Today In Pro Wrestling History (7/8) First Ever King Of The Ring, TNA Destination X, Surgery’s Are Upon Us & More

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1985: WWF King of the Ring Tournament was held at Sullivan Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 23,000 were in attendance to see the first ever KOTR. Here are the results:

1st Round Tournament Matches: 

* Jim Brunzell defeated The Spoiler 

* Tito Santana defeated Terry Funk via DQ 


* The Iron Sheik defeated B. Brian Blair 


* Ricky Steamboat defeated Greg Valentine

* Les Thornton defeated Steve Lombardi

* Don Muraco defeated The Junkyard Dog 


* Pedro Morales defeated Johnny V. 


* Paul Orndorff fought Bob Orton Jr. to a double DQ 

Quarter–final Tournament Round Matches 

* Tito Santana fought Jim Brunzell to a draw (Brunzell then won a coin toss to advance) 

* The Iron Sheik defeated Ricky Steamboat 

* Don Muraco defeated Les Thornton
Semi–Final Tournament Matches:


* The Iron Sheik defeated Jim Brunzell 

* Don Muraco defeated Pedro Morales 

King of The Ring Tournament Final: 


* Don Muraco defeated The Iron Sheik to become the 1st ever WWF King of the Ring 

* Hulk Hogan defeated Nikolai Volkoff to retain the WWF World Heavyweight Title

1996: WCW Monday Nitro defeated WWF Monday Night Raw: 3.5 to 2.5 in the ratings. 


1996: Rey Misterio Jr defeated Dean Malenko to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title on Nitro. 

2002: In his first match back in the WWF, Kevin Nash suffered an injury to his left quadriceps muscle in a battle royal. 

2012: Jeff Hardy defeated William Regal to win the WWE European Title on Raw. 

2008: Rellik and James Mitchell were released by TNA. 

2010: Triple H underwent surgery on a biceps injury. 

2012: Former WWE Diva Serena Deeb was arrested for BUI (Boating under the influence) 

2012: TNA Destination X was held at the Impact Zone, in Orlando, Florida. 1,100 were in attendance to see the first time that the X Division Champion would cash in to face the World Champion. Also, this event saw Jesse Sorensen made his 1st TNA appearance since his neck injury at this event. Here are the results:

* Mason Andrews defeated Lars Only, Dakota Darsow, & Rubix to earn the final spot in the X-Division Title Tournament 

* Mason Andrews defeated Kid Kash in an X–Division Title Tournament Semi-Final Match 

* Kenny King defeated Douglas Williams in an X–Division Title Tournament Semi-Final Match 

* Sonjay Dutt defeated Rashad Cameron in an X–Division Title Tournament Semi-Final Match 

* Zema Ion defeated Flip Cassanova in an X–Division Title Tournament Semi-Final Match 

* Samoa Joe defeated Kurt Angle in a Bound For Glory Series Match

* AJ Styles defeated Christopher Daniels in a Last Man Standing Match

* Zema Ion defeated Mason Andrews, Sonjay Dutt, & Kenny King in an Ultimate X Match (serving as the tournament final) to win the vacant TNA X–Division Title 

* Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode to win the TNA World Title.

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