King of the Mountain match

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The King of the Mountain match is a professional wrestling match exclusive to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). It consists of five competitors competing for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship or the TNA X Division Championship as of Slammiversary 2009. The match was a staple of the annual Slammiversary pay-per-view event in June, until 2010, when it wasn't put on the card for Slammiversary VIII.

Match format[edit]

The TNA ring before a King of the Mountain match with the "penalty box" cage on the right.

The competitors in the match start out as "ineligible" to win. In order to become "eligible", a wrestler must score a pinfall or submission on an opponent. The opponent who submits or is pinned is forced to spend two minutes in the "penalty box" cage. More than one wrestler can be in the cage. This often results in wrestlers fighting inside the cage or forming some sort of alliance.

Once "eligible", the wrestler may win the match by retrieving the belt and hanging it on the hook suspended above the ring with the aid of the ladders. A TNA official maintains possession of the belt and circles the ring, staying out of the action as much as possible. When a wrestler wishes to hang the belt, he must retrieve it from the official. Once the belt is in play, any other wrestler who is eligible may attempt to steal the belt and hang it. Once the belt has been dropped and no wrestler is attempting to hang it, a referee returns the belt to the official.

The matchup is similar to the more common ladder match, which has the belt suspended above the ring and the winner is the one who retrieves it with the use of a ladder. The King of the Mountain match is considered backwards in nature to the ladder match, as the competitors attempt to hang the belt instead of retrieving it.

Match history[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
1 Jeff Jarrett defeated Ron Killings (c), A.J. Styles, Raven and Chris Harris King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Weekly PPV 96 June 2, 2004
Nashville, TN
2 Raven defeated A.J. Styles (c), Monty Brown, Abyss and Sean Waltman King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Slammiversary 2005 June 19, 2005
Orlando, FL
3 Jeff Jarrett defeated Christian Cage (c), Abyss, Ron Killings and Sting King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Slammiversary 2006 June 18, 2006
Orlando, FL
4 Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Christian Cage and Chris Harris King of the Mountain match with winner to become the first TNA World Heavyweight Champion Slammiversary 2007 June 17, 2007
Nashville, TN
5
(X Division)
Kaz defeated Chris Sabin, Curry Man, Jimmy Rave and Johnny Devine[1] King of the Mountain match with winner to earn a future TNA World Heavyweight Championship match TNA Impact! June 5, 2008
Orlando, FL
6 Samoa Joe (c) defeated Robert Roode, Booker T, Rhino and Christian Cage King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Slammiversary 2008 June 8, 2008
Southaven, MS
7
(X Division)
Suicide (c) defeated Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley[2] King of the Mountain match for the TNA X Division Championship Slammiversary 2009 June 21, 2009
Auburn Hills, MI
8 Kurt Angle defeated Mick Foley (c), Jeff Jarrett, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe[3] King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Slammiversary 2009 June 21, 2009
Auburn Hills, MI

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