King of the Ring (2019) professional wrestling tournament by WWE

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King of the Ring
KOTR19Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring the tournament participants
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
DateAugust 19 – September 16, 2019
CitySee Locations
VenueSee Locations
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The 2019 King of the Ring was the 21st edition of the King of the Ring tournament produced by WWE and was held for wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The tournament began on the August 19, 2019 episode of Monday Night Raw. It was originally scheduled to conclude at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, but was rescheduled for the following night's Raw on September 16, 2019 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was the first King of the Ring tournament since 2015. The tournament featured 16 wrestlers, eight each from the Raw and SmackDown brands, competing to win the titular honor. The winner of the 2019 tournament was Baron Corbin, who became King Corbin.

Background

The King of the Ring tournament is a single-elimination tournament that was established by 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. In mid-2016, the brand extension was reinstated.[4] On the August 12, 2019 episode of Raw, it was announced that the King of the Ring tournament would be returning for the first time since 2015.[5][6] Later that night, the competitors for the 21st King of the Ring tournament were confirmed;[7] a few days later, the bracket was officially revealed.[8] The tournament occurred across episodes of Raw and SmackDown, with a tournament bracket for each brand with the winners of each bracket facing off in the final. The final was originally scheduled to occur at the Clash of Champions PPV on September 15, 2019, but was rescheduled for the following night's Raw on September 16 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Thompson-Boling Arena.[9]

Bracket

Baron Corbin, the winner of the 2019 King of the Ring, shown here with the WWE United States Championship
First
Raw/SmackDown
8/19/19,[10][11] 8/20/19,[12]
8/26/19,[13] 8/27/19[14]
Quarter-finals
Raw/SmackDown
9/2/19,[15] 9/3/19[16]
Semi-finals
Raw/SmackDown
9/9/19,[17] 9/10/19[18][19]
Final
Raw
9/16/19[20]
        
Cesaro 10:00
Samoa Joe Sub
Samoa Joe Draw[b]
Ricochet 16:00
Ricochet Pin
Drew McIntyre 14:10
Samoa Joe
Ricochet
14:40
Raw
Baron Corbin Pin[c]
Cedric Alexander Pin
Sami Zayn 3:35
Cedric Alexander 14:30
Baron Corbin Pin
The Miz 10:00
Baron Corbin Pin
Baron Corbin Pin
Chad Gable 19:10
Kevin Owens 13:25
Elias Pin[a]
Elias Pin
Ali 11:30
Ali Pin
Buddy Murphy 11:32
Shane McMahon[d] 8:54[e]
SmackDown
Chad Gable Sub[f]
Chad Gable Pin
Shelton Benjamin 3:52
Chad Gable Pin
Andrade 7:55
Apollo Crews 9:40
Andrade Pin
  1. ^ Shane McMahon made himself special guest referee during the match.
  2. ^ Match ended in a double pinfall with both men advancing to the semi-finals.
  3. ^ This was a triple threat match.
  4. ^ Elias was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to suffering an ankle injury and McMahon made himself his replacement.
  5. ^ McMahon made this a two-out-of-three falls match after originally losing to Gable.
  6. ^ McMahon made Kevin Owens the special guest referee.

Aftermath

After winning the tournament, Corbin would dub himself King Corbin[21] and would continue to feud with Chad Gable, the tournament runner-up. At Hell in a Cell, Gable would defeat Corbin.[22] At Corbin's request, Gable was announced as Shorty Gable due to his small stature. Gable would embrace this nickname and later change it further to "Shorty G".[23] Corbin would later defeat Shorty Gable on the October 11 episode of SmackDown to end the feud.[24]

