Back in March WWE announced that the King of the Ring tournament would be making a return.
Not only that, it would be joined by a Queen of the Ring tournament, with the winners to be crowned at King And Queen of the Ring on May 27th in Saudi Arabia.
The first-ever King of the Ring tournament was held back in 1985 and was won by WWE Hall of Famer Don Muraco.
After a break, the King of the Ring tournament returned in 2021, with Xavier Woods winning the title at Crown Jewel. Zelina Vega won the Queen’s Crown tournament at the same event.
However, on April 13th, WWE announced that the event on May 27th will now be titled Night of Champions. This will be the first time that an event of that name has been run outside of the United States.
The May 27th Premium Live Event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will now be WWE Night of Champions! pic.twitter.com/Cxj40LzIza
— WWE (@WWE) April 13, 2023
Night of Champions previously ran between 2007 and 2015.
There has been much discussion already about why the change has been made, including speculation that the decision came directly from Vince McMahon who has scrapped King of the Ring previously on more than one occasion.
Meanwhile, it has now been reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsider that the change was a “creative choice.” Although there is no word on who ultimately made this choice.
Roman Reigns Closes In On 1000 Days At The Top Of WWE
Interestingly, it has been noted online that May 27th is the same day that Roman Reigns’ incredible run as World Champion will hit 1000 days. Reigns has held the Universal Title since overcoming Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt at Payback 2020. The Tribal Chief added the WWE Title at WrestleMania 38 with a win over Brock Lesnar. Since then he has been known as the Undisputed WWE Universal Title.