WWE consistently held the King of the Ring tournaments from 1985 to 2002. Since then, the tournament has become sporadic, taking place at yearly intervals.
In 2019, fans got to watch the last King of the Ring tournament where Baron Corbin defeated Chad Gable to win the crown. He continued his King Corbin gimmick for a long time before recently losing the title to Shinsuke Nakamura.
In September 2021, WWE announced the return of the tournament. The finals of the contest will likely be held at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. The name of the pay-per-view works in favor of the tournament as well.
Several top superstars could become the King of WWE this time. WWE might put the crown on a rising star, or a former champion could enter the race to win the tournament.
With that being said, take a look at the five WWE Superstars who could win the King of the Ring tournament.
#5. WWE Superstar Cesaro would be the perfect choice to become King of the Ring
Cesaro was one of the favorites to win the WWE King of the Ring tournament in 2019. However, he was choked out by Samoa Joe in the first round of the match.
The Swiss Superhero is yet to win his first world championship in WWE. He recently got his first singles shot at a world title against Roman Reigns. WWE could look to crown Cesaro before giving him the final push to the top.
In 2019, Cesaro spoke about his ambition to become the King of the Ring:
“I’ve already been ‘The King of Wrestling’ and ‘The King of Swing. Now I plan to become the King of the Ring... I loved watching Bret Hart. The King of the Ring should represent wrestling all over the world, and like Bret, truly be the king in that ring. That’s me,” Cesaro said.
The Swiss Superman is known as one of the strongest and finest in-ring workers in the industry. The King of the Ring title could be perfect for a fan favorite like Cesaro.
#4. Seth Rollins could surprise the WWE Universe with a King of the Ring victory
Heels have historically done better in King of the Ring. Past winners like William Regal, Sheamus, Bad News Barrett, and Baron Corbin increased fans' interest in the tournament. Seth Rollins is someone who can add even more value to the title.
Rollins is playing one of the most compelling characters in WWE currently. From nearly taking out Rey Mysterio's eyeball to almost ending Edge's career, Rollins has done many evil things in recent years.
'The Drip King' is great in the ring and on the mic and can add another dimension to his 'King of Drip' gimmick by taking the crown home. He is part of a rivalry with Edge, and winning the tournament would allow him to become King just like The Rated-R Superstar did in 2001.
The Architect has not been part of a championship picture for some time now. WWE could choose him as the next King of the Ring to add another accolade to his name.
#3. Finn Balor would be a great choice to become WWE King of the Ring
Potential King of the Ring winner Finn Balor is arguably one of the finest superstars in WWE today. He had a couple of suitable matches against Roman Reigns recently but failed to win the Universal Championship.
Balor is already a two-time NXT Champion and will be looking to get more titles under his name in WWE. The pursuit could take him to the King of the Ring tournament from the RAW brand.
The Prince could look forward to winning the contest. Balor already has an alter-ego known as The Demon King. Winning the tournament could help him evolve his character and bring out new and improved Demon King of the Ring.
Finn Balor is one of the most sought-after men in the wrestling industry, and WWE cannot afford to lose him. Therefore, crowning him as The King of the Ring could help WWE keep him busy and give him a different character with a title.
#2. Mansoor is a fan-favorite to become King of the Ring at Crown Jewel
Mansoor could become a top performer in the WWE King of the Ring tournament. He landed on the WWE main roster after an undefeated streak on 205 Live.
He has significantly improved as a performer over the past couple of years. He could turn out to be one of the participants of the King of the Ring tournament.
At Crown Jewel 2019, Mansoor surprised the WWE Universe by pinning Cesaro to win in front of his home crowd. The promotion could look to give Mansoor another big victory this year as the superstar returns to Saudi Arabia to perform in front of his friends and family.
“I’m excited to go back to Saudi Arabia and perform in front of my friends and family, so I can’t wait,” Mansoor said.
The company will probably host the King of the Ring tournament finals at Crown Jewel. Mansoor could be awarded victory in front of his home crowd to send the fans home happy. The win will give the superstar a massive push and possibly evolve his storyline with Mustafa Ali.
#1. Xavier Woods was born to become WWE King of the Ring
Xavier Woods has dreamt of winning the King of the Ring tournament for a long time. He has spoken about the tournament being the reason he became a WWE Superstar.
The King of the Ring tournament could allow him to fulfill his dreams. Woods posted a video on his Twitter shortly after the contest was announced, revealing why he wants to be The King.
“You probably think that you understand what the King of the Ring means to me. There’s no way for me to make you feel what I actually feel knowing that this tournament is coming back. This is the reason that I got into wrestling in the first place. This is the reason why at 17 years old, I took a job at a day-care to pay for wrestling school, to pay for gas to drive up and down the east coast wrestling four, five nights a week while still going to school. I was made for this tournament. The only reason that I would ever learn a skill or a craft is so that I could eventually be tested on it. So my purpose is this test. This test is King of the Ring. Me becoming king is inevitable. I speak my truth into existence every single time. And so when I wear that crown upon my head, the streets will be full of children throwing candy, singing my praises and they will all say, ‘Hail King Woods,” Xavier Woods said.
Xavier Woods has a high chance of winning the King of the Ring tournament this year if given the opportunity. His story is inspiring and might help other aspiring superstars to chase their dreams.