John Cena and JBL during WWE WrestleMania 21 "WrestleMania Goes Hollywood" at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
The 10 Most Memorable I Quit Matches In Wrestling History
In 1985, Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. were both in their prime, and after months of a vicious rivalry over the NWA US Heavyweight Championship, they settled their differences in an I Quit steel cage match. The hatred between the two was palpable, and the brutality came to a head when Magnum attacked Tully's eye with a piece of wood, making him submit.
Magnum Vs. Blanchard
As another product of a months-long feud, Ric Flair and Terry Funk put a cap on their rivalry with an I Quit match on TBS in November of 1989. Despite being the babyface in this feud, Flair was still the Dirtiest Player in the Game, and he was able to match Funk's hardcore style, eventually making him say "I Quit" with a Figure Four Leglock.
Flair Vs. Funk
The first I Quit match in 1995 between Bret Hart and Bob Buckland is memorable because it put wrestling's post-Hulkmania growing pains on full display. The match features Roddy Piper as a special referee, who shoved the mic in the competitors' faces at every opportunity, distracting from WWF's attempt at something new.
Hart Vs. Buckland
At the intersection of unforgettable and hard-to-watch WWE matches, we find the Rock hitting Mankind in the head with a chair repeatedly at the 1999 Royal Rumble. This particularly brutal match is made even harder to watch today, considering Mick Foley's openness about the problems his multiple concussions have caused.
The Rock Vs. Mankind
The I Quit match between John Cena and JBL from Judgement Day 2005 is most memorable because of its copious amounts of blood. Other highlights include JBL choking Cena with his own necklace, the two fighting on and around a limo, and JBL tapping out at the mere sight of Cena wielding a giant metal pipe.
Cena Vs. JBL