An "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). 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.


The first "I Quit" match was in the NWA/WCW at Starrcade on November 28 1985 when Magnum T.A. defeated Tully Blanchard in a very bloody match (with a cage around the ring). Near the end of that match, Magnum used a piece of wood to pierce Blanchard's forehead. At that point, Blanchard screamed "YES! YES!" into the microphone, indicating that he was quitting the match. Since the match was also an NWA U.S. title match, Blanchard lost the title to Magnum T.A., who was also the previous champion.

One of the most famous "I Quit" matches took place on January 24 1999 at the Royal Rumble between The Rock and Mankind in the World Wrestling Federation. The match lasted just over 20 minutes and was especially brutal, ending after Foley took eleven unprotected and undeflected chair shots to the head while his hands were handcuffed behind his back. The Rock eventually won the match, but it was later revealed that Foley was completely unconscious and The Rock had played a tape of Foley saying "I quit" over the PA system. During that time the Rock was the heel and Foley was the face. (The trick did not escape Foley's attention, however; in the buildup to his "I Quit" match with Ric Flair in 2006, Foley avoided saying the words "I quit" during any on-screen appearances or promo spots -- taking to instead spelling out the words -- to prevent Flair from taking advantage of his words the same way The Rock did.)

A later "I Quit Match" was held on October 19 2003 at No Mercy 2003 between WWE owner Vince McMahon and his daughter (also then-SmackDown! GM and then baby-face), Stephanie McMahon, with Vince taking the win when then baby-face, Linda McMahon threw in the towel for her daughter. John Cena retained his WWE Championship by defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield in an "I Quit" Match at Judgment Day on May 22 2005. At SummerSlam 2006, Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley in an "I Quit" match by threatening Foley's valet (Melina) with a barbed wire bat, forcing Foley to quit. An "I Quit" match on the October 20 edition of SmackDown! between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero saw Rey Mysterio lose when Chavo Guerrero repetitively hit Mysterio's (legitimately) injured left leg with a steel chair, forcing him to quit. A second "I Quit" match took place between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero on the September 7 edition of SmackDown!, with Rey Mysterio hitting Chavo's left knee repeatedly with a steel chair after Chavo was crotched on the turnbuckle and hung over the apron in a Tree of Woe variation-in a similar manner that forced Rey to quit the first time around-forcing him to quit.


"I Quit" matches in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

No. Match Event, Date and Location
I Bret Hart defeated Bob Backlund
WrestleMania XI
April 2 1995
Hartford, Connecticut
II The Rock defeated Mankind
to win the WWF Championship
Royal Rumble
January 24 1999
Anaheim, California
III The Rock defeated Triple H
retain the WWF Championship
January 25 1999
Jacksonville, Florida
IV Vince McMahon defeated Stephanie McMahon[1] No Mercy
October 19 2003
Baltimore, Maryland
V John Cena defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield
to retain the WWE Championship
Judgment Day
May 22 2005
Minneapolis, Minnesota
VI Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley SummerSlam
August 20 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
VII Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio SmackDown!
October 20 2006 (taped October 15 2006)
Los Angeles, California
VIII Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero SmackDown!
September 7 2007 (taped September 1 2007)
Cincinnati, Ohio

"I Quit" matches in World Championship Wrestling

No. Match Event, Date and Location
I Bill Goldberg defeated Sid Vicious Mayhem
November 21 1999
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
II Roddy Piper defeated Creative Control (Gerald and Patrick) (Handicap Match)
WCW Monday Nitro
December 6 1999
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
III David Flair defeated Terry Funk WCW Monday Nitro
February 7 2000
Tulsa, Oklahoma
IV Dustin Rhodes defeated Terry Funk (Bullrope Match) Uncensored
March 19 2000
Miami, Florida
V Norman Smiley defeated M.I. Smooth
to retain the WCW Hardcore Championship
WCW Thunder
August 22 2000 (aired August 23 2000)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I Quit" matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling

No. Match Event, Date and Location
I Terry Funk defeated Eddie Gilbert
(Texas Death Match)
ECW Show
January 23 1993
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
II Tommy Dreamer defeated The Sandman ECW Show
October 1 1994
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
III Shane Douglas defeated Pitbull #1
to retain the ECW World Television Championship
ECW Hostile City Showdown
March 15 1997
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
IV Tommy Dreamer defeated C.W. Anderson ECW Guilty as Charged
January 7 2001
New York, New York

"I Quit" matches in Ring of Honor

No. Match Event, Date and Location
I Alex Shelley defeated Jimmy Jacobs Joe vs. Punk II
October 16 2004
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
II Jimmy Rave defeated Nigel McGuinness
The referee stopped the match after McGuinness refused to say "I Quit" when Rave attempted to break his leg
Battle of the Icons
January 27 2007
Edison, New Jersey

"I Quit" matches in NWA

No. Match Event, Date and Location
I Magnum TA defeated Tully Blanchard Starcade 1985
November 28 1985
Greensboro, North Carolina and The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.
II Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk Clash Of The Champions
November 15 1989
Troy, NY.


"I Respect You" Match

An "I Respect You" Match is similar to an "I Quit" Match - there are no countouts, submissions, disqualifications, or pinfalls; however, to win the wrestler must have his opponent say the words, "I respect you." The first "I Respect You" Match was made by Brian Pillman, who once wrestled in World Championship Wrestling, as a challenge to WCW booker Kevin Sullivan. This match became infamous when Pillman lost by saying "I respect you bookerman!" thus breaking kayfabe.

No Disqualification Submission Match

This term refers solely to the match that took place at WrestleMania 13 between rivals Bret Hart and Steve Austin and between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund at WrestleMania XI (the term "I Quit" match had not yet been coined). It is merely an earlier form of the "I Quit" match, as the match had to be won through the submission of your opponent, though not through the use of exact phrase "I quit" (or over a microphone as in later versions of the match). However, weapons were involved and completely legal in the match. Bret Hart won at WrestleMania 13 after applying the Sharpshooter onto Steve Austin, who refused to submit and instead passed out from the pain and blood loss (Austin had begun bleeding earlier in the match when his head came into contact with the guard rail.

  • Note: The match between Hart and Austin at WrestleMania 13 received a 5 star rating (the highest rating a match can receive) from Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, one of only four WWF/E matches to receive the rating.

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