The WWE introduced right through Monday Night Raw this week that the prestigious King of the Ring match will make its go back beginning with the Aug. 19 episode of Raw. Details have slowly began to trickle out since the unique announcement — we now understand how large the match will probably be this time (16) and who will probably be in it — however the announcement did not make it transparent how lengthy the match would if truth be told remaining given how some earlier variations came about handiest in a single evening whilst others have been stretched out over weeks.
According to Wrestling Observer‘s Dave Meltzer, the WWE is recently making plans on the latter this time round. The match will get started on Monday then span the following couple of weeks of each Raw and Smackdown prior to the ultimate spherical takes position a the subsequent pay-per-view, Clash of Champions, on Sept. 15.
This yr’s individuals come with Ali, Andrade, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Buddy Murphy, Cedric Alexander, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Drew McIntyre Elias, The Miz, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe and Shelton Benjamin. Despite having a couple of veterans on the record like Miz and Benjamin, handiest McIntyre has prior to now competed in the match.
Previous winners come with Harley Rave, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Edge, Brock Lesnar, Booker T, William Regal and Sheamus. After being a constant phase of WWE’s time table from 1993-2002, the match has since popped up at random periods — 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2015, with the remaining winner being Bad New Barrett.
In a up to date episode of his The Hall of Fame Podcast, Booker T gave his prediction on who will win the match.
“I was watching Drew McIntyre earlier when they announced The King of the Ring tournament,” Booker mentioned (h/t WrestlingInc for transcription). “I see Drew McIntyre as The King: The Scottish King coming out with the robe, which is my opinion. There are a lot of guys in the tournament, but I see Drew McIntyre ascending to another level which is why I say that the fans are going to win at the end of the day, because the locker room is about turning it up right now and seeing how far we can push ourselves, and how far we can really go as far as a unit. That is the love of the game that I love and miss so much.”
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