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WWE REVIVING THE KING OF THE RING

By Mike Johnson on 2019-08-12 20:24:00

World Wrestling Entertainment announced during Monday Night Raw that next week they would resurrect The King of the Ring tournament.  No competitors had been named as of this writing.

The King of the Ring concept has not been used in several years by WWE and was most recently bandied about as a potential series title for the WWE UK brand.  The idea was later discarded in favor of the NXT UK name.

The tournament was created as a special attraction event in 1985 for the Boston, MA market. It graduated into a full blown PPV in 1993, won by Bret Hart. The tournament continued as an annual PPV until 2002, when it was won by Brock Lesnar. The original Raw/Smackdown brand split killed the show as a PPV entity. It was revived in 2006 for the Smackdown brand as a vehicle to elevate Booker T into King Booker en route to several World title runs.  It was used again in 2008 and 2010 with William Regal and Sheamus, winning those years. 

The concept then disappeared before returning in 2015 with Bad News Barrett becoming, to date, the last competitor to hold the King of the Ring distinction.

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