What do guys like the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Don Muraco, Steve Austin, Randy Savage, Harley Race, Tito Santana, Bret and Owen Hart, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Edge, Brock Lesnar, William Regal, Booker T, Ken Shamrock, Viscera, and Billy Gunn all have in common? All these men that I mentioned were winners of the King of the Ring Tournament.
The first six winners of the tournament weren’t held at a pay-per-view. But from 1992 to 2002, the tournament was held as a ppv, and when it was held as a ppv, WWE and the fans considered it to be the fifth big ppv behind WrestleMania, the Rumble, SummerSlam, and the Series. Me personally, I wished the WWE never got rid of the KOR ppv. Instead of doing 15 or so ppv’s a year, why not go back down to six, with the original five and do a sixth. But that’s another topic on another day, quite possible another article, we’ll see.
But for the most part, the King of the Ring tournament pushed the mid-carders who won it into the main event picture, and later on became either WWE Heavyweight Champion or World Heavyweight Champion. Only a couple of winners didn’t become a main event, for reasoning I wish I knew. But the tournament elevated the winners of it.
It would be awesome if the WWE would bring the King of the Ring tournament back for the reasoning to help elevate the mid-card wrestler up to the main event status. Also gives the wrestling fans what other sports fans have, a bracket of their favorite wrestlers to see whose favorite would walk out as the King of the Ring for the year.
The reasoning behind why I would like to see the tournament back is it was always exciting to see what new comers would enter the tournament and normally the match-ups are great. And with the year Lesnar won the tournament in 2002, the winner was granted a World title shot couple of months later at SummerSlam. I believe this would be an “incentive” for the participants to do their best and put on the best matches to make the winner look strong. As well as that, it would make a new main eventer, something that the WWE strongly needs and something that the WWE needs to start doing more of.
But to conclude this article, I do believe the WWE should bring back the King of the Ring, it could help elevate guys like Kofi Kingston and Mike Knox, and help cement in stone guys like CM Punk and Jeff Hardy in the main event status and keep them there. I do believe this could bring back some old school fans from the ‘80’s and ‘90’s back to the sport that they once loved.
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