On this date in WWF history: King of the Ring hits pay-per-view for the first time in 1993
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Though the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) had held six King of the Ring tournaments before it, the 1993 King of the Ring tournament that took place on this date in WWF history (June 13, 1993) marked the first time the tournament was made into a stand alone pay-per-view (PPV) event.
This particular event is notable for a couple of reasons.
For starters, it marked the end of Hulk Hogan's long run on top in the WWF. He had returned from a long absence earlier in the year and politicked his way back to the title. At WrestleMania 9, Bret Hart dropped the belt to Yokozuna only to see Hogan appear and hit the ring to drop a leg and take the strap for himself.
The plan, then, was for Hogan to put Hart over big at SummerSlam in a veritable passing of the torch moment to a new generation of wrestlers. This being right around the infamous WWF steroid trials, that was going to happen with or without Hogan, but it would have had far more impact had the Hulkster decided to put Har
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