Monster's Ball match

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A Monster's Ball match is a professional wrestling, hardcore match staged by Impact Wrestling. The key premise of the match was that all contenders are sequestered alone in a locked room without light, food or water for twenty-four hours before the match. This stipulation is intended to induce extreme feelings of aggression in the competitors. Once released, the wrestlers fight one another in a no disqualification match, with the usage of weapons encouraged. Victory can be achieved by pinfall or submission, with the match ending as soon as one wrestler is pinned or submits (there is no elimination format). The locked away stipulation was simply forgotten about, however, and not mentioned since the sixth one. It is now simply a Street Fight, as the match has to end inside the Ring.

Due to the hardcore nature of the match, the Monster's Ball typically features numerous high spots. There have been 48 matches taking place under TNA, as well as several unaffiliated independent promotions hosting the match. The match has almost always featured Abyss in some capacity, wrestling in 46 of 48 and managing in one, it is his signature match. There are various weapons frequently used in the match, including Thumb tacks, "Janice" (A board filled with nails, Abyss's signature weapon) and a bed of barbed wires.

Match history[edit]

# Event, Date and Location Match Details
1 Victory Road
November 7, 2004
Orlando, Florida
Monty Brown defeated Raven and Abyss Brown pinned Raven after a Pounce through a table.
2 Bound for Glory
October 23, 2005
Orlando, Florida
Rhino defeated Abyss, Sabu and Jeff Hardy Rhino pinned Hardy after a Rhino Driver off the middle rope.
3 House show
June 10, 2006
Wayne, New Jersey
Samoa Joe defeated Abyss and Rhino (unofficial) Joe forced Rhino to submit with the Coquina Clutch.
4 House show
September 29, 2006
Richmond, Virginia
Rhino defeated Abyss[1][2]
5 Bound for Glory
October 22, 2006
Plymouth Township, Michigan
Samoa Joe defeated Brother Runt, Raven and Abyss Joe pinned Raven after a Muscle buster.

Jake "The Snake" Roberts was the special guest referee

6 Bound for Glory
October 14, 2007
Duluth, Georgia
Abyss defeated Raven, Black Reign and Rhino Abyss pinned Raven after a Black Hole Slam onto a pile of broken glass and thumbtacks.
7 Bound for Glory IV
October 12, 2008
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm) (w/ Jacqueline) (c) defeated Abyss and Matt Morgan, Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) and The Latin American Xchange (Homicide & Hernandez) to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship Beer Money, Inc. won when James Storm pinned Hernandez after Team 3D put him through a table with thumb tacks on top.

Steve "Mongo" McMichael was the special guest referee.

8 Sacrifice
May 24, 2009
Orlando, Florida
Taylor Wilde defeated Daffney (w/ Abyss and Dr. Stevie) Wilde pinned Daffney after slamming her with a fireman's carry takeover on top of a garbage can.

First ever Knockouts Monster's Ball match.

9 Slammiversary
June 21, 2009
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Abyss and Taylor Wilde defeated Raven and Daffney (w/ Dr. Stevie) Abyss pinned Raven after Black Hole Slamming him onto a pile of thumbtacks.

First ever mixed tag team Monster's Ball match.

10 Bound for Glory
October 18, 2009
Irvine, California
Abyss defeated Mick Foley Abyss pinned Foley after chokeslamming him onto a barbed wire board.

Dr. Stevie was the special guest referee for the match.

