Five years since WWE crowned it’s last King Of The Ring on an episode of Monday Night RAW, the event that had crowned future WWE Hall of Famers, World Champions and WrestleMania Main Eventers was questioned whether or not it would ever come back. Some talk went into if it should be brought back as an exclusive SmackDown event, to differentiate it from WWE’s flagship, but the announcement at WWE Extreme Rules that King Of The Ring was returning as an exclusive on the WWE Network was possibly the best course of action.
Tough, only an hour, the King Of The Ring showcased the semi-finals and the finals of the tournament. But why not have the full event, including the first round matches on the Network? Perhaps to grant their Superstars a reprieve? Or to strategically raise awareness and build anticipation for who would be crowned the King Of The Ring, and the only way to find out is by subscribing to the WWE Network for only $9.99??? Kudos, WWE.
The four semi-finalists included Sheamus, the winner of the 2010 King Of The Ring, Neville, R-Truth and Wade Barrett. The tournament could have gone either way in favor of these semi-finalists, but you need a particular type of Superstar that would benefit both the legacy of the KOTR crown and their own. R-Truth is a fun character wanting to ban spiders, but isn’t quite the guy to be King Of The Ring. And Sheamus could have gone down as a two-time KOTR winner, but his distractions with Dolph Ziggler fit perfectly in benefiting his new heelish persona, and to elevate the die-hard attitude of “The Show Off” Ziggler. Did you see the color Sheamus got in that altercation? USA Network would have flipped!
The finals of the King Of The Ring, as mentioned by Michael Cole, was a rematch of the Extreme Rules Kick-Off show: Neville vs Wade Barrett. Some might complain that WWE already gave away the match on the pre-show and why would they re-do it for the KOTR main event? Because the Kick Off show was Barrett and Neville’s first go around in a WWE ring, where anything could happen, resulting in a major upset for Neville. Now it’s Round 2, and this time the KOTR crown was at stake. Both Superstars elevated their game and put on a fantastic match. However, Wade Barrett’s resolve–having been slighted his Intercontinental championship rematch due to an injured Daniel Bryan–was too much for the former NXT champion.
Wade Barrett as King Bad News or King Barrett was an awesome sight, because it shows that WWE still has high expectations for this Superstar. And the simple fact that Neville won a Kick Off match at a pay-per-view and made it all the way to the finals of the King Of The Ring tournament also shows that WWE has big plans for him.
Wade Barrett says he will rule with an iron fist and an iron Bull Hammer elbow, could we finally see King Barrett break away from the Intercontinental title picture and move towards the World Heavyweight championship picture?
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