Shooters Radio: WWF King of the Ring ’96 deep dive


This week, we get right into it as the WWF King of the Ring 1996 takes center stage. On June 23, 1996, live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the MECCA Arena (now the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena), the WWF held their annual King of the Ring pay-per-view. It was the first time the company had the semifinals and finals of the King of the Ring tournament on the show, as more of a star-studded supporting cast was on tap for this year’s festivities.

There were parts of this show that showed some glimpses of the Attitude Era to come, but certainly don’t hold up well today. Vaughn and I explore that and condemn the certain angles and storylines Vince McMahon decided to run with in the mid 90s.

The card:

  • King of the Ring Semifinal: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. “Wildman” Marc Mero (w/ Sable)
  • King of the Ring Semifinal: Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Vader
  • WWF Tag Team Championships: Smoking Gunns (c) (w/ Sunny) vs. The Godwinns (w/ Hillbilly Jim)
  • Ultimate Warrior vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
  • Mankind vs. Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer)
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship: Goldust (c) (w/ Marlena) vs. Ahmed Johnson
  • Brian Pillman promo
  • King of the Ring Final: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake Roberts
  • WWF Championship: Shawn Michaels (c) (w/ Jose Lothario) vs. British Bulldog (w/ Diana Smith and Jim Cornette) with Mr. Perfect as a special guest referee … on the outside of the ring.

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