List of all 5 WWE stars replaced in the King and Queen of the Ring Tournament (May 16, 2024)

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This year King and Queen of the Ring PLE will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

We are just a week away from the King and Queen of the Ring PLE. The premium live event is set to take place on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

WWE has already announced that the finals of both the King and Queen of the Ring Tournaments will take place at the PLE. In addition, a colossal Champion vs. Champion match and numerous other thrilling bouts have been confirmed for this extravaganza in Saudi Arabia.

However, both the King and Queen of the Ring Tournaments have encountered several changes and last-minute replacements, due to stars not being medically cleared for their matches.

In this article, we will explore the replacements for the five superstars who were initially slated to compete in the King and Queen of the Ring Tournaments but had to be replaced.


#3. Drew McIntyre and Xavier Woods got replaced on RAW's side of the bracket

Drew McIntyre and Xavier Woods are currently sidelined from the squared circle due to injury. Unfortunately, this scenario prevented both stars from participating in this year's King of the Ring Tournament. Both McIntyre and Woods had initially announced their participation in the tournament. However, due to their injuries, they were replaced in the tournament.

McIntyre was replaced by his rival Jey Uso, who has now advanced to the semi-finals and is set to clash with Gunther next week on RAW. The victor of their match will compete in the finals at King and Queen of the Ring PLE.

Kofi Kingston on the other hand, replaced his New Day teammate Woods in the tournament. Kingston, however, was unable to progress further, as The Ring General defeated him in the quarter-finals on the latest edition of RAW.


#2. Bobby Lashley got replaced on SmacKDown's half of the bracket

The unfortunate string of replacements wasn't confined to RAW but also impacted SmackDown. Bobby Lashley was the superstar replaced in the King of the Ring Tournament on the blue brand. The All Mighty was initially set to lock horns with Tama Tonga in the first round of the tournament.

SmackDown General Manager, Nick Aldis, announced that Angelo Dawkins would replace Lashley. However, the Street Profits member failed to qualify for the next round as he was viciously assaulted by The Bloodline, resulting in Tama Tonga's victory. Now, Tonga will face LA Knight in the semi-finals of this tournament.


#1. Asuka and Zelina Vega were also replaced in the Queen of the Ring Tournament due to injuries

Unfortunately, the list of replacements also impacted the women's division and thus the Queen of the Ring Tournament.

Zelina Vega, who was crowned Queen of the Ring last time, was pulled from the tournament due to medical reasons. Queen Zelina was replaced by Maxxine Dupri on the red brand.

This led to a first-round clash between Shayna Baszler and Dupri, which ended with the victory of the Queen of Spades. However, Baszler later lost against IYO Sky in the quarter-finals.

On the other hand, Asuka was originally scheduled to compete against Lyra Valkyria. However, due to injury, her Damage CTRL stable-mate Dakota Kai replaced her and was defeated in the first round.

Despite the several replacements, the King and Queen of the Ring Tournaments have thrown up some very noteworthy performances by the stars in the qualifying matches. It will be interesting to see which superstars reach the finals of their respective tournaments, to ultimately be crowned the King and Queen of the Ring on May 25 in Jeddah.

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