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June 11, 2021

287: WWF King of the Ring '96 Deep Dive

287: WWF King of the Ring '96 Deep Dive

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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