The King of the Ring tournament is set to return after a hiatus of four years that will give us a new king in the near future. WWE.com has announced that 16 superstars from Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live will participate in this elimination kind of series. Plus, RAW vs. RAW and SmackDown vs. SmackDown matches have been confirmed for the first round which begins, this week.
As earlier reported by PWInsider.com, the tourney begins this Monday’s RAW from St. Paul, Minnesota continuing on Tuesday’s SmackDown from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It will continue on August 26 and 27 episodes of RAW in New Orleans and on SmackDown the next night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The September 9 and 10 episodes of Raw and SmackDown which take place at Madison Square Garden in the New York City will declare the finalists.
Meanwhile, we have received reports on who could eventually become the 2019 King of the Ring tournament. WWELeaks.org has now revealed the potential favorites’ list which is topped by Drew McIntyre of Raw and Kevin Owens and Smackdown Live. These two have 6/4 and 9/2 odds respectively, followed by Baron Corbin and Ricochet who stand at 6/1 whereas Samoa Joe is with 8/1.
Check out the full bracketology of matches as revealed by King of the Ring tournament,
* Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe
* Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre
* Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn
* The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
* Kevin Owens vs. WWE 24/7 Champion Elias
* Ali vs. Buddy Murphy
* Chad Gable vs. Shelton Benjamin
* Apollo Crews vs. Andrade
* Cesaro or Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet or Drew McIntyre
* Cedric Alexander or Sami Zayn vs. The Miz or Baron Corbin
* Kevin Owens or Elias vs. Ali or Buddy Murphy
* Chad Gable or Shelton Benjamin vs. Apollo Crews or Andrade
* Cesaro or Samoa Joe or Ricochet or Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander or Sami Zayn or The Miz or Baron Corbin
* Kevin Owens or Elias or Ali or Buddy Murphy vs. Chad Gable or Shelton Benjamin or Apollo Crews or Andrade
*TBD vs. TBD
As we look forward to the 2019 King of the Ring, tonight’s Raw will kick things off with two fresh matches on the card. Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn are the two lineups whereas, on Smackdown, Kevin Owens vs. Elias and Andrade vs. Apollo Crews will take place in the first round.