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King of the Ring
is a professional wrestling single-elimination tournament held by WWE For Extreme. The tournament was held annually from 1985 to 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992, and from 1993 to 2002 the tournament was produced as a pay-per-view event.

The tournament endured a four year hiatus, until it returned in 2006 as an interpromotional event.


HistoryEdit

King of the Ring winners
Year Winner
1985 Don Muraco
1986 Harley Race
1987 Randy Savage
1988 Ted DiBiase
1989 Tito Santana
1991 Bret Hart
1993 Bret Hart
1994 Owen Hart
1995 Mabel
1996 Steve Austin
1997 Hunter Hearst Helmsley
1998 Ken Shamrock
1999 Billy Gunn
2000 Kurt Angle
2001 Edge
2002 Brock Lesnar
2006 Kane
2007 Finals never took place
2008 Eve Torres

Although the King of the Ring tournament was first made into a pay-per-view event in 1993, the original King of the Ring tournament was actually held in 1985. Don Muraco was the first King of the Ring in 1985. The second King, Harley Race, is noted for parlaying his King of the Ring victory into his "King of Wrestling" gimmick. Other winners who did the same include Randy Savage ("Macho King") though Savage's "King" gimmick was the result of defeating Jim Duggan for the crown in 1989, Owen Hart ("King of Harts"), Mabel ("King Mabel" ), Kurt Angle ("King Kurt"), Edge ("King Edge The Awesome") are all wrestlers that took on "King" nicknames after winning King of the Ring tournaments.

Pay-per-viewEdit

The King of the Ring was an event in which typically sixteen wrestlers wrestled in a one-on-one single elimination bracket. When a wrestler wins a match in the bracket, they advance to take on another wrestler that has also won. The final few matches would then take place at that year's King of the Ring event. The winner of the final match is officially crowned the King of the Ring. There were also other matches that took place at the King of the Ring event since it was a traditional three hour pay-per-view.

While some believe that the new King of the Ring traditionally receives a WWF/WWE Championship shot at the SummerSlam pay-per-view, this only became an established rule in 2002, for what would become the final King of the Ring tournament for 4 years until SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long brought it back in 2006. Only four kings went on to challenge for the championship at SummerSlam (Owen Hart, Mabel, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar) and only in Lesnar's case was the challenger granted a title shot as a "right" after winning the King of the Ring. More important than an actual title shot was the prestige of winning the tournament itself; in general, the winner of the King of the Ring is a wrestler whom management has picked to advance in the storylines and be the next breakout star. In fact, Steve Austin's famous "Austin 3:16" saying started during a speech made after he became the King of the Ring. A number of wrestlers have had huge successes after winning the tournament (in particular Steve Austin, but also Bret Hart, Kurt Angle, Edge, Triple H, and others), while some wrestlers have admittedly been flops as king (such as Mabel) or received little to no push after winning (such as Billy Gunn), and continued to be treated as lower card wrestlers after winning the tournament, even though Mabel challenged for the World title and Gunn went on to win the Intercontinental Championship a year later.

From 1993 to 2002, the King of the Ring was considered the fifth major WWF PPV (alongside the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series).

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RevivalEdit

It was announced in April 2007 that the King of the Ring tournament would be returning after its five year hiatus. The 2007 tournament was never finished past the finals, so a winner was never decided,it was decided in the April, 2008, that the tournament would be held through following months.

King of the Ring pay-per-view event dates and venuesEdit

Event Date City Venue Winner
King of the Ring (1993) June 13, 1993 Dayton, Ohio Nutter Center Bret Hart
King of the Ring (1994) June 19, 1994 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Owen Hart
King of the Ring (1995) June 25, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum Mabel
King of the Ring (1996) June 23, 1996 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena Steve Austin
King of the Ring (1997) June 8, 1997 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Hunter Hearst Helmsley
King of the Ring (1998) June 28, 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Ken Shamrock
King of the Ring (1999) June 27, 1999 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Mr. Ass
King of the Ring (2000) June 25, 2000 Boston, Massachusetts Fleet Center Kurt Angle
King of the Ring (2001) June 24, 2001 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena Edge
King of the Ring (2002) June 23, 2002 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Brock Lesnar
King of the Ring (2006) August 14–27, 2006 See Cities See Venues Kane
King of the Ring (2007) June 16-30, 2007 See Cities See Venues Finals were never held

Non pay-per-view event resultsEdit

1985Edit

The tournament was held on July 8, 1985 at the Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Don Muraco
 Junkyard Dog
Don Muraco
Les Thornton
 Les Thornton
 Steve Lombardi
Don Muraco
Pedro Morales
 Paul Orndorff DDQ
 Bob Orton, Jr. DDQ
BYE
Pedro Morales
 Pedro Morales
 Johnny V
Don Muraco
Iron Sheik
 Tito Santana DQ
 Terry Funk
Tito Santana Draw
Jim Brunzell Coin Toss
 Jim Brunzell
 The Spoiler
Jim Brunzell
Iron Sheik
 Ricky Steamboat
 

Greg Valentine

Ricky Steamboat
Iron Sheik
 Iron Sheik
 B. Brian Blair

1. ^ Tito Santana fought Jim Brunzell to a draw; Brunzell then won a coin toss to determine who would continue in the tournament.

