WWE King Of The Ring 2019 kicked off last week and the first round is well underway.
So far, two Superstars each from Monday Night RAW (Samoa Joe & Cedric Alexander) and SmackDown Live (Elias & Andrade) have qualified for the quarter-finals, and this week four more competitors will advance to the next stage of the tournament.
During a recent Q&A session on Facebook, WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle noted that the winner of this year’s King Of The Ring will enjoy the main event spotlight going forward.
“The winner of the King of the Ring will most likely be in the hunt for the World Title. I’m not going to mention who needs to win it because every single athlete in the tournament will need to win it.”
The Olympic Gold Medallist further stated that the winner would not be limited to the World Title picture, in fact, looking at history, it’s pretty clear that he would also proceed to “conquer” WWE in its entirety.
“If you look at previous winners, most of them conquered the WWE after they won the King of the Ring.”
Here’s the list of the King Of The Ring winners in chronological order:
- Don Muraco (1985)
- Harley Race (1986)
- Randy Savage (1987)
- Ted DiBiase (1988)
- Tito Santana (1989)
- Bret Hart (1991, 1993)
- Owen Hart (1994)
- Mabel (1995)
- Stone Cold Steve Austin (1996)
- Triple H (1997)
- Ken Shamrock (1998)
- Billy Gunn (1999)
- Kurt Angle (2000)
- Edge (2001)
- Brock Lesnar (2002)
- Booker T (2006)
- William Regal (2008)
- Sheamus (2010)
- Bad News Barrett (2015)
As previously reported, WWE brought back the tournament this year with the sole purpose of pushing one Superstar.
However, it looks like the name that WWE initially had in mind could change because former Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy is the new fan favorite in town (just in case it wasn’t his name already).
Per rumors, Murphy could potentially reach the finals and walk out as the winner of the King Of The Ring 2019 next month at Clash Of Champions.