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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


Triple H could bring back 30-year-old popular WWE premium live event in 2023 - Reports
Triple H could bring back 30-year-old popular WWE premium live event in 2023 - Reports

Triple H could bring back 30-year-old popular WWE premium live event in 2023 - Reports

5 ways WWE can make a King of the Ring tournament significant again
5 ways WWE can make a King of the Ring tournament significant again

5 ways WWE can make a King of the Ring tournament significant again

Triple H reportedly set to bring back popular WWE 1980s style Premium Live Event
Triple H reportedly set to bring back popular WWE 1980s style Premium Live Event

Triple H reportedly set to bring back popular WWE 1980s style Premium Live Event

WWE could bring back iconic events, according to recent trademark filings
WWE could bring back iconic events, according to recent trademark filings

WWE could bring back iconic events, according to recent trademark filings

A Hall of Famer; a beast - 5 currently active WWE stars who have won WWE King of the Ring
A Hall of Famer; a beast - 5 currently active WWE stars who have won WWE King of the Ring

A Hall of Famer; a beast - 5 currently active WWE stars who have won WWE King of the Ring

5 WWE Superstars who should be the next King of the Ring
5 WWE Superstars who should be the next King of the Ring

5 WWE Superstars who should be the next King of the Ring

WWE and Triple H discussing bringing back King of the Ring as a premium live event - Reports
WWE and Triple H discussing bringing back King of the Ring as a premium live event - Reports

WWE and Triple H discussing bringing back King of the Ring as a premium live event - Reports

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley celebrates the anniversary of an iconic match with The Undertaker
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley celebrates the anniversary of an iconic match with The Undertaker

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley celebrates the anniversary of an iconic match with The Undertaker

5 biggest unexplained WWE unsolved mysteries
5 biggest unexplained WWE unsolved mysteries

5 biggest unexplained WWE unsolved mysteries

"I was threatening him" - Kurt Angle recalls almost intimidating 13-time champion before their match
"I was threatening him" - Kurt Angle recalls almost intimidating 13-time champion before their match

"I was threatening him" - Kurt Angle recalls almost intimidating 13-time champion before their match

Mick Foley posts throwback picture on the 24th anniversary of an iconic match
Mick Foley posts throwback picture on the 24th anniversary of an iconic match

Mick Foley posts throwback picture on the 24th anniversary of an iconic match

"It legitimizes you" - WWE legend on making Hulk Hogan tap out early in his career
"It legitimizes you" - WWE legend on making Hulk Hogan tap out early in his career

"It legitimizes you" - WWE legend on making Hulk Hogan tap out early in his career

"The first to get a can of whoop a**"- AEW star recalls legendary match against Steve Austin in WWE
"The first to get a can of whoop a**"- AEW star recalls legendary match against Steve Austin in WWE

"The first to get a can of whoop a**"- AEW star recalls legendary match against Steve Austin in WWE

"Vince McMahon was putting the rocket behind me" - 6-time World Champion talks about receiving a major push in WWE
"Vince McMahon was putting the rocket behind me" - 6-time World Champion talks about receiving a major push in WWE

"Vince McMahon was putting the rocket behind me" - 6-time World Champion talks about receiving a major push in WWE

William Regal opens up about WWE gimmick that almost cost him his family
William Regal opens up about WWE gimmick that almost cost him his family

William Regal opens up about WWE gimmick that almost cost him his family

AEW star on which legendary Bret Hart moment inspired him to be a pro wrestler
AEW star on which legendary Bret Hart moment inspired him to be a pro wrestler

AEW star on which legendary Bret Hart moment inspired him to be a pro wrestler

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5 things Cesaro has yet to accomplish in WWE

5 things Cesaro has yet to accomplish in WWE

"I could break every rib in my body" – Mick Foley almost had a comeback match inside Hell in a Cell with a WWE Legend
"I could break every rib in my body" – Mick Foley almost had a comeback match inside Hell in a Cell with a WWE Legend

"I could break every rib in my body" – Mick Foley almost had a comeback match inside Hell in a Cell with a WWE Legend

Booker T opens up about his contract status with WWE
Booker T opens up about his contract status with WWE

Booker T opens up about his contract status with WWE

Former WWE star explains why Xavier Woods' King of the Ring victory is so special (Exclusive)
Former WWE star explains why Xavier Woods' King of the Ring victory is so special (Exclusive)

Former WWE star explains why Xavier Woods' King of the Ring victory is so special (Exclusive)

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5 directions for Xavier Woods following WWE Crown Jewel
5 directions for Xavier Woods following WWE Crown Jewel

5 directions for Xavier Woods following WWE Crown Jewel

Former manager discusses whether WWE can "draw money" with Xavier Woods as the King of the Ring (Exclusive)
Former manager discusses whether WWE can "draw money" with Xavier Woods as the King of the Ring (Exclusive)

Former manager discusses whether WWE can "draw money" with Xavier Woods as the King of the Ring (Exclusive)

Will Xavier Woods' King of the Ring win lead to an eventual heel turn?
Will Xavier Woods' King of the Ring win lead to an eventual heel turn?

Will Xavier Woods' King of the Ring win lead to an eventual heel turn?

Top AEW star congratulates Xavier Woods for making it to the WWE King Of The Ring Final
Top AEW star congratulates Xavier Woods for making it to the WWE King Of The Ring Final

Top AEW star congratulates Xavier Woods for making it to the WWE King Of The Ring Final

Xavier Woods secures spot in WWE King Of The Ring final
Xavier Woods secures spot in WWE King Of The Ring final

Xavier Woods secures spot in WWE King Of The Ring final

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"I'm really surprised they didn't break The New Day up already" - Former WWE manager shares his thoughts on Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods

"I'm really surprised they didn't break The New Day up already" - Former WWE manager shares his thoughts on Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods

Finn Balor secures his spot in WWE King Of The Ring finals
Finn Balor secures his spot in WWE King Of The Ring finals

Finn Balor secures his spot in WWE King Of The Ring finals

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5 reasons why Xavier Woods should win King of the Ring 2021

5 reasons why Xavier Woods should win King of the Ring 2021

Jinder Mahal progresses in WWE King of the Ring, denies dream match
Jinder Mahal progresses in WWE King of the Ring, denies dream match

Jinder Mahal progresses in WWE King of the Ring, denies dream match

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