A new report has revealed that a famous name could be coming back to the WWE Premium Live Event schedule in 2023.
The first-ever King of the Ring tournament was held back in 1985, and was won by WWE Hall of Famer Don Muraco. As the tournament grew in popularity it eventually became a standalone event in 1993.
From here the show became an annual event until it was taken off the calendar for 2003. During this period the tournament was won by the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle, Edge and Brock Lesnar.
Although the tournament itself continued intermittently, the event only returned once more, with Wade Barrett being crowned king in 2015.
WWE Looking To Move Away From Gimmick Premium Live Events
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer offered an update on WWE’s Premium Live Event schedule for 2023. Meltzer notes that there are plans to run another event in the United Kingdom alongside the usual two shows in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, a move away from gimmick events could see the return of King of the Ring.
“There are a lot of PPV changes rumored for 2023 which include the idea of doing one PPV per year from the U.K. to go along with the two from Saudi Arabia. The other change seems to be less gimmick named PPV shows.
There is talk of bringing back the King of the Ring tournament with a show that would be both King of the Ring and Queen of the Ring. King of the Ring was dropped as a PPV by Vince McMahon due to drawing weak numbers back in 2002.
Today, with no need to have PPVs draw as separate buys, things like not putting on shows that didn’t draw, or having to do the shows in prime time since most of the money comes from the U.S., but now the money is guaranteed by Peacock, changes the dynamic of having the consistent 8 p.m. Eastern time start.”
WWE held a King of the Ring tournament in 2021 which saw the finals held at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. At the event Xavier Woods was crowned King, while a tournament titled Queens Crown was held for the first time, eventually being won by Zelina Vega.