King of the Ring (1989)

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King of the Ring
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateOctober 14, 1989
CityProvidence, Rhode Island
VenueProvidence Civic Center
Attendance4,500[1]
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The 1989 King of the Ring was the fifth annual King of the Ring professional wrestling tournament produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). The tournament was held on October 14, 1989 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island as a special non-televised house show. The 1989 tournament was won by Tito Santana. A tournament was not held in 1990 but returned in 1991.

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 1989 tournament was the fifth King of the Ring tournament. It was held on October 14, 1989 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island as a special non-televised house show. A tournament did not occur in 1990 but returned in 1991.[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[4][5] Stipulations
1 Akeem defeated Brutus Beefcake King of the Ring tournament first round match
2 Hercules and Jim Neidhart ended in a double disqualification King of the Ring tournament first round match
3 The Warlord defeated Bushwhacker Butch King of the Ring tournament first round match
4 Tito Santana defeated Bad News Brown King of the Ring tournament first round match
5 Rick Martel defeated Bill Woods King of the Ring tournament first round match
6 Bushwhacker Luke defeated Nikolai Volkoff King of the Ring tournament first round match
7 Jimmy Snuka defeated The Barbarian King of the Ring tournament first round match
8 Haku defeated The Red Rooster King of the Ring tournament first round match
9 Tito Santana defeated The Warlord King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
10 Rick Martel defeated Bushwhacker Luke King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
11 Jimmy Snuka defeated Haku King of the Ring tournament quarterfinal match
12 Tito Santana defeated Akeem King of the Ring tournament semifinal match
13 Rick Martel defeated Jimmy Snuka King of the Ring tournament semifinal match
14 Tito Santana defeated Rick Martel King of the Ring tournament final match
15 Dusty Rhodes defeated Big Boss Man (with Slick) Singles match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Tournament bracket

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
            
Brutus Beefcake 10:22
Akeem pin
Akeem  
BYE  
Hercules DDQ
Jim Neidhart 6:33
Akeem 10:15
Tito Santana pin
Bushwhacker Butch 3:14
The Warlord pin
The Warlord 6:22
Tito Santana pin
Tito Santana pin
Bad News Brown 7:01
Rick Martel 12:48
Tito Santana PIN
Rick Martel sub
Bill Woods1 0:44
Rick Martel sub
Bushwhacker Luke 4:06
Bushwhacker Luke2 pin
Nikolai Volkoff 4:18
Rick Martel pin
Jimmy Snuka 8:34
Jimmy Snuka DQ
The Barbarian 8:13
Jimmy Snuka pin
Haku 7:20
Haku pin
The Red Rooster 5:12

1. ^ Bill Woods substituted for Hillbilly Jim[4]
2. ^ Nikolai Volkoff substituted for Barry Windham[4]

3. Dusty Rhodes defeated Big Boss Man (with Slick)

References

  1. ^ WWF King Of The Ring 1989
  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. ^ a b c "WWF @ Providence, RI - Civic Center - October 14, 1989 (4,500)". The History of WWE. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "WWF King of the Ring '89 at Providence Civic Center wrestling results - Internet Wrestling Database". www.profightdb.com. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
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