Source: Rob McNichol of The Sun (UK)
In a recent interview with Rob McNichol, returning Knockout Gail Kim revealed some of the inside operations of the Divas Division in WWE. As she talked about the Divas, it was apparent that Kim didn’t like anything about the way the division operated. You can read the entire interview by clicking here or scroll down for some highlights from the interview.
On What WWE Expects from the Divas:
I heard many times that they want the Divas to be girly. They didn’t care about the heel girls getting any heat. We just didn’t understand. They did everything in their power, it seemed, to take everything to give us a good match, for the heels to get any heat. It was no kicking one week, or no punching the next. No this, no that. It was at the point where I was asking whether we could do anything at all.
On WWE’s PG Image:
Every week the rules would change. I think we were in London for TV and David Hasselhoff was guest host of Raw. We had the match where we did the slo-mo entrance run. It was really funny. That day they brought us the ugliest one-piece bathing suits for the match. The seamstresses fixed it, but they were very PG and they said, ‘We’ve got to cover you guys up’. No ass hanging out, basically! We did our rehearsal for the entrances and after that they had a discussion amongst the agents. One agent came up to us and said, ‘It’s not so flattering on the chest. Maybe you need to do something about that’. Basically they meant ‘show more cleavage’, so they are never really happy. It’s one way one week and one way the other. When I signed with WWE I was really happy that they had the PG thing going on. I thought’ ‘Yes! No more bra and panties matches, no bikini contests’.
On iMPACT Wrestling’s Knockouts Division and its Influence on the Divas:
With the success of the TNA Knockouts, that’s when they started having their girls wrestle a lot more in WWE. I thought, ‘This is a perfect time for me to come in. They care about women’s wrestling’. Sadly it was just not the case. It pretty much went downhill after a few months and it’s just disappointing to see.
On Awesome Kong‘s Presence in WWE:
I felt that way and I’m sure the other girls felt that way. We were really excited at the prospect of what would happen with Kong. With Kong you can’t just throw her out in an eight-girl tag and have it mean nothing. She actually had a storyline and that was the main thing we were excited to see. We had a storyline where she broke down in the middle of the ring in front of all of us, but even before that happened, when she came out and the crowd erupted, I remember getting goosebumps. I was out there thinking, ‘Wow, I have not heard the fans react like that since my time at TNA’.