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.


"I Quit" matches in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

No. Winner Loser Title Event Date and Location
1 Bret Hart Bob Backlund none WrestleMania XI April 2, 1995
Hartford, Connecticut
2 Stone Cold Steve Austin Ken Shamrock none WWF Raw October 26, 1998
3 The Rock Mankind WWF Championship Royal Rumble January 24, 1999
Anaheim, California
4 The Rock Triple H WWF Championship WWF Raw January 25, 1999
Jacksonville, Florida
5 Vince McMahon Stephanie McMahon none No Mercy October 19, 2003
Baltimore, Maryland
6 John Cena John Bradshaw Layfield WWE Championship Judgment Day May 22, 2005
Minneapolis, Minnesota
7 Ric Flair Mick Foley none SummerSlam August 20, 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
8 Chavo Guerrero Rey Mysterio none WWE Friday Night SmackDown! October 20, 2006 (taped October 15, 2006)
Los Angeles, California
9 Rey Mysterio Chavo Guerrero none WWE Friday Night SmackDown! September 7, 2007 (taped September 1, 2007)
Cincinnati, Ohio
10 Beth Phoenix Melina none One Night Stand June 1, 2008
San Diego, California
11 Jeff Hardy Matt Hardy none Backlash April 26, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island
12 John Cena Randy Orton WWE Championship Breaking Point September 13, 2009
Montréal, Québec
13 John Cena Batista WWE Championship Over The Limit May 23, 2010
Detroit, Michigan
14 John Cena The Miz WWE Championship Over The Limit May 22, 2011
Seattle, Washington

"I Quit" matches in World Championship Wrestling

No. 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) Uncensored
March 19, 2000
Miami, Florida
5 Norman Smiley defeated M.I. Smooth
to retain the WCW Hardcore Championship
WCW Thunder
August 22, 2000 (taped August 23, 2000)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I Quit" matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling

No. 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
ECW 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 Ring of Honor

No. 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

"I Quit" matches in National Wrestling Alliance

No. Match Event, Date and Location
1 Magnum T.A. defeated Tully Blanchard Starrcade '85: The Gathering
November 28, 1985
Greensboro, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia
2 Ric Flair defeated Terry Funk Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout
November 15, 1989
Troy, New York

"I Quit" matches in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

No. 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
Orlando, Florida


  • At One Night Stand, the match between Beth Phoenix and Melina was the first ever Divas "I Quit" Match.
  • California has had more WWE "I Quit" Matches than any other state in the United States.
  • John Cena, AJ Styles, Ric Flair and The Rock, have undefeated streaks in "I Quit" Matches, Cena with 4-0, and Styles, Flair and The Rock with 2-0.
  • John Cena has won the most "I Quit" matches with 4 victories.
  • Stephanie did not say the words "I Quit". Her mother threw a towel into the ring.
  • The Over the Limit PPV held the most I "Quit" matches than any other PPV.

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