Locations

Tournament Round Date(s) City(s) Venue(s) Event(s)
First August 19, 2019 Saint Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center Raw
August 20, 2019 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Denny Sanford Premier Center SmackDown
August 26, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center Raw
August 27, 2019 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Raising Cane's River Center Arena SmackDown
Quarter-finals September 2, 2019 Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Raw
September 3, 2019 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope SmackDown
Semi-finals September 9, 2019 New York City[18][25] Madison Square Garden Raw
September 10, 2019 SmackDown
Final September 16, 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena Raw

References

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  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. ^ Pappolla, Ryan. "Draft rules revealed: Everything you need to know about the WWE Draft". WWE. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Powell, Jason (August 12, 2019). "8/12 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of Seth Rollins appearing after winning the championship at SummerSlam, Steve Austin checks in, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. The Kabuki Warriors for the WWE Women's Tag Titles, The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre vs. Cederic Alexander". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Se revelan los 16 participantes del WWE King of The Ring 2019". Solowrestling (in Spanish). August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Silverstein, Adam (August 12, 2019). "WWE King of the Ring is back: Details, 16 superstars set as event returns for second time since 2010". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 WWE King of the Ring bracket, tournament matches, results, winners, schedule, dates". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  9. ^ Silverstein, Adam; Crosby, Jack (September 10, 2019). "2019 WWE King of the Ring bracket, winners, tournament matches, results, dates, schedule". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Martinez, Phillip (August 12, 2019). "The King of the Ring tournament returns on next week's Monday Night RAW". Newsweek. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (2019-08-19). "8/19 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of AJ Styles vs. Braun Strowman for the U.S. Championship, and Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn in first round King of the Ring tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Powell, Jason (August 20, 2019). "8/20 WWE Smackdown Live results: Powell's review of Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy, Kevin Owens vs. Elias and Apollo Crews vs. Andrade in first round King of the Ring tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Powell, Jason (August 26, 2019). "8/26 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin vs. The Miz in first round King of the Ring tournament matches, Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley vs. Nikki Cross, the build to Clash of Champions continues". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  14. ^ Barnett, Jake (August 27, 2019). "8/27 WWE Smackdown Live Results: Barnett's review of Ali vs. Buddy Murphy and Chad Gable vs. Shelton Benjamin in first round King of the Ring matches, Daniel Bryan and Rowan demand an apology from Roman Reigns". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Powell, Jason (September 2, 2019). "9/2 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander vs. Baron Corbin in King of the Ring quarterfinal matches, Rey Mysterio returns, the build to Clash of Champions continues". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Powell, Jason (September 3, 2019). "9/3 WWE Smackdown Live Results: Powell's review of Ali vs. Elias and Chad Gable vs. Andrade in quarterfinal King of the Ring tournament matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  17. ^ Powell, Jason (September 9, 2019). "9/9 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of Steve Austin moderating the Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman contract signing, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley, Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin in King of the Ring semifinal match, Rey Mysterio vs. Gran Metalik". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  18. ^ a b "MSG on Twitter: JUST ANNOUNCED: The Semi-Finals of this years #KingOfTheRing Tournament will take place at MSG on the 9/9 Monday Night RAW & 9/10 Smackdown Live!". MSG On Twitter. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Barnett, Jake (September 10, 2019). "9/10 WWE Smackdown Live Results: Barnett's review of Undertaker's appearance, final hype for Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton at WWE Clash of Champions, The Miz vs. Andrade". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Powell, Jason (September 16, 2019). "9/16 WWE Raw Results: Powell's review of Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin in King of the Ring tournament finals, the Street Profits hosting a gender reveal party for Maria Kanellis's baby, the begin of the Hell in a Cell build". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Baron Corbin def. Chad Gable to win the 2019 King of the Ring Tournament". WWE.com. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  22. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Chad Gable def. King Corbin". WWE. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  23. ^ "Chad Gable embraces life as Shorty G: SmackDown, Oct. 18, 2019". Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "King Corbin def. Shorty Gable". WWE. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Madison Square Garden To Host WWE King Of The Ring Semi-Finals". Fightful Wrestling. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
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