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).
However, the locked away stipulation was simply forgotten about and not mentioned since the 5th 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 has been a total of four official matches, plus two occurring on TNA non-televised "house shows" and one match dubbed "Monster's Ball" by an non-affiliated company, although it featured TNA wrestler Abyss. There is apparently no set number of wrestlers although it is generally four. The smallest official match was three people and there was a one-on-one match at a TNA house show.
|No.||Event, Date and Location||Match||Details|
|I|| Victory Road (2004)|
November 7, 2004,
|Monty Brown defeated Raven and Abyss||Brown pinned Raven after a Pounce through a table.|
|II|| Bound for Glory (2005)|
October 23, 2005,
|Rhino defeated Abyss, Sabu and Jeff Hardy||Rhino pinned Hardy after a Rhino Driver off the middle rope.|
|III|| TNA House Show|
June 10, 2006,
Wayne, New Jersey
|Samoa Joe defeated Abyss and Rhino||(unofficial) Joe forced Rhino to submit with the Coquina Clutch.|
|IV|| TNA House Show|
August 24, 2006,
|Rhino defeated Abyss||(unofficial) Rhino pinned Abyss after a Gore through a table.|
|V|| Bound for Glory (2006)|
October 22, 2006,
Plymouth Township, Michigan
|Samoa Joe defeated Brother Runt, Raven and Abyss (w/Jake Roberts as Special Guest Referee)||Joe pinned Raven after a Muscle Buster.|
|VI|| Bound for Glory (2007)|
October 14, 2007,
|Abyss defeated Raven, Black Reign and Rhino||Abyss pinned Raven after a Black Hole Slam onto a pile of broken glass and thumbtacks.|
|VII|| Bound for Glory IV|
October 12, 2008,
|Abyss and Matt Morgan vs. Beer Money, Inc (Robert Roode and James Storm) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, with Steve "Mongo" McMicheal as the special referee||Yet to occur|
The events leading to the Monster's Ball began on the September 29, 2004 episode of TNA iMPACT!, when then-TNA Director of Authority Vince Russo announced that a four man tournament would be held to determine the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, with the winner receiving a title shot against then-champion Jeff Jarrett at Victory Road. On the October 8 episode of iMPACT!, Jeff Hardy defeated Abyss and Monty Brown defeated Raven to advance to the tournament finals. On October 15, Hardy pinned Brown to win the tournament in a match that saw both Abyss and Raven interfere.
On October 22, both Raven and Abyss attacked Brown after he defeated a jobber in a squash match. This led to the Monster's Ball match being scheduled for Victory Road. On November 5, two days before the match, Abyss revealed to Brown that the sack which he had carried with him for the past several weeks was full of thumbtacks.
The Monster's Ball saw Brown pin Raven after Pouncing him through a table. In the course of the match, Abyss attempted to superplex Brown onto a pile of thumbtacks, but was instead powerbombed onto the thumbacks himself by Raven. The match was observed by a hooded figure, later revealed to be the returning James Mitchell.
The second Monster's Ball was scheduled after both Abyss and Sabu interfered in a match between Jeff Hardy and Rhino on the October 1, 2005 episode of iMPACT!. In the weeks prior to the match, Rhino defeated Sabu on October 15, while Abyss teamed with Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown to defeat Hardy, A.J. Styles and Lance Hoyt on October 22.
Rhino pinned Hardy to win the match following a Rhino-Driver off the middle rope. During the course of the match, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb onto Abyss, putting him through a table in the process, from a height of approximately thirty feet.