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A Gauntlet for the Gold match is a battle royal-style professional wrestling match used in Impact Wrestling (formerly Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, TNA). The final portion of the match consists of the last two competitors squaring off in a standard singles match in which victory must be attained by pinfall and submission.

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Match formatEdit

Different from the other gauntlet matches, in which one competitor faces several others in turn, the Gauntlet for the Gold match is very similar to WWE's Royal Rumble match. It consists of two competitors beginning the match in the ring, followed by competitors entering the ring at timed intervals. Elimination is in the standard battle royal format in which a competitor must go over the top rope and hit the floor in order to be eliminated. If a wrestler falls to the floor without going over the top rope or is thrown over the top but does not fall to the floor, the competitor may re-enter the ring and continue the match.

The final portion of the match consists of the last two competitors squaring off in a regular singles match in which victory must be attained by pinfall or submission.

The Gauntlet for the Gold usually involves a double digit number of wrestlers, and the prize is usually either a championship or a championship match.

VariationsEdit

There is a tag team variation of the Gauntlet for the Gold. A single wrestler enters one at a time at predetermined intervals. When all but two competitors are eliminated, the partners of the two survivors return and the match becomes a standard tag team match.

On October 23, 2005, at Bound for Glory 2005, the Gauntlet for the Gold Match was fought as completely elimination-only, since the winner had to immediately face the NWA World Heavyweight Champion for the title.

There was also an Ultimate X Gauntlet at Victory Road (2007) with over-the-top-rope rules and after all 10 participants entered the match, it became a standard Ultimate X match, with the remaining entrants in the match competing in it.

Match historyEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date (aired) and Location
1 Ken Shamrock defeated Malice Gauntlet Final For the NWA World Heavyweight Championship NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #1 June 19, 2002
Huntsville, AL[1]
2 America's Most Wanted defeated Brian Lee and Ron Harris Gauntlet Final For the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #12 September 18, 2002
Nashville, TN[2]
3 Jeff Jarrett defeated Ron Killings Gauntlet Final For the NWA World Heavyweight Championship NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #105 July 7, 2004
Nashville, TN[3]
4 Petey Williams defeated Amazing Red Gauntlet Final For the vacant TNA X Division Championship NWA-TNA Weekly PPV #110 August 11, 2004
Nashville, TN[4]
5 Abyss defeated Ron Killings Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Hard Justice (2005) May 15, 2005
Orlando, FL[5]
6 Rhino defeated Jeff Jarrett Gauntlet Final For the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Bound for Glory (2005) October 23, 2005
Orlando, FL[6]
7 Samoa Joe defeated Tomko Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Impact February 15, 2007
Orlando, FL[7]
8 A.J. Styles and Tomko defeated Motor City Machine Guns Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship No Surrender (2007) September 9, 2007
Orlando, FL[8]
9 Gail Kim defeated Roxxi Laveaux Gauntlet Final For the TNA Women's Knockout Championship Bound for Glory (2007) October 14, 2007
Duluth, GA[9]
10 Motor City Machine Guns defeated Team 3D Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship TNA Impact January 3, 2008
Orlando, FL[10]
11 ODB defeated Roxxi Laveaux Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship TNA Impact January 3, 2008
Orlando, FL[11]
12 Petey Williams defeated Senshi Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact January 3, 2008
Orlando, FL[12]
13 Christian Cage defeated Samoa Joe Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Impact January 3, 2008
Orlando, FL[13]
14 Sojournor Bolt defeated Madison Rayne Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship TNA Impact February 12, 2009
Orlando, FL[14]
15 Tyrus defeated Mr. Anderson Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Bound for Glory (2015) October 4, 2015
Concord, NC[15]
16 Awesome Kong defeated Madison Rayne Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship TNA One Night Only: Live January 8, 2016
Bethlehem, PA
17 Gail Kim defeated Sienna Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship Impact Wrestling September 15, 2016
Orlando, FL
18 Eli Drake defeated Tyrus Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Bound for Glory (2016) October 2, 2016
Orlando, FL
19 ODB defeated Madison Rayne Gauntlet Final #1 Contenders Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship Impact Wrestling April 6, 2017
Orlando, FL
20 Eli Drake defeated Eddie Edwards Gauntlet Final Match for the GFW Global Championship Impact! August 24, 2017
Orlando, FL

List of Gauntlet for the Gold winnersEdit

Wrestler Date Event
Ken Shamrock June 19, 2002 NWA-TNA Weekly Pay-per-view #1
America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) September 18, 2002 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view #12
Jeff Jarrett July 7, 2004 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view #105
Petey Williams August 11, 2004 NWA-TNA Weekly pay-per-view #110
Abyss May 15, 2005 Hard Justice (2005)
Rhino October 23, 2005 Bound for Glory (2005)
Samoa Joe February 15, 2007 TNA Impact
Christian's Coalition (A.J. Styles and Tomko) September 9, 2007 No Surrender (2007)
Gail Kim October 14, 2007 Bound for Glory (2007)
Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) January 3, 2008 TNA Impact
ODB January 3, 2008 TNA Impact
Petey Williams (2) January 3, 2008 TNA Impact
Christian Cage January 3, 2008 TNA Impact
Sojournor Bolt February 12, 2009 TNA Impact
Tyrus October 4, 2015 Bound for Glory (2015)
Awesome Kong January 8, 2016 TNA One Night Only: Live
Gail Kim (2) September 15, 2016 Impact Wrestling
Eli Drake October 2, 2016 Bound for Glory (2016)
ODB (2) April 6, 2017 Impact Wrestling
Eli Drake (2) August 24, 2017 Impact!

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NWA-TNA 6/19/2002 results".
  2. ^ "NWA-TNA - 9/18/02 Results".
  3. ^ "NWA-TNA - 7/7/04 results".
  4. ^ "NWA-TNA - 8/11/04 results".
  5. ^ "Hard Justice 2005 results".
  6. ^ "Bound For Glory 2005 results".
  7. ^ "TNA Impact 2/15/07 - Results".
  8. ^ "TNA No surrender 2007 9/9/07 - Results".
  9. ^ "CALDWELL'S TNA BOUND FOR GLORY REPORT 10/14: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live PPV".
  10. ^ "TNA Impact - 1/3/08 Results".
  11. ^ "TNA Impact - 1/3/08 Results".
  12. ^ "TNA Impact - 1/3/08 Results".
  13. ^ "TNA Impact - 1/3/08 Results".
  14. ^ "TNA Impact - 2/12/09 Results".
  15. ^ "TNA Bound For Glory Results (10/4) – New #1 Contender 'Bound For Gold', EY vs Angle, New World Champion!".