July 8, 1985 – Foxboro, MA
Winner: Don Muraco (over the Iron Sheik)
July 14, 1986 – Foxboro, MA
Winner: Harley Race (over Pedro Morales)
September 4, 1987 – Providence, RI
Winner: Randy Savage (over King Kong Bundy)
October 16, 1988 – Providence, RI
Winner: Ted DiBiase (over Randy Savage)
October 14, 1989 – Providence, RI
Winner: Tito Santana (over Rick Martel)
September 7, 1991 – Providence, RI
Winner: Bret Hart (over IRS)
Here’s a look back at the history of the King of the Ring tournament, and the results of every match held at the PPV.
1993: Quarterfinal matches: Bret Hart beat Razor Ramon by pinfall… Mr. Perfect defeated Mr. Hughes (with Harvey Wippleman) by DQ… Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Jim Duggan by pinfall… Tatanka wrestled Lex Luger to a time limit draw (eliminating both, and allowing Bam Bam Bigelow to reach the finals)… Semifinal match: Bret Hart defeated Mr. Perfect… Final: Bret Hart beat Bam Bam Bigelow (with Luna Vachon) to win the tournament… Non Tournament bouts: Papa Shango defeated Owen Hart in a bout not shown on PPV… The Smokin’ Gunns and The Steiner Brothers defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Money Inc. and The Headshrinkers (with Afa)… Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels (with Diesel) defeated Crush… Yokozuna pinned WWF Champion Hulk Hogan to win the title.
1994: King of the Ring Quarterfinal matches: Razor Ramon defeated Bam Bam Bigelow (with Luna Vachon)… Irwin R. Schyster pinned Mabel (with Oscar and Mo)… Owen Hart pinned Tatanka… 1-2-3 Kid pinned Jeff Jarrett… Semifinal matches: Razor Ramon pinned IRS… Owen Hart beat 1-2-3 Kid… Finals: Owen Hart (with Jim Neidhart) defeated Razor Ramon to become King of the Ring… In non tournament bouts: Sparky Plugg defeated Kwang (with Harvey Wippleman) in a match not shown on PPV… WWF Tag Team Champions The Headshrinkers (with Capt. Lou Albano & Afa) defeated Yokozuna and Crush (with Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji)… Roddy Piper defeated Jerry Lawler… WWF Intercontinental Champion Diesel defeated WWF Champion Bret Hart by DQ when Jim Neidhart interfered.
1995: In a King of the Ring Qualifying match to replace the injured Razor Ramon, Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated IRS (with Ted DiBiase).. King of the Ring Quarterfinal matches: Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated Yokozuna (with Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji) by countout… The Roadie (with Jeff Jarrett) defeated Bob Holly… Shawn Michaels and Kama wrestled to a 15 minute draw… Mabel (with Mo) defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)… Semifinal match: Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) defeated The Roadie (with Jeff Jarrett)… Final: Mabel (with Mo) defeated Savio Vega (with Razor Ramon) to win the King of the Ring… In non-tournament bouts: Bret Hart defeated Jerry Lawler in a “Kiss my foot” match… Diesel and Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Psycho Sid and Tatanka.
1996: King of the Ring Semifinal matches: Steve Austin pinned Marc Mero (with Sable)… Jake Roberts beat Vader (with Jim Cornette) by DQ.. Final: Steve Austin pinned Jake Roberts to win the King of the Ring… In non-tournament bouts: The Body Donnas beat The New & Improved Rockers in a bout not shown on PPV… WWF Tag Team Champions The Smokin’ Gunns (with Sunny) defeated The Godwinns (with Hillbilly Jim)… Ahmed Johnson defeated Intercontinental Champion Goldust (with Marlena) to win the title… The Ultimate Warrior pinned Jerry Lawler… Mankind defeated The Undertaker (with Paul Bearer)… WWF Champion Shawn Michaels pinned the British Bulldog (with Jim Cornette and Diana Smith).
1997: King of the Ring Semifinals: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) pinned Ahmed Johnson… Mankind defeated Jerry Lawler by submission… Finals: Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) defeated Mankind to become King… In non-tournament matches: The Headbangers defeated Bart Gunn & Jesse James in match not shown on PPV… Goldust defeated Crush… WWF World Tag Team Champions Owen Hart and the British Bulldog & Jim Neidhart defeated The Legion of Doom & Sycho Sid… Shawn Michaels battled Steve Austin to a no-contest… World Champion The Undertaker defeated Faarooq (with the Nation of Domination)
1998: King of the Ring Semifinals: Ken Shamrock defeated Jeff Jarrett… Rocky Maivia beat Dan Severn after D’Lo Brown interfered… Finals: Ken Shamrock defeated Rocky Maivia to win the King of the Ring… In Non-tournament matches: The Headbangers & WWF Light Heavyweight Champion TAKA Michinoku defeated Kaientai (with Yamaguchi San)… Too Much defeated Al Snow & Head (Jerry Lawler was the guest referee)… X-Pac pinned Owen Hart… WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws defeated NWA Tag Team Champions The New Midnight Express (with Jim Cornette)… The Undertaker defeated Mankind in a “Hell in a Cell” match… Kane defeated WWF Champion Steve Austin to win the title in a “first blood” match.
1999: Billy Gunn defeated X-Pac in the finals.
2000: Kurt Angle beat Rikishi in the finals.
2001: Edge over Kurt Angle in the finals.
2002: Brock Lesnar over Rob Van Dam in the finals.
2006: Booker T over Bobby Lashley at Judgment Day in the finals.
2008: William Regal defeated CM Punk in the finals of a single night tournament on Raw on April 21st.
2010: Sheamus defeated John Morrison in the finals of a single night tournament on Raw on November 29th.