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June 8, 1997 - Providence, Rhode Island
Civic Center

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Free-For-All Match
"The Headbangers"
(Mosh & Thrasher)
def. Bart Gunn &
Jesse James
via Pinfall (6:10)
Notes: Thrasher pinned Gunn.

Match #1 - KOTR Round 1
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
def. Ahmed Johnson via Pinfall (7:41)
Notes: HHH was dominated, but Chyna got up on the apron when Ahmed was about to finish him off. HHH kneed him into the corner and followed it up with the Pedigree.

Match #2 - KOTR Round 1
Mankind def. Jerry "The King" Lawler via TKO (10:23)
Notes: Probably one of Lawler's best matches in the WWF. But Mankind used the Mandible Claw to put him out.

Match #3
def. Crush
w/Nation of Domination
via Pinfall (9:57)
Notes: Goldust wins with a DDT.

Match #4 - Six-Man Tag Team Match
"The Hart Foundation"
Owen Hart
The British Bulldog
Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart
def. Sycho Sid &
"The Legion of Doom"

(Hawk & Animal)
via Pinfall (13:37)
Notes: Owen pinned Sid. There was some confusion, but Owen was the legal man and came off the top rope and rolled up Sid.

Match #5 - KOTR Final
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
def. Mankind via Pinfall (19:25)
Notes: It took a ride through the announce table, a scepter to the back, and a Pedigree to put Mankind down.

IN RING: The Hart Foundation came to the ring and Bret issued a challenge to any five wrestlers to face them at the next In Your House, Canadian Stampede.

Match #6
Shawn Michaels DRAW "Stone Cold" Steve Austin via Dbl DQ (23:03)
Notes: The referee went down, and Austin gave HBK the Stunner. The ref was down, so Austin picked him up and gave him a Stunner. Michaels recovered and gave Austin Sweet Chin Music, and made the cover. Another ref came down, but instead of counting the fall, he checked on the first referee. Michaels kicked him for his trouble. Then Hebner came down and DQed both men.

Match #7 - WWF World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker
w/Paul Bearer
def. Faarooq
w/Nation of Domination
via Pinfall (13:42)
Notes: Crush and Savio Vega got into a tiff outside the ring, and that caused Faarooq to come over and investigate. That gave Undertaker the opening he needed to get in the Tombstone. Paul Bearer, holder of a dark secret over Undertaker, made him chokeslam Faarooq again and again. Ahmed Johnson came out to try and talk some sense to 'Taker, but ended up just laying him out instead.

1997 Bracket
Qualifying matches took place on WWF programming before the PPV.
HHH was allowed to re-qualify due to an officiating technicality.
Qualifying Matches:
  • Mankind def. S.Vega via pinfall. [RAW 02-Jun-1997]
  • J.Lawler def. Goldust via pinfall. [RAW 26-May-1997]
  • A.Johnson def. HHH via DQ [Unsure of date/show]
  • HHH def. Crush. [Unsure of method/date/show]

  • Commentary:Vince McMahon and Jim Ross
    w/Todd Pettengil, Dok Hendrix
    Spanish: Carlos Cabrera, Tito Santana
    French: Jean Brassard, Ray Rougeau
    Ring Announcer:Howard Finkel
    Referees/Officials:Mike Chioda, Jack Doan, Jimmy Korderas, Earl Hebner, Tim White, Gerald Brisco, Tony Garea, Mark Yeaton, Dave Hebner, Pat Patterson, etc.

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