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King of the Ring Tournament[]

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, who beat Haku ("King Haku" ). Owen Hart ("King of Harts"), Mabel ("King Mabel" ), Steve Britz ("King Britz"), and most recently William Kapphan are all wrestlers that took on "King" nicknames after winning King of the Ring tournaments.

Revival[]

It was announced in April 2006 that the King of the Ring tournament would be returning after its four year hiatus. The 2006 tournament was the first tournament since 1991 that had not been shown on pay-per-view. The 2006 tournament was won by Steve Britz, who faced Bobby in the finals at the Judgment Day pay-per-view event. After a brief hiatus in 2007, it was announced on the April 14, 2008 episode of Meltdown, that the tournament would be held the following week on a special three hour edition of Meltdown. The King of the Ring returned again on November 29, 2010.

King of the Ring Event Dates and Venues[]

Between 1993 and 2002 King of the Ring was produced as a Pay-Per-View event

Event Date City Venue Winner
King of the Ring (1985) July 8, 1985 Foxborough, Massachusetts Sulivan Stadium Don Muraco
King of the Ring (1986) July 14, 1986 Foxborough, Massachusetts Sulivan Stadium Harley Race
King of the Ring (1997) July 14, 1986 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Randy Savage
King of the Ring (1987) September 4, 1987 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Kyle Johnson Sr.
King of the Ring (1989) October 16, 1989 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Tito Santana
King of the Ring (1991) October 14, 1991 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Bret Hart
King of the Ring (1993) June 13, 1993 Daytona, Ohio Nutter Center Bret Hart
King of the Ring (1994) June 19, 1994 Baltimore, Mayland 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 Johnson
King of the Ring (1997) June 8, 1997 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Triple K
King of the Ring (1998) June 28, 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Ken
King of the Ring (1999) June 27, 1999 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Billy Morgan
King of the Ring (2000) June 25, 2000 Boston, Massachusetts Fleet Center Matt Borske
King of the Ring (2001) June 24, 2001 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena Chris Gomez
King of the Ring (2002) June 23, 2002 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Rob Truax
King of the Ring (2006) April 21–May 21, 2006 See Cities See Venues Steve Britz
King of the Ring (2008) April 21, 2008 Greenville. South Carolina BI-LO Center William Kapphan
King of the Ring (2010) November 29, 2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Garrett Joseph
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