WWE and Triple H discussing bringing back King of the Ring as a premium live event

Triple H has made several changes to the WWE product since being named Head of Creative in July. It seems like another is on the way in the form of a popular premium live event returning to the calendar.

Following reports from Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston that the company had canceled its Day 1 show for 2023, there was speculation that WWE would replace them to maintain 12 premium live events per year. That seems to be the direction.

Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there has been discussion within WWE that King of the Ring will return as a premium live event. Here’s what he wrote:

“There is talk of bringing back the King of the Ring tournament with a show that would be both King of the Ring and Queen of the Ring,” Meltzer wrote.

WWE is dropping Day 1 & Hell in a Cell next year and bringing back King of the Ring on pay-per-view, which makes me happy because I wanted them to bring King of the Ring on pay-per-view for the last time was a pay-per-view in 2002

The King of the Ring tournament has been a semi-regular concept for the past several years, but the last time it was held as a pay-per-view was in 2002. Meltzer also wrote about why the event was canceled at the time:

“King of the Ring was dropped as a PPV by Vince McMahon for drawing weak numbers in 2002. Today without having to pull PPVs as separate purchases, things like not doing shows that haven’t been pulled or having to do prime time shows as most of the money comes from the US but now the money is guaranteed by Peacock, the dynamic of the constant start changes at 8 p.m. Eastern Time,” Meltzer continued. [H/T WrestleTalk]

It would be a welcome move to feature the King and Queen of the Ring tournaments in their own Premium Live Event. WWE can increase its importance by adding stakes like a World Title Shot to respective winners.

Who won the last WWE King of the Ring tournament?

The last King of the Ring tournament was held in October 2021, with the finals taking place at the Crown Jewel. It got down to Xavier Woods and Finn Balor in Saudi Arabia, with the New Day member taking the crown.

Xavier Wood’s victory at King of the Ring was an incredible feel-good moment. Nobody wanted that more than Woods. I’m so happy for him.#WWECrownJewel

On the women’s side, WWE hosted the first-ever Queen’s Crown Tournament. However, it was not a great success. All quarter-final and semi-final matches lasted a combined overall of almost 14 minutes. In the final, Zelina Vega defeated Doudrop at Crown Jewel 2021.

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