New reports have suggested that several much-loved themed shows could be returning to WWE television with King Of The Ring and Raw Roulette looking most likely to make a comeback.
WWE fans who enjoyed the King Of The Ring may have had their ears prick up after a recent Tweet from WWE official Adam Pearce. Pearce was responding to King Corbin after Corbin said he wouldn’t be averse to defending his King Of The Ring crown that he won in 2019. Corbin lived to eat those words after Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Corbin to become the ‘One True King’ of SmackDown.
Pearce, however, had said:
“I know that I have had many conversations with @BaronCorbinWWEon this very topic. Stay tuned.”
Another WWE star interested in the status of King Of The Ring is Xavier Woods. The New Day member has already taken to social media to shoot his shot and declare he was entering the next King Of The Ring tournament, whenever that may be.
“Been screaming into the void about #KOTR for years so time to shoot my shot. This works for people with the rumble so I’ll try it… IM ANNOUNCING MYSELF AS THE FIRST CONTESTANT IN THE HOPEFULLY EVENTUAL KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT (let’s see if this sticks)”
Been screaming into the void about #KOTR for years so time to shoot my shot. This works for people with the rumble so I’ll try it…
IM ANNOUNCING MYSELF AS THE FIRST CONTESTANT IN THE HOPEFULLY EVENTUAL KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT (let’s see if this sticks)
— Austin #Creed4G4 – Future King of The Ring (@AustinCreedWins) June 17, 2021
According to an initial report from WrestleVotes on social media, Woods might not have to wait too long for his dreams to come true.
Hearing WWE is potentially looking at more ‘themed’ live shows upon returning to the road. Old School RAW, KOTR tourney, Viewers Choice ala Cyber Sunday all possible for late 2021, early 2022.
This was followed up with a post by Andrew Zarian of The Mat Men podcast who said:
“Piggy Backing on @WrestleVoteswith this: Raw Roulette and KOTR are more than likely to happen this year.”
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.