WWE is planning to bring back a popular theme event.
According to a report from PWInsider, the WWE is set to pitch its UK series, "King Of The Ring," to UK broadcasters. The goal is to have a WWE property that is centric to the UK, produced in Great Britain and featuring an all-English cast.
The theme is single-elimination tournament held by WWE and was held annually from 1985 to 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992, and from 1993 to 2002, the tournament was produced as a pay-per-view event.
Keep in mind that despite the fact that the King of the Ring tournament was not made into a pay-per-view event until 1993, the original King of the Ring tournament was held in 1985. Don Muraco won the tournament last defeating The Iron Sheik. The following year, Harley Races was the winner and featured a regal cape and crown.
The King of the Ring was an event in which typically sixteen wrestlers wrestled in a one-on-one single elimination bracket. When a wrestler wins a match in the bracket, he advances to take on another wrestler who has also won. The final few matches would then take place at that year's King of the Ring event. The winner of the final match is officially crowned the King of the Ring.
Moving along, after a hiatus of four years, the tournament would return in 2006, the first since the 1991 edition that was not on pay-per-view, which was won by Booker T, who faced Bobby Lashley in the finals at Judgment Day. Then in 2008, the sports entertainment company brought it back on an edition of Raw, which was won by William Regal, who faced CM Punk in the finale, and in 2010 on the November 29 episode of Raw, which was won by Sheamus, who faced John Morrison in the finale.
Fast forward, the tournament returned in 2015 on the April 27 episode of Raw, with the finals taking place the next night on the WWE Network. Bad News Barrett defeated Neville in the final round.
WWE released a best of King of the Ring DVD in late 2011. The King of the Ring was the only one of the WWE's "Big Five" pay-per-view events. The others events are the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series to never be hosted at least once at Madison Square Garden.
One broadcaster WWE is set to pitch to is ITV, who has been developing a World of Sport series whose pilot aired last year but planned tapings have been pushed back.
A recent report suggests that the delay was because of ITV and Impact Wrestling failing to come to an agreement on the series. It is not known why the agreement fell apart; but some talents that were supposed to be involved blame Jeff Jarrett and Anthem Sports for pushing for an ongoing series, while ITV wanted a ten-episode series to fit the UK's short TV seasons.
ITV's original plans to move ahead with the series led to WWE speeding up their own plans for a UK-centric brand. That led to the creation of the WWE's UK Tournament and the signing of several UK talents.
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