King of the Ring (2015)

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King of the Ring
King of the Ring 2015 logo.png
Official logo of the 2015 King of the Ring tournament
PromotionWWE
DateApril 27–28, 2015
CityGreen Bay, Wisconsin (April 27)
Moline, Illinois (April 28)
VenueResch Center (April 27)
iWireless Center (April 28)
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King of the Ring (2015)
Tournament information
SportProfessional wrestling
Location
DatesApril 27, 2015–April 28, 2015
Tournament
format(s)
Single elimination tournament
Participants8
Final positions
ChampionBad News Barrett
Runner-upNeville
Tournament statistics
Matches played7
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The 2015 King of the Ring was the 11th and final King of the Ring professional wrestling event held by WWE that featured the 20th King of the Ring tournament. Unlike previous King of the Ring events, which aired on pay-per-view (PPV) from 1993 to 2002, the 2015 event aired exclusively on WWE's livestreaming service, the WWE Network, which made it the first and only King of the Ring event to air on the service. The event featured the semifinals and final of the tournament. The opening round matches were held on the April 27, 2015, episode of Raw, which aired on the USA Network from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The semifinals and final were then held on April 28, 2015, and aired live on the WWE Network from the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. It was the first tournament held since 2010 and so far the only since 2002 to have a separate dedicated event. It was also the first tournament held since the end of the first brand extension in 2011. The 2015 tournament was won by Bad News Barrett, who defeated Neville in the final and subsequently became known as King Barrett.

Background[edit]

The King of the Ring tournament is a single-elimination tournament that was established by WWE in 1985 with the winner being crowned "King of the Ring." It was held annually until 1991, with the exception of 1990. These early tournaments were held as special non-televised house shows and were held when the promotion was still called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, renamed to WWE in 2002).[1] In 1993, the promotion began to produce the King of the Ring tournament as a self-titled pay-per-view (PPV). Unlike the previous non-televised events, the PPV did not feature all of the tournament's matches. Instead, several of the qualifying matches preceded the event with the final few matches then taking place at the pay-per-view. There were also other matches that took place at the event as it was a traditional three-hour pay-per-view.[2] The King of the Ring PPV was considered one of the promotion's "Big Five" PPVs, along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble.[3]

King of the Ring continued as the annual June PPV until the 2002 event, which was the final King of the Ring produced as a PPV.[4] Following the conclusion of the PPV chronology, the tournament began to be held periodically every few years, first making its return in 2006, which was held exclusively for wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand—the 2008 and 2010 tournaments also featured wrestlers from WWE's other brands. In April 2011, WWE ceased using its full name of World Wrestling Entertainment with "WWE" becoming an orphaned initialism.[5] That August, the brand extension ended with both the Raw and SmackDown television shows featuring the full main roster. The 2015 tournament was the 20th King of the Ring tournament. It was held over two nights. The opening round matches were held on the April 27, 2015, episode of Raw, which aired on the USA Network from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The semifinals and final were then held the following day on April 28 from the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois and aired live on WWE's online streaming service, the WWE Network, which launched in February 2014. It was the first and so far only King of the Ring tournament to have a separate dedicated event since the final PPV in 2002, as well as the first and so far only King of the Ring event to air on the WWE Network.[6][7]

Results[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Raw (Quarter-final matches) – April 27
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Bad News Barrett defeated Dolph Ziggler King of the Ring quarterfinal match 8:18
2 R-Truth defeated Stardust King of the Ring quarterfinal match 3:47
3 Sheamus defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification King of the Ring quarterfinal match 12:29
4 Neville defeated Luke Harper King of the Ring quarterfinal match 10:12

Finals[edit]

Bad News Barrett, the winner of the King of the Ring 2015.
WWE Network event (Semi-final and final matches) – April 28
No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Neville defeated Sheamus King of the Ring semifinal match 5:43
2 Bad News Barrett defeated R-Truth King of the Ring semifinal match 4:37
3 Bad News Barrett defeated Neville King of the Ring final match 7:10

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals
Raw
April 27
Semifinals
WWE Network
April 28
Final
WWE Network
April 28
         
Dolph Ziggler 8:18
Bad News Barrett Pin
Bad News Barrett Pin
R-Truth 4:37
R-Truth Pin
Stardust 3:47
Bad News Barrett Pin
Neville 7:10
Dean Ambrose 12:29
Sheamus DQ
Sheamus 5:43
Neville Pin
Neville Pin
Luke Harper 10:12

Aftermath[edit]

In July 2016, the brand extension was reinstated, with WWE's main roster again divided between the Raw and SmackDown brands. The next King of the Ring tournament was then held in 2019 and was an interbrand tournament, featuring wrestlers from both brands. Each brand had a separate bracket, and the winners of each bracket faced off in the tournament final. Qualifying matches for the 2019 tournament began in August and took place across episodes of Raw and SmackDown. The tournament final was originally scheduled to be held at that year's Clash of Champions PPV, but was rescheduled for the following night's Raw on September 16, 2019.[1][8][9]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "King of the Ring 1993". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (November 23, 2010). The WWE Championship: A Look Back at the Rich History of the WWE Championship. Gallery Books. p. 124. ISBN 9781439193211. At the time, SummerSlam was one of WWE's "big five" Pay-Per-Views (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, King of the Ring, and Survivor Series were the others), ...
  4. ^ "King of the Ring 2002 results". Online World of Wrestling. June 23, 2002. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  5. ^ Sacco, Justine; Weitz, Michael (April 7, 2011). "The New WWE" (Press release). Connecticut: WWE. Retrieved November 25, 2021.{{cite press release}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Raw: The King of the Ring tournament Returns to Raw – This Monday". WWE. April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "PWTorch.com – CALDWELL'S WWE KOTR SPECIAL REPORT 4/28: Complete "virtual-time coverage" of King of the Ring finals on WWE Network". pwtorch.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Casey, Connor (September 11, 2019). "King of the Ring Tournament Finals Scrapped From Clash of Champions, Pushed to WWE Raw". ComicBook. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  9. ^ Crosby, Jack; Silverstein, Adam (September 16, 2019). "2019 WWE King of the Ring tournament winner, bracket, matches, results, schedule". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 9, 2021.