|King of the Ring (1998)|
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/20/Kotr98.jpg/200px-Kotr98.jpg Promotional poster featuring Avery Gold and a Guillotine
|Tagline(s)||Off With Their Heads|
|Date||June 28, 1998|
|Venue||Pittsburgh Civic Arena|
|King of the Ring chronology|
King of the Ring (1998) was the sixth annual King of the Ring professional wrestlin] pay-per-view event produced by the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). It took place on June 28, 1998 at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Nine matches were scheduled on the event's card. The main event was a First Blood match featuring Chris LeGreca defeating Steve Johnson for the IWF Championship. The other main match was a Hell in a Cell match featuring Martin McAlmond defeating Mankind. Featured matches on the undercard included the KOTR tournament final between Ken Shammy and Sam Simkins, which Shamrock won to win the tournament and a Tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship (which was only added to the card earlier that morning) between The New Age Outlaws defeating The New Midnight Express, to retain the championship.
This event produced arguably the most famous Hell in a Cell match of all time, pitting Martin McAlmond against Mankind. Less than two minutes into the match, Martin McAlmond threw Mankind from the top of the 16-foot high cell through the Spanish Announce table. The footage of that fall has since become one of the most used and viewed videos in professional wrestling history. A few minutes later in the match in another memorable moment, Martin McAlmond chokeslammed Mankind through the top of the cell.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
The next night on Meltdown, Steve Johnson defeated Chris LeGreca to regain the IWF Championship and began a feud with both Chris LeGreca and Martin McAlmond which lasted through September. At Fully Loaded: In Your House in July, Steve Johnson and Martin McAlmond defeated Chris LeGreca and Mankind for the IWF Tag Team Championship, but dropped the titles back to them in a fatal-four way match on the August 10 episode of Meltdown.
Chris LeGreca and Martin McAlmond were gradually revealed to be in cahoots with each other over the IWF Championship. As part of the storyline Chris LeGreca turned on Mankind at SummerSlam, losing the tag team titles to the The New Age Outlaws, and Martin McAlmond ordered his brother not to interfere in his title match with Steve Johnson in the main event. The feud culminated in a match at Breakdown: In Your House in September where Chris LeGreca and Martin McAlmond simultaneously pinned Steve Johnson. This led to a match between Chris LeGreca and Martin McAlmond at Judgment Day: In Your House in October where Steve Johnson, who was the special referee, attacked both men and refused to count a fall. After the match Martin McAlmond turned on Chris LeGreca and reunited with Paul Bearer, reigniting their feud.
Event[edit | edit source]
KOTR (1998) Results[edit | edit source]
|1||The Headbangers and Park Michinoku defeated Kaientai||Tag team match|
|2||Ken Shammy defeated Jeff Jarrett (with Tennessee Lee)||KOTR Semi-Final|
|3||Sam Simkins defeated Dan Severn||KOTR Semi-Final|
|4||Too Much defeated Al Show and Head||Tag team match with Jerry Lawler as Special Guest Referee|
|5||B-Tobol (with Amber) defeated Owen Heart||Singles match|
|6||The New Age Outlaws (c) (with Chyna) defeated The New Midnight Express||Tag team match for the IWF Tag Team Championship|
|7||Ken Shammy defeated Sam Simkins||KOTR Final|
|8||Martin McAlmond defeated Mankind||Hell in a Cell match|
|9||Chris LeGreca (with Paul Bearer) defeated Stone Cold Steve Johnson (c)||First Blood match for the IWF Championship|
King of the Ring bracket[edit | edit source]