One of the biggest WWE events from 1993 to 2002 was the King of the Ring event that every year featured a grueling tournament and some of the greatest matches in WWE history.

Mankind versus The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match, Kurt Angle VS. Shane McMahon in a Street Fight, the end of Hulkamania when Yokozuna defeated Hulk Hogan to capture the WWE Championship, are just a few matches considered some of the memorable matches that took place at the retired PPV spectacular.

The main idea behind the KOTR was to elevate a superstar to the main event scene or towards a reign as WWE Champion. Despite a few exceptions, the KOTR is rich in crowning some of the biggest superstars to ever compete in the squared circle. Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Edge, all their quests to capture the KOTR crown is featured. Hart is considered the only star to capture the KOTR twice as the WWE officially counts the tournaments WWE held in the 80’s, although ’93 is the first one shown.

Rarely shown on WWE home video releases, Brock Lesnar and Owen Hart’s KOTR wins help give new fans an idea of the great in-ring ability Owen Hart had in the ring. For fans that only saw Lesnar compete in mixed martial arts, his rise to the top in the WWE started against Rob Van Dam in the last KOTR shown on PPV. WWE does include the return of the tourney in 2006 when Bobby Lashley battled Booker T. The KOTR finals of 2008 and 2010 are also included, CM Punk against William Regal is one of the hardest hitting bouts on the set.

A great blast from the past for older WWE fans and a must for new WWE fans that never saw the 90’s era or WWE in the early 21st century. While it is a great set there is definitely a few great matches that could have been added, Kane VS. Austin from KOTR ’98 and Owen Hart VS. 1-2-3 Kid are just two of many great encounters not listed.

WWE: Best of King of the Ring

Rated PG

eOne Films

Released on Dec. 13, 2011

Run time of 540 minutes

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WWE: Best of King of the Ring listing–

Disc 1

The Noble Scroll

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bret `Hit Man’ Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

Kings and Champions

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

King of the Ring Finals Match
Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon
King of the Ring 19th June, 1994

A True King

Kiss My Foot Match
Bret `Hit Man’ Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
King of the Ring 25th June, 1995

Intercontinental Championship Match
Goldust vs. Ahmed Johnson
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

New Breed of Royalty

King of the Ring Finals Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

Disc 2

Mark of Distinction

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

Blue Blood

King of the Ring Finals Match
Triple H vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

King of the Ring Finals Match
Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998

A Night in Hell

Hell in a Cell Match
Undertaker vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998

Disc 3

Electrifying Champion

WWE Championship Match
Undertaker vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 27th June, 1999

6 Man Tag Match for the WWE Championship
Triple H, Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. The Rock, Undertaker & Kane
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

King Kurt

Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Edge vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

Street Fight

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Booker T
Judgment Day 21st May, 2006

All Hail King Booker!

King of the Ring Finals Match
CM Punk vs. William Regal
Monday Night Raw 21st April, 2008

King of the Ring Finals Match
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Monday Night Raw 29th November, 2010

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