WWE has announced the brackets for this year’s King Of The Ring and Queen’s Crown, with both tournaments having kicked off on the most recent episode of SmackDown.
News that a women’s version of King of the Ring, now named ‘Queen’s Crown’, was reported to be in the works back in July, while rumours of King of the Ring itself being held for the first time since 2019 began doing the rounds in August.
The full brackets for both have now been released by WWE, coinciding with the first matches of the tournaments taking place. The first bouts for King of the Ring saw Finn Balor defeat Cesaro, and Sami Zayn emerging victorious from his battle with Rey Mysterio. This means Balor and Zayn will face off in the semi-finals. On the Raw side of things, Kofi Kingston will take on Jinder Mahal and Xavier Woods will face Ricochet. If Woods and Kingston both win, we could see an all-New Day semi-final on the red brand.
The first-ever Queen’s Crown, meanwhile, started with Carmella beating Liv Morgan to advance and Zelina Vega overcoming Toni Storm. The other first-round match-ups will see Doudrop taking on Natalya and Dana Brooke having a mountain to climb as she facesShayna Baszler.
The King Of The Ring tournament started in 1985 and was first won by Don Muraco. At that time it was held annually in non-televised house shows. It became one of WWE’s ‘Big Five’ pay-per-views in 1993, with the first broadcast version being won by Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Several subsequent winners have gone on to have legendary careers, including ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar.