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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

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

Most Gauntlet for the Gold victoriesEdit

Wrestler Wins
Petey Williams 2
Gail Kim
ODB
Eli Drake

Most times being a Gauntlet for the Gold runner-upEdit

Wrestler Times
Madison Rayne 3
Ron Killings 2
Roxxi Laveaux

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!".
  16. ^ "411MANIA". Csonka’s TNA One Night Only: Live Review 1.08.16. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  17. ^ Staff, PWMania com. "TNA Impact Wrestling Results - September 15, 2016". PWMania. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  18. ^ McMahon, Mike. "10/2 TNA Bound for Glory PPV: McMahon's ongoing coverage – EC3 vs. Lashley, Decay vs. Broken Matt Hardy & Nero". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "IMPACT Wrestling Results: April 6, 2017 - Full Episode". Impact Wrestling. April 6, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  20. ^ "411MANIA". Csonka’s GFW Impact Review 8.24.17. Retrieved 2019-08-21.