June 11, 2021

287: WWF King of the Ring '96 Deep Dive

287: WWF King of the Ring '96 Deep Dive
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On June 23, 1996, the World Wrestling Federation invaded the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their annual King of the Ring pay-per-view. This would be the first year where only semifinals and the finals took place on the actual pay-per-view, with  more stacked matches than ever before. It certainly was, to date, the greatest WWF King of the Ring card ever:

  • King of the Ring Semifinal: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. "Wildman" Marc Mero (w/ Sable)
  • King of the Ring Semifinal: Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Vader
  • WWF Tag Team Championships: Smoking Gunns (c) (w/ Sunny) vs. The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim)
  • Ultimate Warrior vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
  • Mankind vs. Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship: Goldust (c) (w/ Marlena) vs. Ahmed Johnson
  • Brian Pillman promo
  • King of the Ring Final:Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake Roberts
  • WWF Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) (w/ Jose Lothario) vs. British Bulldog (w/ Diana Smith and Jim Cornette) with Mr. Perfect as a special guest referee … on the outside of the ring.

There certainly were seeds planted well before the Federation would head into the Attitude Era more than a year later, and many of them were seen during this show. So join us and dive deep into the 1996 King of the Ring!


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