11 House show
November 9, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee
Abyss defeated Rhino
12 TNA Impact!
May 3, 2010
Orlando, Florida
A.J. Styles defeated Abyss
13 Slammiversary VIII
June 13, 2010
Orlando, Florida
Abyss defeated Desmond Wolfe
14 House show
July 2, 2010
Brooklyn, New York
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[3]
15 House show
July 23, 2010
Bloomington, Illinois
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[4]
16 House show
July 24, 2010
LaPorte, Indiana
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[5][6]
17 House show
August 13, 2010
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[7]
18 House show
August 14, 2010
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[8] Mick Foley was the special guest referee
19 House show
September 16, 2010
York, Pennsylvania
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[9]
20 House show
September 17, 2010
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss[10]
21 House show
September 23, 2010
New York City, New York
Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss[11] Mick Foley was the special guest referee
22 House show
September 25, 2010
Rahway, New Jersey
Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer[12]
23 Bound for Glory
October 10, 2010
Daytona Beach, Florida
Rob Van Dam defeated Abyss[13]
24 House show
October 15, 2010
Racine, Wisconsin
Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss[14]
25 House show
October 16, 2010
Dubuque, Iowa
Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss[15]
26 House show
October 17, 2010
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss[16] Mick Foley was the special guest referee.
27 House show
October 21, 2010
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Abyss defeated Sabu[17]
28 House show
October 22, 2010
Cadillac, Michigan
Abyss defeated Sabu[18]
29 House show
October 23, 2010
Saginaw, Michigan
Abyss defeated Sabu[19]
30 House show
October 24, 2010
Port Huron, Michigan
Abyss defeated Sabu[20]
31 House show
April 9, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer[21]
32 Genesis
January 8, 2012
Orlando, Florida
Abyss defeated Bully Ray As per stipulation of the match, had Abyss lost, he would have had to rejoin Immortal.
33 One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2
July 5, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Joseph Park defeated Judas Mesias (w/ James Mitchell)
34 Impact Wrestling
December 26, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Joseph Park defeated Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian)
35 One Night Only: #OldSchool
February 7, 2014
Poughkeepsie, New York
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss
36 Impact Wrestling
February 6, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland
Abyss defeated Eric Young
37 Impact Wrestling
April 17, 2014
Orlando, Florida
Eric Young (c) defeated Abyss The TNA World Heavyweight Championship was on the line (the match marked first time that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was defended in a Monster's Ball match).
38 Impact Wrestling
June 26, 2014
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Magnus and Bram defeated Abyss and Willow
39 Impact Wrestling
August 7, 2014
New York, New York
Bram defeated Abyss
40 One Night Only: Turning Point
January 9, 2015
Charlottesville, Virginia
Bram defeated Abyss
41 One Night Only: Rivals
February 6, 2015
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Eric Young defeated Abyss
42 Impact Wrestling
January 30, 2015
New York, New York
Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss
43 One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2015
February 13, 2015
Orlando, Florida
Matt Hardy defeated Abyss
44 One Night Only: Live!
January 8, 2016
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Abyss defeated Grado
45 Impact Wrestling
February 16, 2016
Manchester, England
The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) (c) defeated Decay (Crazzy Steve & Abyss) (w/ Rosemary) Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
46 Impact Wrestling
July 28, 2016
Orlando, Florida
Decay (Abyss & Crazzy Steve) (c) (w/ Rosemary) defeated The BroMans (Robbie E & Jessie Godderz) (w/ Raquel) Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
47 Impact Wrestling: Genesis
January 26, 2017
Orlando, Florida
Rosemary (c) defeated Jade Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship.
48 Impact Wrestling: Bound for Glory 2017
November 5, 2017
Ottawa, Canada
Abyss (w/ James Mitchell) defeated Grado As part of the story line, since Grado lost, his work visa is terminated and must leave the U.S.
49 Impact Wrestling

March 22 2018

Kongo Kong defeated Abyss
50 Impact Wrestling Homecoming

January 6, 2019

Nashville, Tennessee

Eli Drake defeated Abyss

Participant List[edit]

32 wrestlers took part in a Monster's Ball matches, and two knockouts competed in a monster ball match. Abyss holds the record for most participation in a monster ball match having competed in 47 matches, and holds the record for most victories 19.

Superstar Victories Appearances
Abyss / Joseph Park* 19 49
Jeff Hardy / Willow* 9 11
Tommy Dreamer 4 6
Bram 3 3
Samoa Joe 2 2
Taylor Wilde 2 2
Eric Young 2 3
Rhino 2 5
Monty Brown 1 1
Robert Roode 1 1
James Storm 1 1
A.J. Styles 1 1
Rob Van Dam 1 1
Magnus 1 1
Matt Hardy 1 1
Davey Richards 1 1
Eddie Edwards 1 1
Rosemary 1 1
Kongo Kong 1 1
Eli Drake 1 1
Crazzy Steve 1 2
Brother Runt 0 1
Black Reign 0 1
Mick Foley 0 1
Hernandez 0 1
Homicide 0 1
Matt Morgan 0 1
Brother Devon 0 1
Desmond Wolfe 0 1
Judas Mesias 0 1
Jade 0 1
Kazarian 0 1
Christopher Daniels 0 1
Robbie E 0 1
Jessie Godderz 0 1
Daffney 0 2
Brother Ray / Bully Ray* 0 2
Grado 0 2
Raven 0 4
Sabu 0 4
  • Abyss competed as Joseph Park in two Monster's Ball matches, while the rest as Abyss
  • Jeff Hardy competed as Willow in one monster ball match, while the rest as Jeff Hardy
  • Bully Ray competed as Brother Ray in one match, the other as Bully Ray

Non-TNA Monster's Ball[edit]

The twelfth Monster's Ball match (although not a "real" Monster's Ball match as it was unassociated with TNA) was announced by John Cena Sr. (father of John Cena), president of the Massachusetts-based Millennium Wrestling Federation on its MWF Xtra online show to take place at their Night of Champions show (eight days prior to WWE's PPV of the same title) on June 21, 2008 at Good Time Emporium in Somerville, Massachusetts. Todd Hanson, who replaced Makua in the match, defeated Abyss, Rick Fuller and Brian Milonas to win the match and retain his MWF Heavyweight Championship.[22][23] Through TNA's working relationship with Mexican promotion AAA, Verano de Escándalo on July 31, 2011, hosted a Monster's Ball match, where Chessman defeated Abyss, Extreme Tiger and Joe Líder. On June 7, 2014 at House of Hardcore V, Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer in a Monster's Ball match. On November 14, 2015, Abyss would face off against Sabu in a Monster's Ball match at House of Hardcore 11 in a losing effort. Abyss has brought the Monster's Ball match to several other independent promotions throughout the world.

In June 2018 Abyss is scheduled ti face Jimmy Havock in Melbourne, Australia in a Monsters Ball match at World Series Wrestling.


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