WWE surprised its audience with the news they’re bringing back the King of the Ring tournament next Monday (Aug. 19), on Raw. They followed that up by announcing the names of the 16 men who will be competing for the crown.
The latest details aren’t official, at least not yet, but they are being officially reported by Wrestling Observer.
According to Dave Meltzer’s report, the first King of the Ring tournament since 2015 will be a multiple week affair, stretching across both Raw and SmackDown. The final will then take place at Clash of Champions, the pay-per-view (PPV) event happening Sun. Sept. 15 in Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.
We’ve yet to see a bracket or hear any match-ups. The line-up of wrestlers features eight Raw Superstars and eight SmackDown Superstars. It would make sense for talent to compete on their own show with the final being a red vs. blue affair (reinforcing a brand split which is rumored to return once SmackDown moves to Fox on Oct. 4, and which might also feed into Survivor Series, the 2019 version of which was advertised during SummerSlam as a again being a brand against brand affair), but that’s just speculation on my part.
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