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Top five WWE legends who never won King of the Ring tournament

Published at :May 20, 2024 at 2:00 AM
Modified at :May 20, 2024 at 2:00 AM
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The WWE King of the Ring tournament was introduced in 1985.

In 1985, the WWE held a competition to decide who was the greatest in the organization. The contestants had to compete to be proclaimed champions. This event was simply known as the King of the Ring. When the competition began, it featured 16 guys. The same number of guys participated in subsequent tournaments.

The 1997, 2006, and 2008 tournaments were all different. They had the fewest participation, with only 8 men competing. The 2000 tournament was the largest in history. It included 31 men and one woman contending for the crown. The list of winners includes numerous current and prospective WWE Hall of Famers. Although the list appears to be comprehensive, certain legends are missing.

Here are the top 5 legendary wrestlers who never won the WWE King of the Ring tournament.

5. Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan is unquestionably one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. Without him, the WWE would not be as successful as it is now. During his heyday, he won the WWE Championship many times. He never marked off his accomplishment of winning the King of the Ring competition. You’d think the WWE would have attempted to get Hogan to win the tournament as quickly as possible, but no. Hulk Hogan has never participated in a King of the Ring competition. Even during his bad days, he was never in one.

I suppose he was so popular that he didn’t require the King of the Ring crown. Even if he had won, it would not have pushed him any higher. How much larger could you become after being a mega-star? He may not have won the event, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t familiar with the King of the Rings name. Hogan’s WWE career ended at the King of the Ring PPV in 1993. That night, he lost the WWE championship against Yokozuna.

4. The Ultimate Warrior

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Ultimate Warrior was one of WWE’s biggest performers. His popularity was rivaling Hulk Hogan’s, which was rather high. It may surprise some that Warrior never competed in King of the Ring events during his prime. Warrior participated in a competition during his lackluster days, as well as in a lame rivalry.

After being dismissed twice by the WWE, Warrior returned in 1996. The magic wasn’t there anymore. He seemed crazy and out of place in the company’s new age. He had a falling out with Goldust that year as well. One of their matches took place during the 1996 tournament. During the first round, both men were eliminated. Thus, Warrior’s first competition was dismal. The Ultimate Warrior did not survive long with WWE for long. He went on to join WCW, since who can refuse money?

3. The Undertaker

Taker has won the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, Tag Team Championships, and the Hardcore Championship. One thing ‘Taker never accomplished was winning the King of the Ring competition. He may not have won one, but it does not imply he hasn’t participated in them. ‘Taker participated in two King of the Ring events.

He played in the 1991 event and advanced to the quarterfinals. He and Sid Justice were disqualified, and both were eliminated. At this point in the game, Taker had only been with the WWE for a year. He was a villain who had yet to defeat Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship. His second tournament appearance came in 1995. He once again advanced to the quarterfinals, when he was beaten by Mabel.

2. Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels, widely regarded as the best wrestler to ever step foot in a WWE ring, has accomplished nearly everything. Countless championships, amazing matches, Royal Rumble victories, and a Hall of Fame induction are just a few examples of his career. Michaels has taken part in two King of the Ring competitions. In both cases, he lost in the quarterfinals.

Ron Bass defeated Michaels in the 1988 event. This was during the heyday of The Rockers, therefore it was not a surprise that he lost. 1995 was a different story. He lost to Kama, who couldn’t compete with Michaels’ fame. That following year, Michaels won the January Royal Rumble and fought Diesel at WrestleMania XI. This was the same competition Mabel had won. Mabel went on to quarrel with Diesel, which was not nice. Shawn Michaels’ career skyrocketed in 1996, but a King of the Ring victory would have been ideal.

1. The Rock

If you want to speak about a man who should have won the King of the Ring competition, The Rock is your guy. In 1998, The Rock swiftly rose to the top of the lineup. He had the audience behind him, and everything was ready. He was the ideal prospect to win the 1998 event. What happened? He lost to Ken Shamrock. Yes, Ken-Freaking-Shamrock.

Rock’s defeat to Shamrock may not have been as severe in the first round, but they fought in the finals. The frickin’ finals! Instead of awarding the prize to the guy who deserved it the most, the WWE chose Shamrock. Shamrock was not terrific on the mic or in the ring. Unbelievable. I guess that wasn’t too horrible for The Rock. He did win the WWE Championship at the Survivor Series. The Rock achieved enormous success without winning the King of the Ring event. Ken Shamrock, on the other hand, gradually became unimportant.

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