WWE officially confirmed on this week's Friday Night SmackDown that not only will the King of the Ring tournament be returning in the near future, but the first-ever Queen's Crown Tournament will soon begin. Both single-elimination tournaments will begin next on next week's SmackDown, which is being dubbed the show's season premiere. WWE has not held a King of the Ring tournament since Baron Corbin won the crown in 2019, though Shinsuke Nakamura won the title of "King" earlier this year by beating Corbin for his crown.
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One person who has pushed incredibly hard to compete in King of the Ring in the past is Xavier Woods. The New Day member explained why in a recent interview on the Into The Danger Zone podcast.
"Seeing things dealing with the medieval times and the medieval era and anything that has those kinds of vibes, there's usually a situation where the king is like, challenged to a fight or somebody wants to like challenge or authority, whatever. The king selects a champion to fight for him," Woods said (h/t Fightful). "That tells me champions don't have kings. But kings have champions. Making kings have more power than the champion, a champion works for a king, a king works for no one. Think about the long, long, long, long lineage of people that have held the Heavyweight Championship that's a lot. Even to this point, the Universal Championship. That's a lot of people.
"To me, the crown is a representation of passing the test. The Heavyweight Championship is a representation of climbing the mountain and beating the person on top, extremely important. As an academic. I want to be tested. I want my test, my Scantron, to do my essay. Let me present in front of the class, test me. Test me so I can know if I will pass or fail, so I know. I don't necessarily think that I've earned anything because I have yet to be tested in the way that I feel a king would be tested. That's why I want it so bad. Because, yeah, it's cool to have the crown and do a gimmick and all this stuff with it. But on a deeper note as like a human as Austin Watson, I want that test so that I can know. So I've talked all this stuff about King of the Ring and all this stuff. But if I went out and just underperformed. Alright, cool. I know now and I'll shut up. But like, you want a draw? That to me is it. Winning one match? Anybody can win one match on a given day, winning a full tournament on one night? That's not something that happens at random to anyone."