WWE Payback the latest in long line of June pay-per-view action

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June 05, 2013

King of the Ring

Between 1993 and 2002, there was no faster track to the top of the WWE standings than winning the annual King of the Ring tournament. Each June, the tournament’s victor received a crown and scepter on pay-per-view. Fancy regalia aside, King of the Ring was significant for launching Superstars into the main event scene. A stellar performance in the 1996 edition gave Steve Austin the confidence and platform he needed to reveal the true “Stone Cold” for the first time.

Full-Length King of the Ring Matches: Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect | Brock Lesnar vs. RVD

Even though the event was always considered just a notch below the WWE’s “Big Four” in terms of prestige, its lineage ironically predated all WWE mega-events other than The Grandest Stage of Them All: The first King of the Ring was held as a non-televised event in Foxborough, Mass., in July 1985. It continued annually until arriving to pay-per-view in 1993. A modified version of the tournament would also return in 2006, 2008 and 2010 — albeit during different times of the year and off pay-per-view.

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