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]

# Match Event Date Location Notes Ref
1 Monty Brown defeated Raven and Abyss Victory Road November 7, 2004 Orlando, Florida
2 Rhino defeated Abyss, Sabu and Jeff Hardy Bound for Glory October 23, 2005 Orlando, Florida
3 Samoa Joe defeated Abyss and Rhino House show June 10, 2006 Wayne, New Jersey
4 Rhino defeated Abyss House show September 29, 2006 Richmond, Virginia [1][2]
5 Samoa Joe defeated Brother Runt, Raven and Abyss Bound for Glory October 22, 2006 Plymouth Township, Michigan Jake "The Snake" Roberts was the special guest referee
6 Abyss defeated Raven, Black Reign and Rhino Bound for Glory October 14, 2007 Duluth, Georgia
7 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 Bound for Glory IV October 12, 2008 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Steve "Mongo" McMichael was the special guest referee
8 Taylor Wilde defeated Daffney (w/ Abyss and Dr. Stevie) Sacrifice May 24, 2009 Orlando, Florida First ever Knockouts Monster's Ball match
9 Abyss and Taylor Wilde defeated Raven and Daffney (w/ Dr. Stevie) Slammiversary June 21, 2009 Auburn Hills, Michigan First ever mixed tag team Monster's Ball match
10 Abyss defeated Mick Foley Bound for Glory October 18, 2009 Irvine, California Dr. Stevie was the special guest referee for the match
11 Abyss defeated Rhino House show November 9, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee
12 A.J. Styles defeated Abyss TNA Impact! May 3, 2010 Orlando, Florida
13 Abyss defeated Desmond Wolfe Slammiversary VIII June 13, 2010 Orlando, Florida
14 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show July 2, 2010 Brooklyn, New York [3]
15 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show July 23, 2010 Bloomington, Illinois [4]
16 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show July 24, 2010 LaPorte, Indiana [5][6]
17 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show August 13, 2010 Baton Rouge, Louisiana [7]
18 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show August 14, 2010 Thibodaux, Louisiana Mick Foley was the special guest referee [8]
19 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show September 16, 2010 York, Pennsylvania [9]
20 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss House show September 17, 2010 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania [10]
21 Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss House show September 23, 2010 New York City, New York Mick Foley was the special guest referee [11]
22 Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer House show September 25, 2010 Rahway, New Jersey [12]
23 Rob Van Dam defeated Abyss Bound for Glory October 10, 2010 Daytona Beach, Florida [13]
24 Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss House show October 15, 2010 Racine, Wisconsin [14]
25 Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss House show October 16, 2010 Dubuque, Iowa [15]
26 Tommy Dreamer defeated Abyss House show October 17, 2010 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Mick Foley was the special guest referee [16]
27 Abyss defeated Sabu House show October 21, 2010 Grand Rapids, Michigan [17]
28 Abyss defeated Sabu House show October 22, 2010 Cadillac, Michigan [18]
29 Abyss defeated Sabu House show October 23, 2010 Saginaw, Michigan [19]
30 Abyss defeated Sabu House show October 24, 2010 Port Huron, Michigan [20]
31 Abyss defeated Tommy Dreamer House show April 9, 2011 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [21]
32 Abyss defeated Bully Ray Genesis January 8, 2012 Orlando, Florida As per stipulation of the match, had Abyss lost, he would have had to rejoin Immortal
33 Joseph Park defeated Judas Mesias (w/ James Mitchell) One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2 July 5, 2013 Orlando, Florida
34 Joseph Park defeated Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) Impact Wrestling December 26, 2013 Orlando, Florida
35 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss One Night Only: #OldSchool February 7, 2014 Poughkeepsie, New York
36 Abyss defeated Eric Young Impact Wrestling February 6, 2014 Glasgow, Scotland
37 Eric Young (c) defeated Abyss Impact Wrestling April 17, 2014 Orlando, Florida The TNA World Heavyweight Championship was on the line
38 Magnus and Bram defeated Abyss and Willow Impact Wrestling June 26, 2014 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
39 Bram defeated Abyss Impact Wrestling August 7, 2014 New York, New York
40 Bram defeated Abyss One Night Only: Turning Point January 9, 2015 Charlottesville, Virginia
41 Eric Young defeated Abyss One Night Only: Rivals February 6, 2015 Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
42 Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss Impact Wrestling January 30, 2015 New York, New York
43 Matt Hardy defeated Abyss One Night Only: Hardcore Justice 2015 February 13, 2015 Orlando, Florida
44 Abyss defeated Grado One Night Only: Live! January 8, 2016 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
45 The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) (c) defeated Decay (Crazzy Steve & Abyss) (w/ Rosemary) Impact Wrestling February 16, 2016 Manchester, England Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
46 Decay (Abyss & Crazzy Steve) (c) (w/ Rosemary) defeated The BroMans (Robbie E & Jessie Godderz) (w/ Raquel) Impact Wrestling July 28, 2016 Orlando, Florida Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
47 Rosemary (c) defeated Jade Impact Wrestling: Genesis January 26, 2017 Orlando, Florida Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship
48 Abyss (w/ James Mitchell) defeated Grado Impact Wrestling: Bound for Glory 2017 November 5, 2017 Ottawa, Canada As part of the story line, since Grado lost, his work visa is terminated and must leave the U.S.
49 Kongo Kong defeated Abyss Impact Wrestling March 22 2018
50 Eli Drake defeated Abyss Impact Wrestling Homecoming January 6, 2019 Nashville, Tennessee

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 to face Jimmy Havock in Melbourne, Australia in a Monsters Ball match at World Series Wrestling.


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