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King Of The Ring 2004

 

Participant Profiles:

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RAW:

Randy Orton

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Randy Orton from the start was always going to be a star as he was marked as the future of the company. By this point Randy Orton had been established as a big player in WWE as a part of Evolution, the Legend Killer gimmick, and his 210 day Intercontinental Championship reign that ended earlier in July. Randy Orton could elevate himself even further by winning the prestigious King Of The Ring in the footsteps of his mentor Triple H. 

 

Chris Jericho

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Chris Jericho was having a face run during this time and had started feuding with Christian early in the year, though Christian was injured at this time. Jericho was at a bit of a low point during the summer so this tournament could be his chance to propel himself back to the top of the company.


 

Ric Flair

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Ric Flair, bonafide legend, 16 time world champion, Ric Flair has absolutely nothing to prove to anyone. Amazingly still competing regularly at the age of 55, could Flair overcome the stars of today and add a brand new accolade to his massive list. 

 

Eugene

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The infamous character known as Eugene would debut in the WWE in April this year as Eric Bischoff’s mentally disabled nephew who was bizarrely good at wrestling. William Regal would be entrusted to take care of him and actually formed a real friendship. On the other hand Triple H would befriend Eugene to manipulate him into helping win matches but the two would begin feuding after Eugene mistakenly cost Triple H a world title match at Vengeance. Now Eugene has the chance of a lifetime to etch his name in history as the King Of The Ring, but it seems like all the odds are against this rookie. 

 

Batista

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Another member of Evolution, Batista was marked as the future alongside Randy Orton. Batista is the enforcer of Evolution, as he has a monstrous physique and is one of the best powerhouses today. Batista has been a tag team champion with Ric Flair but has yet to accomplish anything major alone. This could be Batista’s chance to prove himself. 

 

Maven

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Up to this point, Maven was merely a jobber. Any potential he seemed to have had when he first made it to WWE was never fulfilled but now here in King Of The Ring he can turn it all around. King Of The Ring is an instant ticket to the top so he could go from nothing to megastar by winning this. 

 

Edge

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Edge during the summer of 2004 managed to end Randy Orton’s Intercontinental Championship Reign at Vengeance and become a five time Intercontinental Champion. Edge was already a well established star but Edge wants to go even further beyond. Edge has already won the King of The Ring before but looks to join Bret Hart as two time winners. 

 

William Regal

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William Regal would return from injury after a year the same night that Eugene debut, where he would then be forced to look after Eugene. The two would develop a friendship which led to him being involved in Eugene’s feud against Triple H and Evolution as he tried to help his friend. Now he’s tasked with the King Of The Ring tournament and has to worry about himself.

 

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Smackdown:

Rey Mysterio

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Rey would become the Cruiserweight Champion mid June for a third time in WWE before dropping it at the end of July to a newly heel Spike Dudley. Rey was one of if not the best Cruiserweight in WWE at the time and with men like Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit becoming World Champions this year, perhaps we can continue to see a change in WWE with the biggest little man becoming King Of The Ring.

 

Rene Dupree

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Rene Dupree debuted a year before as part of the tag team La Resistance, a pair of egotistical Frenchmen. La Resistance were World Tag Team Champions in their debut year, making Rene Dupree the youngest champion of any kind in WWE at 19 (until Nicholas broke that record). In 2004, Rene Dupree feuded with John Cena over the United States Championship but would fail to capture it. At only 20 years old, Rene Dupree could have a promising career ahead of him and he may just become the youngest King Of The Ring winner.

 

Charlie Haas

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Charlie Haas and Rico had formed an odd couple tag team earlier in the year when Haas was drafted to Smackdown. The two had a run as Tag Team Champions but would drop them at the beginning of the summer. Haas had a brief feud with corrupt GM Kurt Angle and Luther Reigns but didn’t have any significant stories going till after the summer. Perhaps now is Haas’ time to finally break out as a singles competitor.

