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WNZ Open Season: Tournaments & Wrestling

I will get this out of the way. I am a big fan of tournaments. Not just in wrestling, but in general, tournaments in sports can be quite thrilling. Whether it’s that big basketball event in March, or any major sport having it’s playoffs, they are all exciting tournaments. WWE is no exception, so you can imagine I was pretty happy with the announcement of a tag team tournament to determine who gets to challenge New Day for their titles.

If I felt like griping, I could say that WWE doesn’t do the tournament format often enough. It went over huge in NXT for the Dusty Invitational, did it not? And, when WWE last used a tournament-to fill the vacancy created by Seth Rollins’ shredded knee-it was well received (outside of who won it). So what am I thinking?

First, I love the tag tournament. Regardless of who wins, regardless of whether they supplant New Day. The fact that WWE can even have a tag team tournament of meaningful duration and strong competition is a huge accomplishment, considering the sad state of tag team wrestling just a couple years ago (more on that later, I promise). Second? Give us more tournaments!

Take a look at what is coming up. WWE has lined up an International Cruiserweight Tournament for later this year. That’s exciting for three reasons. One, its another tournament. Two, it could easily be laying the foundation for the revival of the defunct Cruiserweight Championship-which would be a great thing considering so many of the best stars going are a fit for that class. And third, it has the potential to lure even more exciting talents to WWE. It’s a win-win-win.

But they can do more. Such as…

Bring back King of the Ring! Yes, I know. If you’ve read my pieces for a while now (and, thank you if you have!) this is a position I’ve talked about before. Others have too, so I know I am not alone here. Yes, I know full well that they had a KOTR last year, but it was a bit of a joke. An afterthought. It was KOTR in name only. I’m talking about a full blown Spring event. Use the King of the Ring as a tournament to determine the number one contender for the title, either for the next available PPV, or for SummerSlam. Either one works. But a tournament, instead of some random match on RAW? I think it would go a long way to being a hit. Just like everyone loves watching the Rumble, in part, to see who is going to headline WrestleMania, so too would they tune in to KOTR to see who would headline SummerSlam. And, if you want to boost RAW with it, you can have qualifying matches on RAW, and maybe a play-in round. Trust me, it would work.

They don’t use tournaments nearly enough. Adding one to the regular rotation of shows could be a great thing, and I think it would even add an air of legitimacy to the equation, as opposed to the big face of the company just coming out and challenging the champion.

WNZ readers, what do you say? Do you want to see more tournaments?


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  • biz

    Great article

  • Si Nicholls

    Tournaments are great when people can’t guess the final 4 before it starts, so having one for a “lesser” belt would work, maybe the US title

    • Joseph Lisnow

      Who would be the final 4 if it was for the US title?

      • Si Nicholls

        Who knows, and that’s the beauty of it, it could be Del Rio or it could be Ryback, or Apollo Crews or Rusev, Austin Aries or Joe, that’s the point it can’t be called

  • bigfoot3169

    Irt the KOTR, I would love for them to go with one of the original formats and actually be a PPV. Let there be qualifying matches on Raw and Smackdown, but make the right to being crowned King actually fight at least twice in one night instead of the broken up dates.
    And I like the idea of using the KOTR as a springboard to #1 contender to the US or IC title.

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