The brackets have been revealed for both the King Of The Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments as WWE Superstars look to claim the royal titles for themselves.
It was initially reported back in August that the King of the Ring tournament would be returning for the first time since 2019. While plans for the first-ever Queen’s Crown, originally believed to be called Queen of the Ring, were reported in July.
With both tournaments kicking off on SmackDown, the full brackets have been released by WWE. On SmackDown Finn Balor defeated Cesaro in the all-European first-round tie and Sami Zayn advanced at the expense of Rey Mysterio. Balor and Zayn will now meet in the semi-finals on the SmackDown side of the draw. The rest of the first-round ties sees Kofi Kingston face Jinder Mahal with an all-New Day semi-final a possibility as Xavier Woods takes on Ricochet.
The Queen’s Crown Tournament also got underway on the season premiere of SmackDown as Carmella defeated Liv Morgan and Zelina Vega bested Toni Storm. The rest of the first round sees Doudrop face Natalya and Dana Brooke take on Shayna Baszler.
The King Of The Ring tournament was originally created back in the late 1980s. The tournaments were held at regular house show events and went untelevised. During this spell, winners included Randy Savage and Harley Race.
The tournament later became a special show in its own right in 1993, with Bret Hart triumphing in the final. The show was then broadcast annually until 2002. Notable winners include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar. The tournament was revived in 2005 but took place mainly across WWE’s regular programming.
The King Of The Ring pay-per-view was briefly brought back in 2015, which saw the crowning of “King Barrett,” but has not appeared since. The last recognised King Of The Ring winner was Baron Corbin who was crowned king on the September 16th, 2019 episode of Monday Night Raw.