What WWE isn't sharing about the King of the Ring tournament that starts next week on Raw might be some of the most interesting details.
Fans were excited to hear about King of the Ring returning to WWE. Not since 2015 has the company held the former pay-per-view tournament where they crowned Wade Barrett as the winner. Prior to that, Sheamus was the only other king in this decade. The problem was, it appeared from the promotions of the tournament on the most recent Raw, the 16-man tournament wasn't going to get a lot of time to play itself out.
Not clear if it was a one-night event or would be a tournament that moved between Raw and SmackDown Live, some of the finer details are starting to become clear.
The competition will play out over the next few weeks. The finals, according to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com, will take place at WWE Clash of Champions pay-per-view on September 15 from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WWE had already announced that 16-man (eight from Raw and eight from SmackDown Live) would be taking part. But we now also know the matches will take place on both shows until the finals at the pay-per-view. KOTR brackets may be announced as early as tomorrow.
Chances are, Raw stars will compete in the first brackets versus other Raw stars while SmackDown stars will get Round 1 action against other stars from the blue brand.
What This Means
While the announcement came up quickly, WWE is giving this tournament time to play out. That bodes well for the competitors involved and for the eventual winner who will be crowned King of the Ring after weeks of tournament action. It will make the tournament feel bigger and more important than if WWE tried to quickly run through an entire tournament in one or two nights.
Kevin Owens began talking about the KOTR on Tuesday's SmackDown Live and promoting it as an important win for him. Clearly, WWE wants participants to sell their involvement as much as possible.