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).[1] It is a variation of submission match as it can only be won by submission, but it is special in that the submission has to take the form of the forfeiting opponent saying "I quit". Generally, whenever a wrestler knocks down their opponent with a move or inflicts a submission move, the opponent will be asked—either by the referee or the opponent—to say the words into a microphone. "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 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 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 public address system.[1] The following night on Raw, The Rock's "I quit!" match against Triple H ended when Triple H was extorted into saying "I quit" because Kane was about to chokeslam Chyna. John Cena retained his WWE Championship by defeating John Bradshaw Layfield in an "I quit" match at Judgment Day on May 22, 2005. At Breaking Point on September 13, 2009, Cena defeated his long time rival Randy Orton in an "I quit" match, forcing Orton to say "I quit" while he was handcuffed and Cena simultaneously had applied his submission hold, the STF.[2]

"I quit" matches involving women have been rare. At No Mercy on October 19, 2003, there was an intergender match between WWE chairman Vince McMahon and his daughter Stephanie partly under "I quit" rules. However, the match was decided when Stephanie's mother Linda threw in the towel for her daughter, giving Vince the victory.[1] The first "I quit" match between WWE Divas was contested at One Night Stand on June 1, 2008, when Beth Phoenix defeated Melina.

On the May 14, 2009 episode of Impact, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), now known as Impact Wrestling, put on its 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 T.

On the May 4, 2016 episode of Lucha Underground, Sexy Star defeated Mariposa in the promotion's first "I quit" match, known in Spanish as a "no mas" ("no more") match.

An "I respect you" match is a variation of the "I quit" match as to win a wrestler must make their opponent say the words "I respect you". The first "I respect you" match was held in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) at SuperBrawl VI on February 11, 1996 and pitted Brian Pillman and Kevin Sullivan. At the end of the match, Pillman lost by saying "I respect you, bookerman!". In doing so, Pillman broke kayfabe as Sullivan was also WCW booker at the time.

One January 17, 2017 episode of WWE 205 Live, Gentleman Jack Gallagher defeated Ariya Daivari in a variation of the "I quit" match called the "I forfeit" match by forcing Daivari to say "I forfeit".


Extreme Championship WrestlingEdit

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
Terry Funk defeated Eddie Gilbert none ECW Show January 23, 1993 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Billed as a I Quit Texas Death match [3]
Tommy Dreamer defeated The Sandman none ECW Show October 1, 1994 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [4]
Tommy Dreamer defeated C.W. Anderson none Guilty as Charged January 7, 2001 New York, New York [5]

Lucha UndergroundEdit

In the promotion, "I quit" matches are billed as a "No Más Match," with the submission phrase was made in Spanish ("No más").

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
Sexy Star defeated Mariposa Aztec Medallions Lucha Underground
(Season 2, Ep 15)
December 13, 2015 (taped)
May 4, 2016 (aired)
XO Lishus defeated Jack Evans Lucha Underground
(Season 2, Ep 12)
March 2018 (taped)
August 29, 2018 (aired)
Union Central Cold Storage Warehouse [7]

Ring of HonorEdit

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
Alex Shelley defeated Jimmy Jacobs none Joe vs. Punk II October 16, 2004 Chicago Ridge, Illinois [8]
Jimmy Rave defeated Nigel McGuinness none Battle of the Icons January 27, 2007 Edison, New Jersey The referee stopped the match after McGuinness refused to say "I Quit" and Rave attempted to break his leg. [9]
Austin Aries defeated Jimmy Jacobs none Rising Above 2008 November 22, 2008 Chicago Ridge, Illinois [10]
Colt Cabana defeated Steve Corino none Richards vs. Daniels October 16, 2010 Chicago Ridge, Illinois [11]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling/Impact WrestlingEdit

