Before Money in the Bank was even a concept to help superstars reach that all-important next level in WWE, the King of the Ring was the perfect platform to help superstars get over.
The long list of elite stars that have sat on the throne speaks volumes.
KING OF THE RING
The likes of Bad News Barrett and Sheamus might have worn the crown most recently and added little value to the entire concept, so it can be hard to believe at times that Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Owen Hart, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Edge and other massive names have held the moniker of King of the Ring.
Sadly, a once-legendary event has disappeared off the WWE calendar and is nowhere to be seen.
However, not that WWE continues to grow and thrive with a stacked roster and more eyes on the product thanks to some mainstream stars, the time is right to bring back the coveted show the older audience is desperate to see again.
The United Kingdom Championship Tournament. The Cruiserweight Classic. The Dusty Rhodes Classic. The Mae Young Classic. The fact is; tournaments seem to work in the WWE if they are booked correctly with something meaningful on the line.
The mistake WWE has made with recent King of the Ring tournaments is that there's no hype or build and with nothing meaningful on the line in what ends up as a rushed tournament, the fans don't feel that emotional attachment to it.
The tournaments we have seen recently have been fun; it's that knockout format where you don't know which way the matches can go is what makes it so compelling. When WWE advertises King of the Ring one week, and it takes place the following week, there's just no time for fans to get on board.
If it's booked rushed, it's going to feel rushed. That was never the case with previous editions and with a similar build, it could work perfectly like the recent tournaments where every victory is meaningful.
WWE fans seem to love a good tournament nowadays, so it's the perfect time for the WWE to capitalise on a format which has worked so well for them.
Then again, WWE likes creating history - so a version for the female athletes wouldn't be out of the picture either.
PLATFORM FOR GREATNESS
It's an event which birthed the infamous Austin 3:16 speech which propelled him to heights fans never knew existed - this tournament can help find that next gem that the fans can eventually get behind with several impressive victories.
We saw it years ago that this concept can work, and it's not just on a one-off occasion. It doesn't mean the WWE needs to stick every main event star possible into the tournament, as it can be used to have some with potential and gently nudge them on a weekly basis to eventually winning the entire thing.
Now is the perfect time for it, as fans argue that it's the most stacked roster the WWE has ever had on its books, even in the mid-card scene. The sad part is, not every single one of them can catch a lucky break to get over and enter the title picture, but this is where a tournament like King of the Ring can help.
It has the history behind it, it has the success rate and perfectly showcases what past winners have been able to achieve in the past. If WWE decides to incorporate all of this and make a massive deal of what a win truly means, it can end up meaning a lot more than merely a crown and a throne which is what it eventually became.
It's a perfect way to create new, fresh contenders where it shows that they had to work to get a title shot over the course of several, gruelling weeks.
MAKES EVENTS MEANINGFUL
Over the years, WWE has removed some of the historic events from the calendar and replaced them with meaningless gimmick shows which the fans simply aren't excited by.
Great Balls of Fire, Fastlane and many more don't have any value other than changing the RAW and SmackDown stages and calling it a pay-per-view. The problem WWE faces with these gimmick events, though, is that fans are quickly bored by it as some of the matches serve very little purpose.
This problem can easily be fixed by the King of Ring, as its inclusion on the WWE calendar allows the WWE to build around it months prior to the show. There's no real gimmick, it's a tournament where each man wants to win and be called the eventual king. No cages, no cells, no silly event names - just a straight-up legendary tournament.
If you merge all of the above together, it's the perfect combination.
You have the deserving stars that are chasing time on television to get in the limelight to show what they're capable of. That alone gets the fans invested as they can see a new side to stars they never thought anything of, and that can add a whole new dynamic that makes the event must-watch.
It wouldn't be a throwaway event, there would be a lot on the line with talented stars vying to be the next Austin or Triple H to help cement their status as bona fide main event stars.
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