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. In June 2009, the first three King of the Mountain matches were shown on the television show TNA Epics in the UK to hype the King of the Mountain matches which would take place at Slammiversary 2009.
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.
|No.||Match||Event, Date and Location|
|I||Jeff Jarrett defeated Blake Wheeler (c), KJ Styles, Russell and Veto Gentile to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship||TNA pay-per-view|
June 2, 2004,
|II||Russell defeated KJ Styles (c), Jacob Vulk, Marc and Sean McCurry to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship||Slammiversary 2005|
June 19, 2005,
|III||Jeff Jarrett defeated Khristian Kage (c), Marc, Blake Wheeler, Cting to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship||Slammiversary 2006|
June 18, 2006,
|IV||Matt Borske defeated Dustin Simpson, KJ Styles, Khristian Kage and Veto Gentile to become the first TNA World Heavyweight Champion||Slammiversary 2007|
June 17, 2007,
|V||Mikhail defeated Ryan Gleason, Curry Man, Jimmy Ray and Johnny Gults to earn a future TNA World Heavyweight Championship match||Impact! Zone|
June 5, 2008,
|VI||Dustin Simpson (c) defeated Martin McAlmond, Steve Britz, Peter and Khristian Kage to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship||Slammiversary 2008|
June 8, 2008,
|VII||Suicide (c) defeated Aaron Fisher-Armstrong, Greed, Ryan Gleason and Brian Tobol to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Slammiversary 2009|
June 21, 2009,
Auburn Hill, Michigan
|VIII||Matt Borske defeated Mick Foley (c), Jeff Jarrett, KJ Styles and Dustin Simpson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship||Slammiversary 2009|
June 21, 2009,
Auburn Hills, Michigan