Due to the confusing finish between Samoa Joe and Ricochet on Raw, the red brand's King of the Ring semifinal will now be a triple threat.
Vince McMahon might not be a fan of tournament wrestling, but we certainly are. Between the G1, Super J-Cup, and King of the Ring, we have been treated to an abundance of it so far this summer. We thought that the KOTR would be mostly missable but credit to WWE, pretty much every match we have been treated to so far has been fairly entertaining.
Heading into this week, the tournament was down to its final eight participants. Four on the Raw side of the bracket and another four on SmackDown's side. The shows' respective semifinals kicked off on Raw last night with a match between Baron Corbin and Cedric Alexander. Due to Alexander being attacked before the match by The OC, Corbin managed to pick up what was an easier win than it should have been.
The second KOTR match on Monday night pitted Ricochet against Samoa Joe. Since no one was attacked beforehand, the playing field was a lot more level. In fact, it was a little too level. After a big move from the top rope, both men were out for the count. All they could muster was an arm across one another, which we're not really sure either was fully aware of. Technically, both men were covered with their shoulders down, so the referee counted three.
A match ending in a draw isn't really something that can happen in a tournament. WWE needed to come up with a solution, and Corbin hoped that solution would be a bye directly to the KOTR final at Clash of Champions. Sadly for The Lone Wolf, that's not what happened. Instead, Corbin, Joe, and Ricochet will compete in a triple threat for a spot in that match.
The triple threat Raw KOTR final will take place in six days on the Raw that will emanate from Madison Square Garden. At this moment in time, that go-home show is starting to look pretty stacked. Meanwhile, Elias, Ali, Chad Gable, and Andrade will compete in SmackDown's semifinals tonight. Here's hoping the results aren't as confusing as the ones on Raw.