King of the Ring (1985) professional wrestling tournament by World Wrestling Federation

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King of the Ring
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateJuly 8, 1985
CityFoxborough, Massachusetts
VenueSullivan Stadium
Attendance23,000[1]
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The 1985 King of the Ring was the inaugural King of the Ring professional wrestling tournament produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). The tournament was held on July 8, 1985 at the Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as a special non-televised house show. The inaugural 1985 tournament was won by Don Muraco. In addition to the tournament, there was only one other match during the night. In this match Hulk Hogan pinned Nikolai Volkoff to retain the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The event drew 23,000 people of which 20,000 were paid.[2]

Production

Background

In 1985, in an effort to boost attendance at their house shows, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) scheduled their July 8, 1985 event as a tournament called the King of the Ring. It was a single-elimination tournament in which the winner would be crowned the "King of the Ring." The inaugural tournament was held at the Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as a special non-televised house show.[3][4]

Storylines

The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results were predetermined by World Wrestling Federation's writers.[5]

Results

No. Results[1] Stipulations
1 Jim Brunzell defeated The Spoiler King of the Ring tournament first round match
2 Les Thornton defeated Steve Lombardi King of the Ring tournament first round match
3 Paul Orndorff and Bob Orton, Jr. wrestled to a double disqualification King of the Ring tournament first round match
4 Pedro Morales defeated Johnny V King of the Ring tournament first round match
5 Tito Santana defeated Terry Funk by disqualification King of the Ring tournament first round match
6 Don Muraco defeated Junkyard Dog King of the Ring tournament first round match
7 Ricky Steamboat defeated Greg Valentine King of the Ring tournament first round match
8 The Iron Sheik defeated B. Brian Blair King of the Ring tournament first round match
9 Don Muraco defeated Les Thornton King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
10 Jim Brunzell defeated Tito Santana via a time limit draw coin toss King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
11 Iron Sheik defeated Ricky Steamboat King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
12 Don Muraco defeated Pedro Morales King of the Ring tournament semifinal match
13 Iron Sheik defeated Jim Brunzell King of the Ring tournament semifinal match
14 Don Muraco defeated Iron Sheik King of the Ring tournament final match
15 Hulk Hogan (c) defeated Nikolai Volkoff Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament bracket

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
            
Don Muraco PIN
Junkyard Dog 10:28
Don Muraco PIN
Les Thornton 6:30
Les Thornton pin
Steve Lombardi 6:40
Don Muraco PIN
Pedro Morales 14:33
Paul Orndorff DDQ
Bob Orton, Jr. 15:08
BYE
Pedro Morales
Pedro Morales PIN
Johnny V 1:04
Don Muraco PIN
Iron Sheik 12:54
Tito Santana DQ
Terry Funk 13:20
Tito Santana Draw1
Jim Brunzell 20:00
Jim Brunzell PIN
The Spoiler 7:01
Jim Brunzell 8:30
Iron Sheik PIN
Ricky Steamboat PIN
Greg Valentine 19:59
Ricky Steamboat 10:30
Iron Sheik PIN
The Iron Sheik PIN
B. Brian Blair 7:30

1. ^ Tito Santana fought Jim Brunzell to a time limit draw; Brunzell then won a coin toss to determine who would continue in the tournament.

References

  1. ^ a b WWF King Of The Ring 1985
  2. ^ "King of the Ring 85 - Foxboro, MA - Sullivan Stadium - July 8, 1985 (23,000; 20,000 paid)". The History of WWE. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Beaston, Erik (August 18, 2019). "WWE King of the Ring: Everything You Need to Know About Historical Tournament". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "WWF King of the Ring '85 at Sullivan Stadium wrestling results - Internet Wrestling Database". www.profightdb.com. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  5. ^ Grabianowski, Ed (2006-01-13). "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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