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June 23, 1996 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mecca Arena

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Free-For-All Match
"The Body Donnas"
(Skip & Zip)
w/Kloudi
def. "The New Rockers"
(Marty Jannetty & Leif Cassidy)
via Pinfall (8:06)
Notes: Skip pinned Leif Cassidy.

Match #1 - KOTR Round 2
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin def. "Wildman" Marc Mero
w/Sable
via Pinfall (16:49)
Notes: Stone Cold continues on to his destiny, finishing off Mero with the recently-invented Stunner (first used in the first round match with Savio Vega).

Match #2 - KOTR Round 2
Jake "The Snake" Roberts def. Vader
w/James E. Cornette
via DQ (3:30)
Notes: Vader was DQed for pulling the referee down when Jake administered the DDT. Jake won, but paid for it, because Vader did a number on him.

Match #3 - WWF World Tag Team Championship
"The Smoking Gunns"
(Billy & Bart Gunn)
Champions
w/Sunny
def. "The Godwinns"
(Henry O. & Phineas I. Godwinn)
Challengers
w/Hillbilly Jim
via Pinfall (10:10)
Notes: Billy pinned Phineas. Henry was in the ref's face, and that allowed Bart to take his boot off and clock Phineas with it.Sunny was sure strutting her stuff in a nice western-themed outfit.

Match #4
The Ultimate Warrior def. Jerry "The King" Lawler via Pinfall (3:51)
Notes: Why did they even bother bringing this guy back? To the Ultimate Warrior fans out there: Both of you should wake up and realize that he is a no-talent hack.

Match #5
Mankind def. The Undertaker
w/Paul Bearer
via TKO (18:20)
Notes: Paul Bearer 'accidentally' hit 'Taker with the urn and Mankind slapped on the Madible Claw and 'Taker was out. What a bout.

Match #6 - WWF Intercontinental Championship
Ahmed Johnson
Challenger
def. Goldust
Champion
w/Marlena
via Pinfall (15:33)
Notes: -TITLE CHANGE- Ahmed won with the Pearl River Plunge.

OUTSIDE RING: Jim Ross interviewed Brian Pillman.

Match #7 - KOTR Final
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin def. Jake "The Snake" Roberts via Pinfall (4:36)
Notes: Gorilla Monsoon came out and nearly ended the match due to Roberts' injured ribs, but the match continued. I'll give Roberts credit, he continued, and really looked hurt. Roberts never stood a chance and Steve Austin became the 4th King of the Ring. In the post-match interview, "Austin 3:16" was born, right here in good old Milwaukee.

Match #8 - WWF World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels
Champion
w/Jose Lothario
def. The British Bulldog
Challenger
w/Diana Smith, James E. Cornette
via Pinfall (26:23)
Notes: Mr. Perfect was to be the guest referee, but Monsoon made it so he was the referee just for the outside of the ring (lame). Bulldog's wife is hot, and I only wish he would've won. Owen Hart, Vader, and Cornette came in and beat the crap out of Michaels after the match. Ahmed tried to help, but the idiot got his clock cleaned too. The Ultimate Warrior saved the day though.

1996 Bracket
Qualifying and first-round matches took place on WWF programming before the PPV.
Qualifying Matches:
  • Goldust vs. Warrior via double countout. [RAW 27-May-1996]
  • Vader def. A.Johnson via pinfall. [RAW 27-May-1996]
  • S.Vega def. M.Jannetty. [Superstars 01-Jun-1996]
  • S.Austin def. B.Holly via TKO. [RAW 03-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]
  • J.Roberts def. H.Helmsley via pinfall. [RAW 03-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]
  • J.Bradshaw def. H.Godwinn. [Superstars 08-Jun-1996]
  • O.Hart def. Yokozuna via pinfall. [RAW 10-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]
  • M.Mero def. Skip via pinfall. [RAW 10-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]

  • 1st Round Matches:
  • J.Roberts def. J.Bradshaw via pinfall. [Superstars 15-Jun-1996]
  • M.Mero def. O.Hart via pinfall. [RAW 17-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]
  • S.Austin def. S.Vega via pinfall. [RAW 17-Jun-1996; Taped 27-May]

  • Commentary:Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Owen Hart
    w/Dok Hendrix
    Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich
    Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
    Referees/Officials:Tim White, Mike Chioda, Jack Doan, Earl Hebner, Jimmy Korderas, Gorilla Monsoon, Mark Yeaton, Tony Chimel, Gerald Brisco, Dave Hebner, Tony Garea, Rene Goulet, etc.

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