"I Quit" match

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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"[1] (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.


The first "I Quit" match was in the National Wrestling Alliance/Jim Crockett Promotions at Starrcade on November 28, 1985. Magnum T.A. defeated Tully Blanchard in a match (with a cage around the ring) for Blanchard's NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Near the end of that match, Magnum used a piece of wood with a nail in it to pierce Blanchard's forehead. At that point, Blanchard screamed "YES! YES!" into the microphone, indicating that he was quitting the match, and Magnum won the U.S. Championship.

One of the most famous "I Quit" matches took place on January 24, 1999, at the Royal Rumble between The Rock and Mick Foley (as Mankind) in the World Wrestling Federation. The match lasted just over 20 minutes, 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.[1] The match the following evening between Triple H and The Rock ended in a completely different way – Triple H was extorted into saying "I quit" because Kane was about to chokeslam Chyna.

WWE's only intergender "I Quit" match was held on October 19, 2003, at No Mercy between WWE owner Vince McMahon and his daughter, Stephanie McMahon, with Vince getting the victory when Stephanie's mother, Linda McMahon threw in the towel for her daughter.[1] John Cena retained his WWE Championship by defeating John "Bradshaw" Layfield in an "I Quit" Match at Judgment Day on May 22, 2005. At One Night Stand in 2008, for the first time in history, WWE featured an "I Quit" match contested between Divas, when Beth Phoenix defeated Melina.

On the May 14, 2009, edition of TNA Impact, TNA Wrestling put on their first I quit match, where Booker T defeated Jethro Holiday after an axe kick. TNA had another I Quit match on May 24, 2009, where A.J. Styles defeated Booker T to retain the TNA Legends Championship, after Jenna Morasca threw a towel into the ring for Booker.


"I Quit" matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)[edit]

# Match Event, Date and Location
1 Terry Funk defeated Eddie Gilbert
(Texas Death match)
ECW Show
January 23, 1993
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 Tommy Dreamer defeated The Sandman ECW Show
October 1, 1994
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Shane Douglas defeated Pitbull#1
to retain the ECW World Television Championship
Hostile City Showdown
March 15, 1997
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 Tommy Dreamer defeated C.W. Anderson ECW Guilty as Charged
January 7, 2001
New York, New York

"I Quit" matches in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE[edit]

# Winner Loser Title on the line/Stipulation Event Date and Location Notes
1 Bret Hart Bob Backlund none WrestleMania XI April 2, 1995
Hartford, Connecticut
Roddy Piper served as the special guest referee
2 Stone Cold Steve Austin Ken Shamrock none WWF Raw Is War October 26, 1998
Madison, Wisconsin
3 The Rock Mankind (c) WWF Championship Royal Rumble (1999) January 24, 1999
Anaheim, California
4 The Rock (c) Triple H WWF Championship WWF Raw Is War January 25, 1999
Phoenix, Arizona
5 Mr. McMahon Stephanie McMahon Loser had to leave their position in WWE

(Vince McMahon - Chairman, Stephanie McMahon - GM of SmackDown!)

No Mercy (2003) October 19, 2003
Baltimore, Maryland
Stephanie did not say the words "I Quit"; her mother threw a towel into the ring. Stephanie was also able to win this match via pinfall.
6 John Cena (c) John Bradshaw Layfield WWE Championship Judgment Day (2005) May 22, 2005
Minneapolis, Minnesota
7 Ric Flair Mick Foley none SummerSlam (2006) August 20, 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
8 Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Rey Mysterio Jr. none Friday Night SmackDown! October 20, 2006 (taped October 15, 2006)
Los Angeles, California
9 Rey Mysterio Jr. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. none Friday Night SmackDown! September 7, 2007 (taped September 1, 2007)
Cincinnati, Ohio
10 Beth Phoenix Melina none One Night Stand (2008) June 1, 2008
San Diego, California
First ever Divas "I Quit" match
11 Jeff Hardy Matt Hardy none Backlash (2009) April 26, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island
12 John Cena Randy Orton (c) WWE Championship Breaking Point September 13, 2009
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 John Cena (c) Batista WWE Championship Over the Limit (2010) May 23, 2010
Detroit, Michigan
Batista would quit WWE the day after on RAW
14 John Cena (c) The Miz WWE Championship Over the Limit (2011) May 22, 2011
Seattle, Washington
15 Alberto Del Rio Jack Swagger #1 contendership to the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules (2013) May 19, 2013
St. Louis, Missouri
16 John Cena (c) Rusev WWE United States Championship Payback (2015) May 17, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland
Rusev did not say the words "I Quit". His manager Lana said "He Quits".

