On the June 1 episode of Meltdown, Chris LeGreca defeated Martin McAlmond in a number one contender's match, thus becoming the number one contender for Steve Johnson's IWF Championship and beginning their feud.The following week on Meltdown, Chris LeGreca, Mankind, and Martin McAlmond interrupted a segment with Steve Johnson and Grant Mayer, and attacked Steve Joshnson. They placed him in a casket, which was carried by druids during Martin McAlmond's entrance. Steve Johnson and LeGreca further enhanced their feud by Steve Johnson and LeGreca brawling on top of a lowered Cell, on the June 15 episode of Meltdown. The following week on Meltdown, Paul Bearer announced that LeGreca and Steve Johnson would contest their championship match at King of the Ring, in a First Blood match. At King of the Ring, LeGreca successfully defeated Steve Johnson for the IWF Championship, thus becoming IWF Champion for the first time. However, LeGreca lost the championship back to Steve Johnson the next night on Meltdown.