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
Booker T defeated Jethro Holliday none Impact! May 14, 2009 (aired) Orlando, Florida [12]
A.J. Styles (c) defeated Booker T TNA Legends Championship Sacrifice May 24, 2009 Orlando, Florida [13]
Brian Kendrick defeated Douglas Williams TNA Legends Championship Impact! July 15, 2010 (aired) Orlando, Florida [14]
A.J. Styles defeated Tommy Dreamer none No Surrender September 5, 2010 Orlando, Florida [15]
A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels none Bound For Glory October 16, 2011 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [16]
Kurt Angle defeated D'Lo Brown none Impact! April 25, 2013 (taped) Orlando, Florida [17]
Gunner defeated James Storm none Sacrifice April 27, 2014 Orlando, Florida [18]
Mr. Anderson defeated Samuel Shaw none Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice August 5, 2014 (taped)
August 21, 2014 (aired)
Orlando, Florida [19]
Kurt Angle defeated Eric Young TNA World Heavyweight Championship Impact! May 29, 2015 (aired) Orlando, Florida [20]
Jeff Hardy vs Matt Hardy ended in a no contest none Impact! April 19, 2016 (aired) Orlando, Florida Match ended after neither man could continue [21]

World Championship WrestlingEdit

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
The Taskmaster defeated Brian Pillman none SuperBrawl VI February 11, 1996 St. Petersburg, Florida This was a "I Respect You" Strap match. [22]
Goldberg defeated Sid Vicious none Mayhem November 21, 1999 Toronto, Ontario, Canada [23]
Roddy Piper defeated Creative Control (Gerald and Patrick) none Nitro December 6, 1999 Milwaukee, Wisconsin This was a Handicap "I Quit" match. [24]
David Flair defeated Terry Funk none Nitro February 7, 2000 Tulsa, Oklahoma [25]
Dustin Rhodes defeated Terry Funk none Uncensored March 19, 2000 Miami, Florida This was a Bullrope Match. [26]
Norman Smiley (c) defeated M.I. Smooth WCW Hardcore Championship Thunder August 22, 2000 (taped)
August 23, 2000 (aired)
Tulsa, Oklahoma [27]

World Wrestling Federation/EntertainmentEdit

Participants Title on the line/
Event Date Location Notes Ref
Bret Hart defeated Bob Backlund none WrestleMania XI April 2, 1995 Hartford, Connecticut Guest referee Roddy Piper ended the match though Backlund uttered the words "I Quit" only incompletely [28]
Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Ken Shamrock none Raw Is War October 26, 1998 Madison, Wisconsin Austin used the unconscious Shamrock's hands to signal a tap out submission.
The Rock defeated Mankind (c) WWF Championship Royal Rumble (1999) January 24, 1999 Anaheim, California Mankind did not say "I quit". Rather an earlier recording of Mankind saying the phrase was played over the PA system while Mankind laid unconscious in the entrance. The Rock was still awarded the victory. [29]
The Rock (c) defeated Triple H WWF Championship Raw Is War January 25, 1999 Phoenix, Arizona
Mr. McMahon defeated Stephanie McMahon Loser had to leave their position
  • Vince McMahon - WWE Chairman
  • Stephanie McMahon - General manager of SmackDown!
No Mercy October 19, 2003 Baltimore, Maryland Stephanie did not say the words "I Quit"; Linda McMahon threw a towel into the ring. Stephanie was also able to win this match via pinfall. [30]
John Cena (c) defeated John Bradshaw Layfield WWE Championship Judgment Day May 22, 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota [31]
Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley none SummerSlam August 20, 2006 Boston, Massachusetts [32]
Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio none SmackDown! October 15, 2006 (taped)
October 20, 2006 (aired)
Los Angeles, California
Rey Mysterio defeated Chavo Guerrero none Smackdown! September 1, 2007 (taped)
September 7, 2007 (aired)
Beth Phoenix defeated Melina none One Night Stand June 1, 2008 San Diego, California [33]
Jeff Hardy defeated Matt Hardy none Backlash April 26, 2009 Providence, Rhode Island [34]
John Cena defeated Randy Orton (c) WWE Championship Breaking Point September 13, 2009 Montreal, Quebec, Canada [35]
John Cena (c) defeated Batista WWE Championship Over The Limit May 23, 2010 Detroit, Michigan [36]
John Cena (c) defeated The Miz WWE Championship Over The Limit May 22, 2011 Seattle, Washington [37]
Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger #1 contendership to the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules May 19, 2013 St. Louis, Missouri [38]
John Cena (c) defeated Rusev WWE United States Championship Payback May 17, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland Instead of Rusev, his manager Lana conceded the match, saying "He Quits". [39]
Jack Gallagher defeated Ariya Daivari none 205 Live January 17, 2017 Memphis, Tennessee Billed as an "I Forfeit" match. [40]
Cedric Alexander defeated Noam Dar none 205 Live July 11, 2017 San Antonio, Texas [41]


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