After Raw closed on Monday WWE revealed the 16 competitors that would part of the returning King of the Ring tournament coming to Raw next week.
On Monday, after the first commercial break of the night, WWE revealed that an old pay-per-view format would be returning. It wasn't going to be a PPV event, but next week on Raw, the King of the Ring would be back and someone would walk away as the new king in WWE.
Details weren't really provided other than that the tournament would take place on Raw next Monday. Who was involved, whether or not they would be from Raw and SmackDown Live or only one brand was not clear. It took WWE's social media accounts and Raw came to an end to find out more.
WWE called the tournament grueling. Their YouTube video bragged about this history of the tournament and which big names had previously won. This year, among those trying to follow in the footsteps of some of the best to ever grace the wrestling industry.
The video didn't specifically name WWE Superstars but the images made it pretty clear and WWE.com later posted the official lineup for the tournament. Making up the full tournament roster is: Elias, The Miz, Kevin Owens, Chad Gable, Andrade, Shelton Benjamin, Buddy Murphy, Ricochet, Cedric Alexander, Cesaro, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Ali, Apollo Crews, and Samoa Joe.
What This Means
Eight competitors from SmackDown Live and eight from Raw will compete in to be crowned new King of the Ring. The early favorites have to be McIntrye, Ricochet and Kevin Owens, with Gable, Crews, and Benjamin a bit surprising as those names included in the top sixteen.
Among the names not included that is sure to make fans happy was Shane McMahon. That said, there's always a chance he could figure out how to work himself into the matchup.