King of the Ring (1988)

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King of the Ring
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateOctober 16, 1988
CityProvidence, Rhode Island
VenueProvidence Civic Center
Attendance6,700[1]
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The 1988 King of the Ring was the fourth annual King of the Ring professional wrestling tournament produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). The tournament was held on October 16, 1988 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island as a special non-televised house show. The 1988 tournament was won by Ted DiBiase. In addition to the tournament, there was only one other match during the night. In this match Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) in a flag match. Duggan pinned Bravo when Martin accidentally hit Bravo with the flag.

Production

Background

The King of the Ring tournament was an annual single-elimination tournament that was established by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1985 with the winner being crowned the "King of the Ring." The 1988 tournament was the fourth King of the Ring tournament. It was held on October 16, 1988 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island as a special non-televised house show.[2]

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.[3]

Results

No. Results[1][4] Stipulations Times[1][5]
1 Ken Patera defeated Nikolai Volkoff King of the Ring tournament first round match 10:20
2 Ted DiBiase defeated Brutus Beefcake King of the Ring tournament first round match 7:32
3 Ron Bass defeated The Barbarian by disqualification King of the Ring tournament first round match 7:02
4 Shawn Michaels defeated Dangerous Danny Davis King of the Ring tournament first round match 3:37
5 Bad News Brown and Hercules wrestled until a double countout King of the Ring tournament first round match 6:05
6 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Virgil King of the Ring tournament first round match 5:43
7 The Red Rooster defeated Marty Jannetty King of the Ring tournament first round match 11:00
8 Mike Sharpe defeated Boris Zhukov King of the Ring tournament first round match 6:27
9 Jim Duggan defeated Dino Bravo (with Frenchy Martin) Flag match 8:43
10 Ted DiBiase defeated Ken Patera King of the Ring tournament quarter-final match 5:42
11 Ron Bass defeated Shawn Michaels King of the Ring tournament quarter-final match 7:39
12 The Red Rooster defeated Mike Sharpe King of the Ring tournament quarter-final match 3:27
13 Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated The Red Rooster King of the Ring tournament semi-final match 7:21
14 Ted DiBiase defeated Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) by count-out King of the Ring tournament final match 6:11
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament bracket

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
            
Ken Patera Pin
Nikolai Volkoff 10:20
Ken Patera Pin
Ted DiBiase 5:42
Brutus Beefcake Pin
Ted DiBiase 7:32
Ted DiBiase Forfeit
Ron Bass 2
The Barbarian DQ
Ron Bass 7:02
Ron Bass Pin
Shawn Michaels 7:39
Dangerous Danny Davis Pin
Shawn Michaels 3:37
Ted DiBiase CO
3 Randy Savage 6:11
Bad News Brown DCO
Hercules 6:05
BYE  
Randy Savage  
Randy Savage Pin
Virgil 5:43
Randy Savage Pin
The Red Rooster 7:21
Marty Jannetty Pin
The Red Rooster 11:00
The Red Rooster Sub
Iron Mike Sharpe 3:27
Mike Sharpe1 Pin
Boris Zhukov 6:27

1. ^ Mike Sharpe substituted for The Warlord.
2. ^ DiBiase paid Bass off to fake an injury.[6]
3. ^ Randy Savage was counted out when he became distracted by Virgil on the outside of the ring.

References

  1. ^ a b c WWF King Of The Ring 1988
  2. ^ Beaston, Erik (August 18, 2019). "WWE King of the Ring: Everything You Need to Know About Historical Tournament". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "King of the Ring 88 - Providence, RI - Civic Center - October 16, 1988 (6,700)". The History of WWE. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "WWF King of the Ring '88 at Providence Civic Center wrestling results - Internet Wrestling Database". www.profightdb.com. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  6. ^ Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man, p.162, Ted DiBiase with Tom Caiazzo, Pocket Books, New York, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3
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