1986Edit

The tournament was held on July 14, 1986 at the Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Mr. X2
Billy Jack Haynes
 Billy Jack Haynes
 Iron Sheik
Billy Jack Haynes
Harley Race CO
 Harley Race DQ
 George Steele
Harley Race
BYE
 Don Muraco Draw
 Roddy Piper 20:00
Harley Race
Pedro Morales
 Nikolai Volkoff
 Dan Spivey
Nikolai Volkoff Sub
The Junkyard Dog
 Junkyard Dog DQ
 Paul Orndorff
Nikolai Volkoff
Pedro Morales
 Pedro Morales
 Rudy Diamond
Pedro Morales
 Mike Rotundo

1. ^ Rudy Diamond was a substitute for Bob Orton.
2. ^ Mr. X was a substitute for Hercules Hernandez.

1987Edit

The tournament was held on September 4, 1987 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Haku
 Brutus Beefcake
Haku Draw
Rick Martel Draw
 Rick Martel
 Dan Spivey
BYE
King Kong Bundy
 King Kong Bundy CO
 One Man Gang
King Kong Bundy
Special Delivery Jones
 Special Delivery Jones
 Sika
King Kong Bundy
Randy Savage
 Danny Davis CO
 Tito Santana
Danny Davis
The Junkyard Dog
 Junkyard Dog
 Tama
Danny Davis
Randy Savage
 Jim Brunzell
 Ron Bass
Jim Brunzell
Randy Savage
 Randy Savage
 Nikolai Volkoff

1988Edit

The tournament was held on October 16, 1988 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Ken Patera Pin
 Nikolai Volkoff 10:20
Ken Patera Pin
Ted DiBiase 5:42
 Brutus Beefcake Pin
 Ted DiBiase 7:32
Ted DiBiase Forfeit
Ron Bass
 The Barbarian DQ
 Ron Bass 7:02
Ron Bass Pin
Shawn Michaels 7:39
 Danny Davis Pin
 Shawn Michaels 3:37
 Ted DiBiase CO
Randy Savage 6:11
 Bad News Brown DCO
 Hercules 6:05
BYE
Randy Savage
 Randy Savage Pin
 Virgil 5:43
Randy Savage Pin
The Red Rooster 7:21
 Marty Jannetty Pin
 The Red Rooster 11:00
The Red Rooster Sub
Iron Mike Sharpe 3:27
 Mike Sharpe Pin
 Boris Zhukov 6:27

1. ^ Mike Sharpe substituted for The Warlord.
2. ^ DiBiase paid Bass off to fake an injury.

1989Edit

The tournament was held on October 14, 1989 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Akeem
 Brutus Beefcake
Akeem
BYE
 Hercules DDQ
 Jim Neidhart DDQ
Akeem
Tito Santana
 The Warlord
 Bushwhacker Butch
The Warlord
Tito Santana
 Tito Santana
 Bad News Brown
Tito Santana
Rick Martel
 Rick Martel
 Bill Woods
Rick Martel
Bushwhacker Luke
 Bushwhacker Luke
 Nikolai Volkoff
Rick Martel
Jimmy Snuka
 Jimmy Snuka
 The Barbarian
Jimmy Snuka
Haku
 Haku
 The Red Rooster

1. ^ Bill Woods substituted for Barry Windham.

1991Edit

The tournament was held on September 7, 1991 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The tournament brackets were:

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
 Hawk DQ
 Jerry Sags 3:02
Jerry Sags
BYE
 Ricky Steamboat Draw
 Ted DiBiase 15:00
Jerry Sags Pin
Irwin R. Schyster 1:22
 Jim Duggan Pin
 Brian Knobbs 5:04
Jim Duggan Pin
Irwin R. Schyster 3:16
 The Berzerker CO
 Irwin R. Schyster 2:51
Irwin R. Schyster Pin
Bret Hart 10:00
 Pete Doherty Sub
 Bret Hart 0:33
Bret Hart Sub
Skinner 4:47
 Skinner Pin
 Virgil 5:02
Bret Hart
BYE
 Sid Justice Pin
 The Warlord 3:23
The Undertaker DDQ
Sid Justice 4:08
 Animal Pin
 The Undertaker 3:40

1. ^ Pete Doherty substituted for Kerry Von Erich.

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