2015 is proving to be a great year for pro-wrestling fans. Ring of Honor have joined TNA Impact on Destination America state side on Wednesday nights, Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling have started running their first live shows and the WWE continues to grow internationally hugely aided by the once heavily criticized WWE Network.
But still negative press and stories are rampant in the wrestling business as it strives to reach the heights of the bygone Attitude era. Those stories are for a different place and time, as many of those stories are nothing more than rumours and none as yet have been substantiated.
So, with GiveMeSport.com learning that TNA Impact Wrestling had two huge announcements about the upcoming Slammiversary 2015 pay-per-view on June 28, it was only right to share them with you.
Firstly, after six years, a move that was greeted online by fans with nothing but approval is that TNA President Dixie Carter has announced that the famed King of the Mountain match up will be returning once again on June 28.
The match is expected to open the anniversary event in Orlando, Florida and feature the stars of the X-Division including the UK talents of Mark Andrews, Rockstar Spud and Grado. The Scottish star made his return to the company a few weeks ago and escaped a three-way match with Kenny King and Cruz as the winner.
Of course, GMS could be wrong but with the Wolves and Dirty Heels heading into Full Metal Mayhem this Wednesday night June 24 (USA and Canada) or Sunday June 28 (UK and Ireland), the X decision is the favorite to take the King of the Mountain spot light.
ImpactWrestling.com has issued the rules of the match up for new and old fans alike below –
King of the Mountain Rules -
• The match consists of 5 competitors who begin ineligible to win. In order to become eligible one must score a submission or pinfall where falls count anywhere.
• Once eligible the competitor must retrieve the belt from the official while the person who was pinned or submitted must spend 2 minutes in the “penalty box” cage.
• Multiple competitors can be locked in the penalty box resulting in alliances or the fight continuing.
• Once the belt is in play any other wrestler who is eligible may steal the belt, if at any point the belt is dropped it goes back to the official.
• An eligible competitor hangs the belt on a hook suspended 15 feet above the ring via a ladder to win the match.
One of the best King of the Ring match-ups in bygone years was back in 2005 when ex WWE, ECW and WCW performer Raven finally and deservedly captured the a World Title for the first time in his impressive career.
Also, the event is set to make a small bit of UK wrestling television history. As Slammiversary 2015 is going to be broadcast live, sorry, LIVE, across the UK and Ireland for FREE. (Sky (145), Freeview (46), Virgin Media (139) and Freesat (145) from 1am (British Summer Time) Monday 29.
The last time we can recall this happening was WWE’s Royal Rumble 2000, which fans will remember for Triple H beating Mick Foley via a Pedigree into Thumb Tacks to retain his World Title and Mae Young exposing her assets to the New York crowd in the Miss Rumble competition.
Stephen Ladlow, Director of Challenge, has said –
“Challenge viewers can’t get enough of the exciting fast-paced action of TNA Impact Wrestling and we are always looking for ways to give them more of what they love on screen.”
"It is a testament to the long standing partnership with TNA, that Challenge can bring its viewers a summer of special wrestling starting with Slammiversary live in June, followed by an array of high-profile classic TNA PPV broadcasts throughout July. There really is something for every wrestling fan exclusively on Challenge.”
Are you looking forward to TNA Impact Wrestling’s Slammivesary event? Let us at GMS know via the comment section.