King of the Ring: Ranking the Winners of WWE's Classic June PPV Tournament

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King of the Ring: Ranking the Winners of WWE's Classic June PPV Tournament
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June used to be a month when fans would see a new Superstar crowned as King of the Ring. The last King of the Ring pay-per-view was held 11 years ago.

Since then, WWE has filled the June pay-per-view slot with Bad Blood, Vengeance, Night of Champions, Fatal 4-Way, Capitol Punishment, No Way Out and the newest event, Payback.

WWE tried to revive the concept in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but it did not receive the same popularity it had in its heyday.

We know of the big four pay-per-views—Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series—but the King of the Ring was, at times, just as popular.

The tournament was used as a catalyst to begin a Superstar’s rise to the main event. Sometimes it worked, like with Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar, and sometimes it didn't, like with Mabel and Billy Gunn.

I’m only ranking the 10 Superstars who won on pay-per-view, which means Booker T, Sheamus, Harley Race and Randy Savage will not make the list. The list will be based on the push the winner received and its lasting effect.

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