Participant list[edit]

Superstar Victories Appearances
John Cena 5 5
The Rock 2 2
Bret Hart 1 1
Steve Austin 1 1
Vince McMahon 1 1
Ric Flair 1 1
Beth Phoenix 1 1
Jeff Hardy 1 1
Alberto Del Rio 1 1
Chavo Guerrero 1 2
Rey Mysterio 1 2
Bob Backlund 0 1
Ken Shamrock 0 1
Triple H 0 1
Stephanie McMahon 0 1
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 0 1
Melina 0 1
Matt Hardy 0 1
Randy Orton 0 1
Batista 0 1
The Miz 0 1
Jack Swagger 0 1
Rusev 0 1
Mick Foley 0 2

"I Quit" matches in World Championship Wrestling (WCW)[edit]

# Match Event, Date and Location
1 Bill Goldberg defeated Sid Vicious Mayhem
November 21, 1999
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 Roddy Piper defeated Creative Control (Gerald and Patrick) (Handicap match) WCW Monday Nitro
December 6, 1999
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 David Flair defeated Terry Funk WCW Monday Nitro
February 7, 2000
Tulsa, Oklahoma
4 Dustin Rhodes defeated Terry Funk (Bullrope Match) WCW Uncensored
March 19, 2000
Miami, Florida
5 Norman Smiley defeated M.I. Smooth
to retain the WCW Hardcore Championship
WCW Thunder
August 23, 2000 (taped August 22, 2000)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I Quit" matches in Ring of Honor (ROH)[edit]

# Match Event, Date and Location
1 Alex Shelley defeated Jimmy Jacobs Joe vs. Punk II
October 16, 2004
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
2 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
3 Austin Aries defeated Jimmy Jacobs Rising Above 2008
November 22, 2008
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
4 Colt Cabana defeated Steve Corino Richards vs. Daniels
October 16, 2010
Chicago Ridge, Illinois

"I Quit" matches in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)[edit]

# Winner Loser Title Event, Date and Location
1 Booker T Jethro Holliday none TNA Impact!
May 14, 2009 (taped)
TNA Impact! Zone
2 A.J. Styles Booker T TNA Legends Championship Sacrifice
May 24, 2009
Orlando, Florida
3 Brian Kendrick Douglas Williams none TNA Impact!
July 12, 2010 (taped)
TNA Impact! Zone
4 A.J. Styles Tommy Dreamer none No Surrender
September 5, 2010
TNA Impact! Zone
5 AJ Styles Christopher Daniels none Bound For Glory
October 16, 2011
Liacouras Center
6 Kurt Angle D'Lo Brown none Impact! Wrestling
May 2, 2013 (taped)
7 Gunner James Storm none Sacrifice
April 27, 2014
TNA Impact! Zone
8 Mr. Anderson Samuel Shaw none Hardcore Justice (2014)
August 20, 2014 (taped)
TNA Impact! Zone
9 Kurt Angle Eric Young TNA World Heavyweight Championship Impact Wrestling
May 29, 2015 (taped)
TNA Impact! Zone

Participant list[edit]

Superstar Victories Appearances
A.J. Styles 3 3
Kurt Angle 2 2
Booker T 1 2
Gunner 1 1
Brian Kendrick 1 1
Mr. Anderson 1 1
Tommy Dreamer 0 1
Douglas Williams 0 1
Christopher Daniels 0 1
D'Lo Brown 0 1
James Storm 0 1
Samuel Shaw 0 1
Eric Young 0 1
Jethro Holliday 0 1

"I Respect You" match[edit]

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 (WCW), as a challenge to WCW booker Kevin Sullivan. At the end of the match, Pillman lost by saying "I respect you bookerman!" thus breaking kayfabe.


  1. ^ a b c Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.