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.
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.
|Abyss / Joseph Park*||19||49|
|Jeff Hardy / Willow*||9||11|
|Rob Van Dam||1||1|
|Brother Ray / Bully Ray*||0||2|
- 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
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. 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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