The Proving Ground match is based on the classic Battle Royal match, in which a number of wrestlers aim at eliminating their competitors by tossing them over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor. The winner of the event is the last wrestler remaining after all others have been eliminated.

Match Rules[edit | edit source]

The Proving Ground match differs from the classical Battle Royal as the contestants do not enter the ring at the same time but instead are assigned entry numbers. The match begins with the two wrestlers who have drawn entry numbers one and two, with the remaining wrestlers entering the ring at regular timed intervals of 90 seconds, according to their entry number.

The Proving Ground match commonly involves thirty wrestlers and lasts about an hour. Although most eliminations are caused by active participants, eliminations caused by other means have occurred, and have been ruled legitimate, including elimination from previously-eliminated participants and elimination from non-participants. Furthermore, if an injured wrestler is taken away by medical staff, he can return to the match as long as the match is still ongoing, but if the match ends without the injured wrestler returning, he is deemed eliminated.

Proving Ground matches are generally stipulated to involve no disqualifications.

Proving Ground match History[edit | edit source]

Number Event Date City Venue Winner Entry Number
1 EWA Ground Zero 06/13/15 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena Lewis Rivers 30
2 EWA Ground Zero II 01/02/16 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Tommy Dreamer 2

Proving Ground match Records[edit | edit source]

Most Victories[edit | edit source]

Superstar Amount of Wins Seasons Won
Lewis Rivers 1 Season 1
Tommy Dreamer 1 Season 2

Longest Time in a single Proving Ground match[edit | edit source]

Top 10 individual longest times. As of Season 2's Proving Ground match

Number Superstar Time Season
1 Tommy Dreamer 1:01:39 Season 2
2 Bobby Mitchell 58:17 Season 2
3 Abyss 28:38 Season 1
4 Ryan Knight 21:10 Season 2

(Note: Bold indicates the winner of that Proving Ground match)

Shortest Time in a single Proving Ground match[edit | edit source]

Top 10 individual shortest times. Only people with 1 minute or less are shown. As of Season 2's Proving Ground match

Number Superstar Time Season
1 Joe Hennig 0:05 Season 2
2 Low Ki 0:06 Season 2
3 Billy Gunn 0:10 Season 1
4 Devon 0:38 Season 2
5 James Storm 0:45 Season 2
6 Low Ki 0:50 Season 1
7 Bobby Lashley 0:53 Season 1
8 Awesome Kong 0:57 Season 1

Most Eliminations in a Single Proving Ground match[edit | edit source]

Top superstars with most eliminations in a single match. Only superstars with at least five eliminations are shown. As of Season 2's Proving Ground match

Superstar Number of Eliminations Season
Bobby Mitchell 8 Season 2
Ryan Knight 6 Season 2
Sting 5 Season 1
Tommy Dreamer 5 Season 2
Undertaker 5 Season 1

Total Eliminations in cumulative Proving Ground matches[edit | edit source]

Top superstars with the most eliminations. Only superstars with at least six eliminations are shown. As of Season 2's Proving Ground match

Superstar Number of Eliminations Seasons Competed
Bobby Mitchell 8 1
Sting 7 2

Female Entrants[edit | edit source]

While not usually allowed to compete against Male Superstars, certain Starlets have entered the Proving Ground match

Starlet Proving Ground matches Eliminations
Awesome Kong 1 0
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