WWE have announced that King of the Ring and a brand new tournament titled Queen’s Crown will begin on October 8th.
During the most recent episode of SmackDown it was confirmed that King of the Ring would be returning the following week. Not only that, a new tournament featuring WWE’s female Superstars titled Queen’s Crown will also get underway on the same show.
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.
It has also been noted that the finals of both tournaments will take place at WWE Crown Jewel on October 21st in Saudi Arabia.
— WWE (@WWE) October 2, 2021
The King Of The Ring tournament was originally created back in the late 1980’s. 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 it’s 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 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.