The King of Harts defends his Intercontinental Championship in WWE's first-ever Triple Threat Match.06/20/2017 - 16:15
Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
Triple H pays a surprise visit to Charlie Guenigault, a London police officer wounded in the attack at London Bridge, to personally thank him for his heroism and deliver a message from Charlie's favorite Superstar, Sami Zayn.06/20/2017 - 17:30
After losing to Triple H, Kane removes his mask and reveals his scarred face.06/13/2017 - 16:45
Take a walk through WWE history and see all 50 Superstars who captured the WWE Championship, including John Cena, The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and more!06/16/2017 - 17:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
Before they compete for the WWE Championship at WWE Money in the Bank, The Viper and The Modern-Day Maharaja face off.06/13/2017 - 22:00
Kurt Angle cleans house until Randy Orton runs through the crowd to sneak into the ring and RKO the Olympic Hero.05/30/2017 - 14:45
With Randy Orton as special guest referee, the odds of Goldberg defeating Ric Flair are slim.06/09/2017 - 15:30
Long before he became a 14-time World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H set his sights on his first title in WCW against WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko.06/07/2017 - 15:00
The outnumbered team of Goldberg & Shawn Michaels deals with three opponents and outside interference.06/08/2017 - 15:15
WWE Bring it Back!: The King of the Ring pay-per-view
Between 1993 and 2002, WWE centered an entire pay-per-view around its longstanding elimination tournament, King of the Ring – a glorious honor, contested since 1985.
As a result of its unique theme and its wide scale popularity, this summer extravaganza put numerous Superstars on the fast track to success, creating infectious electricity that arguably placed it on the same level as WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series and SummerSlam. WWE.com calls for the return to this all-out regal pay-per-view.
Although the King of the Ring tournament has been contested several times since 2002 on both Raw and SmackDown, making it the focus of a high-profile pay-per-view gave it a divine energy. By winning this contest of extreme intestinal fortitude at such a large scale event, a Superstar instantly set himself apart from the pack. Although, it did not give the winner a championship title straightaway, it laid the ground work for greatness, propelling him to a level of competition where the WWE Title would surely be decided.
With such a prize at stake, the true majesty of becoming King of the Ring really had little to do with wearing a crown or holding a scepter. It allowed a Superstar to prove – to himself, the locker room and the entire WWE Universe – that he had what it took to become the face of WWE. Such success ignited rivalries such as Bret “Hit Man” Hart and Jerry “The King” Lawler, inspired the rebellious “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to utter the words “Austin 3:16” for the first time and led Triple H to “crown” Mankind in a brutal post-match assault.
However, the splendor of King of the Ring went far beyond putting a Superstar on the thrown. Additional matches of epic proportion – unrelated to the tournament itself – latched on to the excitement and transformed already fierce showdowns into a thing of legend.
It was at King of the Ring '93 where a crooked photographer cost Hulk Hogan the WWE Title in what would be his last WWE match in the '90’s, where The Undertaker threw Mankind off the sadistic Hell in a Cell and into immortality in '98, where The Rock captured Triple H’s WWE Title in an earth-shattering six-man tag team encounter in 2000 and where Kurt Angle hurled Shane McMahon through the glass set numerous times in '01, shattering it into a million pieces.
Reviving such a glorious pay-per-view tradition would serve as the perfect battleground for the intense combination of up-and-coming athletes and battle-tested warriors that now occupy the WWE locker room. Would Dolph Ziggler be destined to take the throne over Randy Orton? Could Evan Bourne lift the monarchy to new heights? Heavy is the head that wears the crown. But, would Big Show or Brodus Clay prove the heaviest of all?
All hail, King of the Ring! WWE, bring it back!
Relive the royal madness of the King of the Ring pay-per-view. Order WWE: Best of King of the Ring on DVD and Blu-Ray today.