9. The Stone Cold Stunner Was Born In The Tournament
Fans in Fayetteville, NC didn't quite understand what they were bearing witness to. On Memorial Day 1996, Steve Austin wrestled a King of the Ring first round match with rival Savio Vega, which wouldn't air on TV until six nights before the pay-per-view (only the last two rounds were set for the PPV broadcast).
In the finish, Austin planted Vega with a seated Ace Crusher that Michael Hayes had only suggested to him earlier in the day. It was the first ever "Stone Cold Stunner", and while it lacked the oomph of its later applications, it was a landmark moment in the rise of a WWE icon.
It should be noted that one day later, Austin taped a squash victory over a young Jason Ahrndt (Joey Abs) that actually aired on TV before the Vega match did. Nonetheless, Vega is in the books as the move's "patient zero".