At the Extreme Rules pay-per-view this past Sunday it was announced the historic King of the Ring tournament would be making a return.
The first round takes place on Monday’s episode of Raw with the remainder being shown on the WWE Network, where the winner will be crowned.
One of eight superstars will be named the King of the Ring this year, in the opening round the bracket includes Dean Ambrose taking on Sheamus, Neville takes on Luke Harper, R-Truth takes on Stardust and Dolph Ziggler takes on Bad News Barrett.
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Fans will have their favourites, the likes of Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler will receive the support from the WWE Universe but I feel that heels always make better Kings, because they have that to shove down the fans throats and gloat about it, whereas it doesn’t work as well for faces, it’s great to launch someone into a star but it’s rare to see a face win this.
Here are the three I believe should be kings...
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#3 – STARDUST
Stardust is my dark horse in the King of the Ring, I don’t see R-Truth advancing, especially as there’s a lot of potential with the Stardust character and how well Cody Rhodes plays it.
I do think he has fallen down the pecking order a little, he’s still very entertaining but he’s not hitting the heights we expect of him - but a King of the Ring victory could prove to be a turning point.
He’s not boring, he’s always entertaining the fans, which means he’ll be a constant reminder that he’s the King of the Ring and he’ll be the strangest king we have ever seen.
I think his look and character suits him being an odd king, he’s always in gold whether it’s his attire or paint and adding a crown will do him no harm.
#2 – SHEAMUS
Sheamus is the defending champion, he won the King of the Ring tournament back in 2010 and returning to successfully defend his crown would certainly be a statement of intent.
We knew Sheamus would be returning as a monster heel and he’s shown glimpses of that by dismantling the smaller superstars and that probably won’t stop any time soon.
He just lost to Dolph Ziggler in a Kiss Me Arse match, but did no kissing as he hit him with the low blow and the Brogue Kick so he won’t be bowing down to a smaller superstar any time soon. If the WWE want to get the most out of his heel run then he needs to be the king of the Ring, reigning supreme over every other superstar on the roster and when things don’t go his way, he’d be more than happy to step into the ring and assert his dominance.
He’s got a great, new look for a king and retaining the crown will show that this is a tournament Sheamus dominates in.
#1 – BAD NEWS BARRETT
I believe Bad News Barrett needs to be the King of the Ring. On paper he is a heel even though he gets a great reaction every week, but this won’t stop him from trying to make the fans hate him even more.
I think he’s the perfect choice for a king, he has a great, rough look about him and like Sheamus he is someone who won’t back down from a fight either.
The fact that he’s English adds a little something else into the mix, he seems a natural choice for someone to be the king inside of the ring as well as being the king of bad news.
This would help Barrett remain in the spotlight even without the Intercontinental Championship, we know he’s talented and very underrated so perhaps the crown will help him go over and he’ll help elevate the prestige of the crown as well.