Way, way back in the day, the King of the Ring event was just held annually. When I say way back, I don’t mean like, 2003. I’m talking about 1985 through 1991. The event was aired on Pay-Per-View and network television for years until 2003 when it was replaced by ‘Bad Blood’. But, the King of the Ring would not be denied and it came back in 2006 exclusively under the SmackDown brand … then in 2010, it was an inter-brand affair once more. However, the last time we’ve seen the King of the Ring was back in 2015. But it’s back in 2019 again!
Following the old school format, 16 wrestlers – 8 from SmackDown Live and 8 from Raw, where they meet in single-elimination combat until it’s whittled down to the Finals at the Clash of the Champions. We’ll have to check the Bovada Review to see if they have odds once we get closer to the Finals.
So far, Elias has taken out Kevin Owens. He awaits the victor of the upcoming match between Ali and Buddy Murphy. And Andrade took down Apollo Crews by pinning him at nine minutes and 40 seconds into the match. Now Andrade will face either Chad Gable or Shelton Benjamin.
As far as the match between Ali and Buddy Murphy is concerned, we have to think that Buddy Murphy will get the nod to advance. After all of the storylines and implications in the Roman Reigns attacks, it makes more sense to set Buddy Murphy up in the spotlight.
I was a little surprised to see The MIZ taken down by Baron Corbin in the first round. Especially after his SummerSlam win. So now, Baron Corbin has advanced into the Quarter-Finals, and so has Cedric Alexander. Alexander, smoked Sami Zayn in just three-and-a-half minutes. This is a tough one to predict, though I have to give the edge to Corbin to move on to the Semis to face either Samoa Joe or Ricochet. On that note, Samoa Joe submitted Cesaro after a 10-minute battle and Ricochet got a pin on Drew McIntyre after a grueling 14-minute and 10-second fight– the longest King of the Ring bout so far in the 2019 iteration.
So who will win? Samoa Joe or Ricochet? Back in June Ricochet stunned Samoa Joe at Stomping Grounds to become the United States Champion, his first WWE title. It was a match that brought Ricochet up to the front but still left Samoa Joe looking like a dangerous contender. So, will Ricochet continue his rise, or will Joe get his revenge?
We’ll have to wait and see! If you are like me, you can’t wait until Clash of Champions 2019. In addition to the King of the Ring Finals, we get to see Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins vs. Braun Stroman for the Universal Championship, and in a rare turn of events, Seth Rollins and Braun Stroman vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode in the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship right before they fight each other for the Universal Belt.
This build-up with the King of the Ring and other storylines is almost too much to take!