King of the Ring Qualifying Matches 2013


[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Ric Flair made Davey Boy Smith submit to the Figure-Four Leglock in 0:13:36.
Rating: 1/4*

[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Sting and Justin Bradshaw battled to a double countout in 0:14:53.
Rating: ** 1/4

[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Razor Ramon pinned Brian Pillman after a rollover in 0:14:25.
Rating: *** 1/4
[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Hollywood Hogan pinned Ahmed Johnson with the Big Leg Drop in 0:18:44.
Rating: -***
[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Dave Finlay pinned Shawn Michaels after a German suplex in 0:19:02.
Rating: ***
[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Owen Hart pinned Diesel after a bridging back suplex in 0:18:33.
Rating: *
[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
Chris Benoit pinned Kensuke Sasaki with the Dragon Suplex in 0:14:08.
Rating: ***
[King Of The Ring Qualifying Match]
The Undertaker pinned Jushin Liger with the Tombstone in 0:05:57.
Rating: *** 1/4

Dean Malenko made Rick Steamboat submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:15:50.
(Dean Malenko retained the WWF Intercontinental Title.)
Rating: *** 1/4
Great Muta pinned Bret Hart after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:04:40.
Rating: ***
Steve Austin pinned Diamond Dallas Page with the Stone Cold Stunner in 0:16:39.
Rating: ***
Vader pinned Arn Anderson with the Power Bomb in 0:19:53.
(Vader won the WWF World Title.)
Rating: *** 1/4

Match Observations:

Three words: WHAT A CARD !

Who would have thought that Dave Finlay could not only defeat Shawn Michaels,
but do so after kicking out of the Sweet Chin Music... the move that defeated
the mighty Hulk Hogan. Finlay was the first wrestler *ever* to kick out of the
move, and his participation in the King of the Ring tournament definitely is

Dean Malenko goes into the King of the Ring strong as the reigning IC champion
having beat the legendary Rick Steamboat in the middle of the ring with the
Texas Cloverleaf. It isn't like Rick Steamboat took the easy way out, either.
He never submitted to the hold - it was the referee who stopped the match as
Steamboat was unable to continue. Therefore, the two-out-of-three falls
stipulation was abandoned.

Malenko will be challenged by none other than the Great Muta at the King of
the Ring. Muta had imposed a stipulation upon himself that he wouldn't fight
for the title until he had won five consecutive matches in under five minutes.
His victory over Bret Hart - while tainted - was the fifth match which
qualifies him for facing Malenko.

Steve Austin showed a tremendous amount of intestinal fortitude in his match
with Diamond Dallas Page. If one thing's for sure, then it's that Austin and
Page are now even again. Page kicked out of the Stunner and pinned Austin with
the Diamond Cutter a few months ago, and tonight Austin returned the favor.

A monkey wrench was thrown into the King of the Ring tournament when both
Sting and Bradshaw were eliminated due to a double countout. WWF officials
say they will find a suitable opponent for Ric Flair's first round match.
What the word "suitable" means ? No idea. I guess it would have to be someone
who fits the bill to challenge WWF Champion Vader at SummerSlam.

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