Some pay-per-views are synonymous with the WWE and have become cornerstones of their calendar.
For instance, it's inconceivable to think that the Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, SummerSlam and, of course, WrestleMania, wouldn't be held annually.
Once upon a time, there was another pay-per-view that was held in just as high regard - the King of the Ring.
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According to NODQ.com, it could be about to be revived: "We have just been informed that WWE has applied for the trademark “King of the Ring” as an event name back on July 28th. This could be an indication that the show could be returning again. There are several brand-exclusive PPV events for 2017 that haven't been officially named."
The WWE would be wise to bring back this PPV in a significant manner. In 2015, it was used as a WWE Network special where Wade Barrett would go on to win the once prestigious event, but, in truth, it was a mid-card tournament at best.
In it's prime, the King of the Ring made bona fide stars and it's past winners include Owen Hart, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Edge, Kurt Angle and a fair few others who went on to be world champions.
Unfortunately for Barrett - who is no longer with the company - his victory wasn't given the backing that many of the aforementioned names received.
For those of you unfamiliar with the format, King of the Ring is a single-elimination tournament that was held annually from 1985 to 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992, and from 1993 to 2002 the tournament was a pay-per-view event.
Qualifying matches take place on free television before the final eight battle in knock-out competition at the actual event.
The tournament endured a four-year hiatus until its return in 2006 as an exclusive event of the SmackDown brand. The tournament returned as an inter-brand event for RAW in 2008, 2010 and 2015, but chances are SmackDown Live may well be a smart choice to help elevate the blue brand.
While it's not exactly a done deal, we can all hope the event is on its way back and some more Austin 3:16-esque moments could be on the horizon.
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