History of the I Quit Match

I QuitAn “I Quit” Match is a type of professional wrestling match in which the only way to win is to make the opponent say the words “I Quit” (usually into a microphone). It is different from a submission match, in that merely tapping out, which is usually sufficient to signify submission, is not enough in this match; the forfeiting opponent must actually state “I Quit.”

Generally, whenever a wrestler knocks down his opponent with a move or inflicts a submission move, he will grab the microphone and ask the opponent to say “I Quit.” and the opponent (at least early in the match) will make some kind of retort. “I Quit” matches are commonly used to settle kayfabe grudges and embarrass rivals, since saying “I Quit” is usually a sign of admitted inferiority. [Courtesy of Wikipedia.com]

Datelocation / EventWinnerLoser
09/22/1970Raleigh, NCJones and RoyalOle and Gene Anderson
* * * NOTE: For the Atlantic Coast tag team titles.
11/27/1974Lubbock, TXRicky RomeroKarl Von Steiger
07/17/1975Corpus Christi, TXJose LotharioTerry Funk
08/15/1975Atlanta, GAMr. Wrestling IIDick Slater
09/15/1975Augusta, GAMr. Wrestling IIDick Slater
01/27/1976Augusta, GADick SlaterThe Spoiler
04/05/1976Augusta, GAStan StasiakDick Slater
09/06/1976Augusta, GADick SlaterMr. Wrestling II
10/15/1976Atlanta, GADusty RhodesMissouri Mauler
07/11/1977Augusta, GAMr. Wrestling IIDick Slater
* * * NOTE: This was a “Lights Out” match.
08/19/1978Chattanooga, TNThe BeastBobby Eaton
02/18/1983Hollywood, FLMidnight RiderKevin Sullivan
* * * NOTE: This was a “Lights Out” match.
06/29/1983Lubbock, TXKerry Von ErichTerry Gordy
07/08/1984Orlando, FLBarry WindhamDick Slater
01/20/1985San Antonio, TXKevin Von ErichChris Adams
02/25/1985Dallas, TXKevin Von ErichChris Adams
01/23/1985Ft. Lauderdale, FLBrian BlairJesse Barr
11/28/1985NWA StarrcadeMagnum TATully Blanchard
* * * NOTE: This match took place inside of a steel cage.
11/15/1989Clash of the Champions IXRic FlairTerry Funk
08/08/1992Smokey Mountain WrestlingTim HornerBuddy Landel
04/02/1995Wrestlemania 11Bret HartBob Backlund
03/15/1997ECWShane DouglasPitbull #1
* * * NOTE: For the ECW television title.
12/06/1997Music City WrestlingFlash FlanaganWolfie D
01/24/1999WWF Royal RumbleThe RockMankind
* * * NOTE: For the WWF championship.
01/25/1999WWE RAWThe RockTriple H
* * * NOTE: For the WWF Championship.
11/21/1999WCW MayhemBill GoldbergSid Vicious
02/07/2000WCW Monday NitroDavid FlairTerry Funk
01/07/2001ECWTommy DreamerC.W. Anderson
08/31/2001IWCShirley DoeChris Hero
06/29/2002NWA Main EventJason CainChris Champion
06/14/2003CZWRockin RebelJohn Zandig
10/19/2003WWE No MercyVince McMahonStephanie McMahon
10/26/2003PCW AustraliaSlikk SteevLimit
* * * NOTE: The match ended in a no contest.
01/16/2004IWA Mid SouthJ.C. BaileyIan Rotten
08/21/2004WXO TV TapingTom HornerLance Erickson
* * * NOTE: The match ended in a time limit draw.
10/16/2004Ring of HonorAlex ShelleyJimmy Jacobs
10/22/2004IWF New JerseyRomanShane O’Brien
03/12/2005NEPWGlenn SpectreChris Hamrick
05/22/2005WWE Judgment DayJohn CenaJBL
* * * NOTE: For the WWE Championship.
07/08/2005IWA Mid SouthIan RottenEddie Kingston
* * * NOTE: This match took place in a steel cage.
08/20/2006WWE SummerSlamRic FlairMick Foley
10/20/2006WWE SmackDownChavo GuerreroRey Mysterio
09/07/2007WWE SmackDownRey MysterioChavo Guerrero
09/13/2009WWE Breaking PointJohn CenaRandy Orton
* * * NOTE: For the WWE Championship.
05/23/2010WWE Over the LimitJohn CenaBatista
* * * NOTE: For the WWE Championship.
09/05/2010TNA No SurrenderA.J. StylesTommy Dreamer
10/16/2010Ring of HonorColt CabanaSteve Corino
05/22/2011WWE Over the LimitJohn CenaThe Miz
* * * NOTE: For the WWE Championship.
05/19/2013WWE Extreme RulesAlberto Del RioJack Swagger

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