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King of the Ring
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Promotion(s) WWF/E
Brand(s) Raw (2017–present)
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
Event Date City Venue Winner
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)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.