrestling debuted in 2002. The name originated from a 2006 DVD titled Knockouts: The Ladies of TNA and has been the name for the company’s women’s roster ever since. Now, inaugural Impact Knockouts Champion Gail Kim has revealed why the name has stuck for so long.

During the “TNA 20 Years Later” broadcast, Kim revealed that the name change had been a topic of discussion for a few years. Ultimately, the name stuck around because of its double meaning. Check out what Kim had to say below:

To be honest, a lot of fans don’t know this, but it was a topic of discussion probably in the last couple of years in terms of whether we change that name and kind of take that away. The Knockouts in my generation were very sentimental about it. We love the name. We thought it was still strong

I guess, in a way of how the fans would interpret it, outsiders, but we loved it, because it felt like a strong, you know, someone who can knock you out, but also be a Knockout, the double meaning there. So we never felt like it was anything negative in any way. If anything, we felt stronger because of the name and more special.


While speaking on whether the Knockouts name would be changed now, Kim said that she still has an attachment to it and that many other women in the locker room wanted to keep it.

So as the generations started switching over, Scott D’Amore had even brought it to us saying there was a discussion on whether this name was still something that we should be using right now. I felt strongly about it myself. I love it. I have a very sentimental attachment to it. I feel like all the girls do. So we took a vote. We had an open discussion about it. It was really a blended generation at that moment, maybe even now. Actually, it was more of a current generation to be honest. It was pretty unanimous. I would say 98% said they wanted to keep the name. 

Gail Kim was appointed the job of Knockouts Division Commissioner by TNA Managing Director Scott D’Amore. If the name changes, it would mean that Kim and the rest of the knockouts have lost their attachment to it.

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Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones is a writer for both Thirsty for News and Ringside News. He's been a wrestling fan since 2004 and has always tuned into Monday Night Raw.

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