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On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 23, 1996) – King Of The Ring 1996

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On this day in Pro Wrestling history on June 23rd 1996, the WWF aired ‘King of the Ring 1996′ on PPV from the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This is the very event, where the famous “Austin 3:16 says i just whipped your a$$” saying is from, a detail that most Old Schoolers remember this PPV for.

It was originally Triple H, who was scheduled to win this King of the Ring tournament, but he was punished for the MSG Curtain Call incident, so they went with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin instead. The iconic speech after Austin won this tournament in the finals against Jake “The Snake” Roberts truly gave this PPV a moment for the ages.

Here are the full results from that night:

Semi-final match
Steve Austin Def. Marc Mero

Semi-final match
Jake Roberts Def. Vader

WWF Tag Team Championship
Smoking Gunns Def. The Godwinns

The Ultimate Warrior Def. Jerry Lawler

Mankind Def. The Undertaker

WWF Intercontinental Championship
Ahmed Johnson Def. Goldust

Final match
Steve Austin Def. Jake Roberts

WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels Def. The British Bulldog

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