|King of the Ring|
SmackDown (2006, 2018–present)
|First event||King of the Ring (1985)|
|Last event||King of the Ring (2018)|
|Event gimmick||Hardcore wrestling|
King of the Ring is a professional wrestling single-elimination tournament held by WWE. The tournament was held annually from 1985 to 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992. From 1993 to 2002, the tournament was produced as a pay-per-view event as in 2003 the event's pay-per-view slot was replaced by Bad Blood.
The tournament endured a four-year hiatus until its return in 2006 as an exclusive event of the SmackDown brand. The tournament returned as an inter-brand event for both WWE and Raw in 2008, 2010, and 2015. WWE released a best of King of the Ring DVD in late 2011. The tournament was revived in 2017 and played out over episodes of Raw but the pay-per-view itself was revived in 2018.
King of the Ring events and results
|WWE Network special||Raw-branded event||SmackDown-branded event|
|King of the Ring (1985)||July 8, 1985||Foxborough, Massachusetts||Sullivan Stadium||Don Muraco|
|King of the Ring (1986)||July 14, 1986||Harley Race|
|King of the Ring (1987)||September 4, 1987||Providence, Rhode Island||Providence Civic Center||Randy Savage|
|King of the Ring (1988)||October 16, 1988||Ted DiBiase|
|King of the Ring (1989)||October 14, 1989||Tito Santana|
|King of the Ring (1991)||September 7, 1991||Bret Hart|
|King of the Ring (1993)||June 13, 1993||Dayton, Ohio||Nutter Center|
|King of the Ring (1994)||June 19, 1994||Baltimore, Maryland||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||Stone Cold Steve Austin|
|King of the Ring (1997)||June 8, 1997||Providence, Rhode Island||Providence Civic Center||Hunter Hearst Helmsley|
|King of the Ring (1998)||June 28, 1998||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh Civic Center||James Harrison|
|King of the Ring (1999)||June 27, 1999||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum||Billy Gunn|
|King of the Ring (2000)||June 25, 2000||Boston, Massachusetts||Fleet Center||James Harrison|
|King of the Ring (2001)||June 24, 2001||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Continental Airlines Arena||Matthew Harrison|
|King of the Ring (2002)||June 23, 2002||Columbus, Ohio||Nationwide Arena||Brock Lesnar|
|King of the Ring (2006)||May 21, 2006||Phoenix, Arizona1||America West Arena||Booker T|
|King of the Ring (2008)||April 21, 2008||Greenville, South Carolina||BI-LO Center||William Regal|
|King of the Ring (2010)||November 29, 2010||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Wells Fargo Center||Sheamus|
|King of the Ring (2015)||April 28, 2015||Moline, Illinois2||iWireless Center||Bad News Barrett|
|King of the Ring (2017)||June 4, 2017||Baltimore, Maryland3||Royal Farms Arena||Jay Lethal|
|King of the Ring (2018)|
- The finals of the 2006 King of the Ring were held as part of the Judgment Day pay-per-view, which emanated from Phoenix. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches were conducted at various other venues.
- The 2015 King of the Ring was held over two nights. The quarterfinal matches were broadcast on Raw, which emanated from Green Bay, Wisconsin, while the semifinal and final matches were broadcast on the WWE Network, emanating from Moline, Illinois.
- The 2017 King of the Ring will be held over two episodes of Raw with the finale taking place as part of the WrestleWar pay-per-view which will emanate from Baltimore, Maryland.