Adam Pearce has alerted fans of the King Of The Ring tournament with a message on social media after reigning king, King Corbin said he’d like to defend his crown.
Corbin won the last King Of The Ring tournament held in WWE in 2019 defeating Chad Gable in the final. Giving himself another promotion after winning the tournament, Corbin went from Baron to Constable to King Corbin. Now reigning on SmackDown he has found himself drawing the ire of Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura has stolen Corbin’s crown leaving the king royally upset.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, Corbin discussed the prestige of being King Of The Ring and how it is something every other WWE Superstar has their eye on. Corbin noted Nakamura’s antics and responded to fellow competitor that has made no secret in the past of his desire to sit on WWE’s throne, Xavier Woods.
“I think everyone has had their eye on it, just like they do with a Championship title. They want an opportunity, a chance, and they want to earn it. That’s what the crown does to people. Then you have people who are cowards like Shinsuke who want to steal it.”
“At least Xavier Woods wants to earn an opportunity to wear the crown. It’s important to him and his career. I’m happy to make it a disappointment and a regret in his long career, that he came up short in something he really wanted. A tournament is what’s necessary to wear the crown. If you want a shot, talk to somebody, cry to people, and get it set up. Xavier Woods, I would love to face him in the tournament. His dream will be cut short, but I’m happy to do it and defend it in the right circumstances.”
This drew a response from on-screen WWE official and backstage producer, Adam Pearce. Taking to social media Pearce warned fans to “stay tuned.”
“I know that I have had many conversations with @BaronCorbinWWEon this very topic. Stay tuned.”
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) June 16, 2021
The King Of The Ring concept in WWE dates back to 1985 when Don Muraco defeated The Iron Sheik to be crowned the inaugural king. In 1993 the tournament was the basis for WWE’s annual June pay-per-view with Bret Hart winning the first of those crowns, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow in that year’s final.
Memorable moments from King Of The Ring history include Stone Cold Steve Austin coining “Austin 3:16” in 1996, Owen Hart becoming the King of Harts in 1994, and in 2006 Booker T dropped the T and encouraged everyone to “All hail King Booker” after winning that year’s crown.