WWE are considering bringing back the King Of The Ring, but it will be very different to the pay per view that used to bear its name.
In January of this year, WWE staged a two day tournament live from Blackpool in the United Kingdom. The weekend of wrestling featured some of the best names from the British scene and culminated in them crowning the company’s first ever United Kingdom Champion, Tyler Bate.
Since then there have been murmurings of WWE launching a UK-only show on the Network, akin to that of 205 Live for the cruiserweights. However, those ideas have yet to come to fruition. They’ve clearly not given up on the idea of having a UK branch of WWE though by regularly featuring Superstars like Bate and Pete Dunne on NXT as well as linking up with British promotions such as Progress and ICW.
What’s next for WWE and their ventures across the pond though? Well we may finally have an answer. According to PWInsider WWE are in talks with British TV channel ITV regarding a weekly show featuring their British Superstars. If it goes ahead the show could potentially be named King Of The Ring. WWE obviously own all the rights to that name and currently don’t use it so it makes a lot of sense.
This news comes may come as quite a surprise in that WWE aren’t trying to launch a show on their own network for the UK talent. It does add up though. ITV has shown interest in bringing pro wrestling back to British screens recently, first via their one off World Of Sport special on New Year’s Eve and then through a deal with Jeff Jarrett that ended up falling through. Clearly there is a gap in the market and WWE and ITV look set on plugging it.
The British wrestling scene is thriving at the moment and every day WWE let go by without capitalizing on it is a day wasted. One man in particular that Triple H and William Regal seem to be particularly interested in is current UK Champion, Pete Dunne. While he may begin his WWE career on the British show once it has finally launched, it’s hard to imagine that The Bruiserweight won’t one day end up in NXT and possibly even on the main roster.
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