The historic King of the Ring tournament made a return to the WWE this week, which saw eight superstars trying to reign supreme in a two-day tournament with the finals airing exclusively on the WWE Network.
The quarter-final matches took place on Monday Night Raw earlier this week, Bad News Barrett defeated Dolph Ziggler after a distraction from Sheamus, R-Truth defeated Stardust, which many believed was the upset.
Sheamus went on to advance to the semi-finals by defeating Dean Ambrose by disqualification whilst the man that gravity forgot, toppled Luke Harper.
KING OF THE RING
This set up the semi-final clashes, first we saw Bad News Barrett do what was predicted, hitting the Bullhammer on R-Truth to advance to the final whilst Neville had the huge task of taking on Sheamus, aiming to guarantee our next king would be an Englishman and avoid an Irishman sitting on the throne.
Neville managed to do just that. Defeating Sheamus in just under six minutes thanks to a Dolph Ziggler distraction and he advanced to the final where the bearer of bad news was waiting for him.
Barrett was one of the favourites heading in, this whole king gimmick suited him perfectly, but with Neville quickly making his rise to the top it was difficult to rule him out.
Eventually it was Barrett who won, defeating his fellow countryman and we can be sure to be entertained by the new king.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, the original idea for the King of the Ring tournament was for it to run for several weeks.
The idea was to have the tournament begin on April 28 and the final to have taken place at a pay-per-view, but instead the WWE made the decision at some point between April 23 and April 26 to change their plans.
It’s not yet known why the WWE chose to change their plans, they decided to promote the King of the Ring tournament at the Extreme Rules event this past Sunday as Michael Cole announced the opening round would take place the following night on Raw, while the tournament would conclude on Tuesday on the WWE Network, replacing WWE Main Event.
RUSHED TOURNAMENT BUT DESERVING WINNER
Fans would have also preferred to see the tournament stretched out a little. The tournament returned to the WWE after a five year absence and it felt like it was being rushed.
For the tournament and hype to have had full effect, it should have spanned over several weeks and should have culminated in a highly anticipated final at a pay-per-view, as it would keep the fans interested for a longer period of time and not just for two days.
Now it’s over to Bad News Barrett to show why he was the perfect choice to be the king.