July 1, 2003: It was the event that G.L.O.R.Y. fans have been looking forward to for many months: the debut of Gail Kim--formerly known as Felina on the indy circuit--to the WWE. The wait came to an end last night as Gail not only made her debut on RAW, but also won a seven-woman battle royal to be crowned the new WWE Women's Champion!
Along with Ms. Kim, the match included Trish Stratus, Jazz, Ivory, Molly Holly, Victoria and Jacqueline.
The battle was a wild affair, with Divas being eliminated one after another as they were tossed over the top rope.
This match report comes from Glory fan Frank Pozen...
"Gail Kim made her WWE TV debut on tonight's RAW in a 7 girl battle royal for the WWE Women's Title. The others in the match were WWE Women's Champ Jazz, Trish Stratus, Victoria, Ivory, Molly Holly and Jacqueline.
Gail wore a black two piece outfit and looked great. Battle royals are always hard to follow and I'm not sure it's the
best way to introduce a new wrestler.
The first thing Gail did was a hurricanranna on Victoria. Ivory was the first to be thrown over the top rope. JR thought she might have hurt her ankle but I'm not sure about that. It appears that Jazz may have been hurt legit when Victoria kicked her in the jaw. The refs and trainer carried her from the ring. It looked like a possible concussion. Jacqueline and Molly were eliminated. That left Trish, Victoria and Gail.
After giving Gail a clothesline, Victoria and Trish battled on the top turnbuckle. Trish landed on the apron and was knocked to the floor. Then Victoria went after Gail.
After pounding her for a minute, Victoria picked up Gail
for a power bomb. Gail turned it into a head scissors, flipped
Victoria over the top rope to the floor and held onto the ropes
for the win!
So in her RAW debut, Gail Kim is your new WWE Women's
Champ. Congratulations from one Torontonian to another!"
Since the time of Frank's report, we've learned that Jazz is not seriously injured.
We're sure that G.L.O.R.Y. fans around the world would like to congratulate Gail Kim on her WWE debut and title victory!
Many thanks to G.L.O.R.Y. fan Rodney Boyd and G.L.O.R.Y. Photographer Chris Hoddinott for sharing these screen captures--which chronicle Ms. Kim's debut and action from the match--with all G.L.O.R.Y. fans.
Chris Hoddinott's screen captures...
Rodney Boyd's screen captures...
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