King of the Ring (2015) 2015 WWE Network event

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King of the Ring
King of the Ring 2015 logo.png
Official logo of the 2015 King of the Ring tournament
PromotionWWE
DateApril 27–28, 2015
CityGreen Bay, Wisconsin (April 27)
Moline, Illinois (April 28)
VenueResch Center (April 27)
iWireless Center (April 28)
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The 2015 King of the Ring was a professional wrestling tournament and WWE Network event that was held by WWE and featured the 20th King of the Ring tournament. The tournament was held over two nights – with the opening round matches on April 27, 2015, as part of the live Raw broadcast on USA Network from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the semi-finals and final on April 28, 2015, which aired live on the WWE Network from the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. It was the first tournament held since 2010 and the only since 2002 to have a dedicated event. The 2015 tournament was won by Bad News Barrett.

Background

The King of the Ring tournament is a single-elimination tournament that was established by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 1985 with the winner being crowned "King of the Ring." It was held annually until 1991, with the exception of 1990. These early tournaments were held as special non-televised house shows and were held when the promotion was still called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, renamed to WWE in 2002).[1] In 1993, the promotion began to produce the King of the Ring tournament as a self-titled pay-per-view (PPV). Unlike the previous non-televised events, the PPV did not feature all of the tournament's matches. Instead, several of the qualifying matches preceded the event with the final few matches then taking place at the pay-per-view. There were also other matches that took place at the event as it was a traditional three-hour pay-per-view.[2]

King of the Ring continued as the annual June PPV until the 2002 event, which was the final King of the Ring produced as a PPV.[3] Following the conclusion of the PPV chronology, the tournament began to be held periodically every few years, first making its return in 2006, which was held exclusively for wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand—the 2008 and 2010 tournaments also featured wrestlers from WWE's other brands. In April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name of World Wrestling Entertainment with "WWE" becoming an orphaned initialism. That August, the brand extension ended with both the Raw and SmackDown shows featuring the full main roster. The 2015 tournament was the 20th King of the Ring tournament. It was held over two nights – with the opening round matches on April 27, 2015, as part of the live Raw broadcast on USA Network from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the semi-finals and final on April 28, 2015, which aired live as a WWE Network-exclusive event from the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. It was the first and so far only King of the Ring tournament to have a dedicated event since the final PPV in 2002.[4][5]

Results

Quarter-finals

Raw (Quarter-final matches) – April 27
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Bad News Barrett defeated Dolph Ziggler King of the Ring quarterfinal match 8:18
2 R-Truth defeated Stardust King of the Ring quarterfinal match 3:47
3 Sheamus defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification King of the Ring quarterfinal match 12:29
4 Neville defeated Luke Harper King of the Ring quarterfinal match 10:12

Finals

Bad News Barrett, the winner of the King of the Ring 2015.
WWE Network event (Semi-final and final matches) – April 28
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Neville defeated Sheamus King of the Ring semifinal match 5:43
2 Bad News Barrett defeated R-Truth King of the Ring semifinal match 4:37
3 Bad News Barrett defeated Neville King of the Ring final match 7:10

Bracket

Quarterfinals
Raw
April 27
Semifinals
WWE Network
April 28
Final
WWE Network
April 28
         
Dolph Ziggler 8:18
Bad News Barrett Pin
Bad News Barrett Pin
R-Truth 4:37
R-Truth Pin
Stardust 3:47
Bad News Barrett Pin
Neville 7:10
Dean Ambrose 12:29
Sheamus DQ
Sheamus 5:43
Neville Pin
Neville Pin
Luke Harper 10:12

References

  1. ^ Beaston, Erik (August 18, 2019). "WWE King of the Ring: Everything You Need to Know About Historical Tournament". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "King of the Ring 1993". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  3. ^ "King of the Ring 2002 results". Online World of Wrestling. June 23, 2002. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  4. ^ "Raw: The King of the Ring tournament Returns to Raw – This Monday". WWE. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-04-27.
  5. ^ "PWTorch.com – CALDWELL'S WWE KOTR SPECIAL REPORT 4/28: Complete "virtual-time coverage" of King of the Ring finals on WWE Network". pwtorch.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.


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