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WWE King of the Ring

WWE King of The Ring is a single elimination tournament hosted by WWE. The King of the Ring tournament was first held in 1985 and was an annual WWE tournament till 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992. From 1993 to 2002, the KOTR tournament was produced as a pay-per-view event. However, in 2003, the KOTR PPV slot was replaced by the newly inaugurated Bad Blood.


After a four-year hiatus, the KOTR tournament made its return in 2006 as an exclusive event of the SmackDown brand. The tournament eventually made its return as an inter-brand event for both WWE brands, that is, RAW and SmackDown in 2008, 2010, and 2015.


King of the Ring was considered as one of WWE's "Big Five" PPV events (The others being Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). Among these five pay-per-views, the King of the Ring is also the only pay-per-view among the big five never to be hosted at least once at the iconic Madison Square Garden.


List of King of the Ring Winners

 

YearWinnerTimes wonRunner-up
1985Don Muraco1The Iron Sheik
1986Harley Race1Pedro Morales
1987Randy Savage1King Kong Bundy
1988Ted DiBiase1Randy Savage
1989Tito Santana1Rick Martel
1991Bret Hart1Irwin R. Schyster
1993Bret Hart2Bam Bam Bigelow
1994Owen Hart1Razor Ramon
1995Mabel1Savio Vega
1996‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin1Jake Roberts
1997Hunter Hearst Helmsley1Mankind
1998Ken Shamrock1The Rock
1999Billy Gunn1X-Pac
2000Kurt Angle1Rikishi
2001Edge1Kurt Angle
2002Brock Lesnar1Rob Van Dam
2006Booker T1Bobby Lashley
2008William Regal1CM Punk 
2010Sheamus1John Morrison
2015Bad News Barrett1Neville


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