Legendary pro wrestling commentator Jim Ross has a straightforward explanation for why he thinks WWE ended the King of the Ring PPV.
The King of the Ring was established in 1985 when the WWE was still called the World Wrestling Federation. During its run, the pay-per-view was considered one of the top events on the promotion’s calendar, along with SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, and WrestleMania. As the years went by, so has the King of the Ring’s lustre. Now, Jim Ross has reasoned why the pay-per-view concept has disappeared.
On the latest Grilling JR podcast, Ross stated that there wasn’t anything wrong with the concept, but rather the company just decided to leave it alone after a while:
“Events just thought it run his course. Pretty simple. You know, there’s no specific reason other than I think he just thought it had run its course, it was a tired concept and was trying to move on.”
The first-ever King of the Ring pay-per-view occurred in 1993 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart faced off against Bam Bam Bigelow in the tournament finals that night. Over the years, the tournament has crowned twenty-two winners, including Hall of Famers and former WWE Champions. The last to have won the crown was New Day’s Xavier Woods at last year’s Crown Jewel pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia.
Although the King of the Ring may have run its course, many fans still hold fond memories of the tournament and would like to see it return someday. As WWE heads towards the second half of the calendar year, perhaps an announcement for the event’s return is around the corner.
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