SG Audio: WWF King of the Ring Retrospective

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King of the Ring was ichiban!

It’s June, and a few years ago, that meant it was the time of year for WWF’s King of the Ring spectacular. These days it’s just time for the Fatal Four-Way… or Badd Blood… or whatever. Dusty and Eric are joined by Dan, aka zourah, aka Stunt Granny’s nostalgia expert, for a journey down the royal path of the King of the Ring, from its humble beginnings in 1985 as a house show gimmick, to 1993 and its debut on pay-per-view, to its return on free TV in 2006 and 2008. The guys share some good anecdotes, including Jerry Lawler’s lawsuit over the “king” moniker and stories behind Harley Race’s connections to St. Louis during his reign. They question some decisions (and even agree with others) made during the PPV years, and debate the possibility of success should the tournament-based format ever return to pay-per-view. (Three parts, approx. 45 minutes each, all well worth it!)

King of the Ring Retrospective: House shows to 1993

King of the Ring Retrospective: 1994 to 1999

King of the Ring Retrospective: The remaining years

3 Responses

  1. […] NOTE: Don’t miss out on our three-part King of the Ring retrospective audio series! We’ll re-post it in a little bit to bump it up to the top, but since we have the chance to […]

  2. Part of me wants to listen to this in order. The other part of me wants to listen to the PPV years first because I’m giddy with anticipation for the Art Donovan discussion.

  3. Good stuff guys. I’m a little saddened that we didn’t get a retrospective on Edge winning where it lead to the E&C breakup, along with the infamous “Billy Bitchcakes” promo Edge gave saying he wasn’t going to “Billy Gunn his KOTR reign.”

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