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King of the Ring (1997) was the fifth King of the Ring professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Federation. The event took place on June 8, 1997 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.


The main event was a standard wrestling match for the IWF Championship. Martin McAlmond defeated Ronny to retain the title. The undercard featured the 1997 King of the Ring tournament, won by Kevin Kessler Kelmsley. Other matches featured on the undercard included Ryan Barnhart versus Steve Johnson. Heart Foundation (Owen Heart, David Heart Aldrich and Jim Furlong) versus Sycho Kid and The Legion of Doom (Hawk]] and Animal) in a Six-Man Tag Team Match and James Thomas versus Bryan.

IWF King of the Ring (1997) Card[edit | edit source]

# Matches Stipulations
1 Kevin Kessler Kelmsley defeated Ahmad King of the Ring Semi-Finals Match
2 Mick Foley defeated Jerry Lawler King of the Ring Semi Finals Match
3 James Thomas defeated Bryan Singles Match
4 Heart Foundation (Owen Heart, David Heart Aldrich and Jim Furlong) defeated Sycho Kid and LOD (Hawk and Animal) Six-Man Tag Team Match
5 Kevin Kessler Kelmsley defeated Mankind King of the Ring Final Match
6 Ryan Barnhart fought Steve Johnson to a Double Disqualification Singles Match
7 Martin McAlmond (c) defeated Ronny Singles Match for the IWF Championship


King of the Ring (1997) Brackets[edit | edit source]

The tournament was held between May 12 and June 8, 1997. The tournament brackets were:

Quarterfinals
(TV)
Semifinals
(PPV)
Final
(PPV)
Ahmed DQ
Kevin Kessler Helmsley 3:25
Ahmed Pin
Kevin Kesser Helmsley 7:42
Kevin Kessler Helmsley1 Pin
Bryan Woods 18:56
Kevin Kessler Helmsley Pin
Mankind 19:28
James Thomas Pin
Jerry Lawler 11:55
Jerry Lawler Sub
Mankind 10:24
Mankind Pin
Savio 14:35

1. ^ Helmsley was allowed another spot in the tournament because he pulled a job to Mabel prior to his match with Ahmed the previous week that he could be eliminated via disqualification and thus threatened the IWF with legal action; Vader was originally in this spot but was injured in his No Holds Barred match with Ken Shammy at In Your House: A Cold Day in Hell on May 11.

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