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King of the Ring
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Promotion(s) WWE
First event King of the Ring (1985)
Last event King of the Ring (2015)

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. 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 SmackDown and Raw in 2008, 2010, and 2015. WWE released a best of King of the Ring DVD in late 2011.

List of King of the Ring winners

Year Winner Times won Date Runner-up
1985 Don Muraco 1 July 8, 1985 The Iron Sheik
1986 Harley Race 1 July 14, 1986 Pedro Morales
1987 Randy Savage 1 September 4, 1987 King Kong Bundy
1988 Ted DiBiase 1 October 16, 1988 Randy Savage
1989 Tito Santana 1 October 14, 1989 Rick Martel
1991 Bret Hart 1 September 7, 1991 Irwin R. Schyster
1993 2 June 13, 1993 Bam Bam Bigelow
1994 Owen Hart 1 June 19, 1994 Razor Ramon
1995 Mabel 1 June 25, 1995 Savio Vega
1996 Stone Cold Steve Austin 1 June 23, 1996 Jake Roberts
1997 Hunter Hearst Helmsley 1 June 8, 1997 Mankind
1998 Ken Shamrock 1 June 28, 1998 The Rock
1999 Billy Gunn 1 June 27, 1999 X-Pac
2000 Kurt Angle 1 June 25, 2000 Rikishi
2001 Edge 1 June 24, 2001 Kurt Angle
2002 Brock Lesnar 1 June 23, 2002 Rob Van Dam
2006 Booker T 1 May 21, 2006 Bobby Lashley
2008 William Regal 1 April 21, 2008 CM Punk
2010 Sheamus 1 November 29, 2010 John Morrison
2015 Bad News Barrett 1 April 28, 2015 Neville

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