WWE are reportedly planning to launch a Queen Of The Ring tournament later in 2021.
The report from Wrestling Inc notes that the tentative plan is for the tournament to be a main roster show airing on Peacock. At time of writing it is unknown when the event will take place.
The report comes after it was suggested back in June that the original King Of The Ring could be in line for a return in late 2021 or early 2022.
Interestingly, Sasha Banks discussed the idea of a Queen Of The Ring in December, pitching the tournament as a standalone pay-per-view which would act as a follow up to the Evolution PPV from 2018.
WWE Evolution was held on October 28th 2018 and currently stands as WWE’s first and only all-women’s pay-per-view. The show featured Superstars from across all of WWE’s major brands and was headlined by the showdown between Ronda Rousey and Nikki Bella.
The topic of an all-women’s pay-per-view has returned to prominence in recent months with the announcement that Mickie James will be heading such an event for NWA titled NWA EMPOWERRR. Meanwhile, James has since been critical of WWE Evolution, saying that the show was “set up to fail.”
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.