 

Mark Jindrak

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Mark Jindrak was drafted to Smackdown and had Teddy Long as his manager but the pairing would split amicably in the beginning of July when Long became GM. Jindrak spent most of his time beating jobbers on Velocity without much time on Smackdown itself. Jindrak is a promising talent that the company clearly liked and we could see him take the next step in the King Of The Ring. 

 

Rob Van Dam

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Another man who was drafted from Raw to Smackdown that year was Rob Van Dam. During this time Rob Van Dam was unsuccessfully chasing after the United States Championship. Rob was the finalist that faced Brock in 2002, could he win it all this time?

 

Luther Reigns

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Luther Reigns made his official debut this year as Kurt Angle’s assistant and the two would remain allies into the next year. Luther would get involved in Angle’s feud against Haas and had his in ring debut with a victory against Haas at The Great American Bash. With the backing of Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns may just become King Of The Ring.

 

Booker T

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The 5x, 5x, 5x WCW World Champion would spend his summer gunning after the United States Championship as well and unlike the other two, he would actually succeed at the end of July when he won the vacant title in an 8 man elimination match (thanks to Kurt’s corrupt GMing). That of course led to the famous best of 5 series against Cena for the US Title set up by new GM Teddy Long. Booker T called himself the biggest star on Smackdown when he was first traded over, could he actually be the biggest star in the whole comapny?

 

John Cena 

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John Cena was back to being a face and was the current United States Champion after defeating Big Show at Wrestlemania. John Cena would spend his summer successfully defending his title in feuds against Rene Dupree, Rob Van Dam, and Booker T. Of course he and Booker T would continue their feud in a best of 5 series for the title later on. John Cena is on the course for stardom now and King Of The Ring could be his to win.

 


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First Round:

 

Randy Orton def. Rey Mysterio

This would probably be a typical underdog type match for Rey, give him some cool spots and nearfalls, but ultimately Orton would knock off the Cruiserweight Champion.

 

Chris Jericho def. Rene Dupree

Chris Jericho is obviously a big star and while Rene is a promising young talent at this point, I don't see any need to hotshot him past Jericho. Plus Jericho is much more experienced and can get a good match out of his next opponent who is also a rookie (albeit not as new).

 

Ric Flair def. Charlie Haas

The dirtiest player in the game, the greatest of all time, the Nature Boy Ric Flair; there's no way he loses to Haas. Haas unfortunately never really had a great singles career and would be in a different tag team later on in his time in WWE before he was let go. He really was the weak link of Team Angle.

 

Eugene def. Mark Jindrak

Eugene was a surprisingly over character during his time and I think Eugene upsetting Jindrak would be fun. Jindrak was just squashing jobbers on Velocity while Eugene was in a high profile angle/feud on Raw, so of course he's gonna get that screen time now. 

 

Batista def. Rob Van Dam

Batista and RVD would be a good match between a the unique highflying style of Rob and the great powerhouse moveset of Batista. Batista would come away with a big win over Rob as all three Evolution members win their matches. 

 

Luther Reigns def. Maven

 

Maven unfortunately became a jobber and Luther was actually in a nice spot with Angle and him working together, even if Luther was mostly just a lackey. Luther would absolutely flatten Maven here. 

 

Edge def. Booker T

The IC Champion would beat out the challenger for the US title. It'd be a good match and you don't usually want to job out the champ in non title match ups. 

 

John Cena def. William Regal

John Cena was finally really turning into what he would become today and was the unstoppable US Champion whereas Regal was merely a side component in a Eugene feud. 
 

 

Quarter Finals:

Randy Orton def. Chris Jericho

I think these two would put on a good match but Chris Jericho was at a low while Randy Orton was a huge part of WWE these days in Evolution, so you gotta give the upcoming star the win.

 

Eugene def. Ric Flair

This may sound crazy. Eugene beating perhaps the greatest of all time? Yes, that's exactly what I would book. Eugene was getting crazy over with his feud against Triple H and Evolution so you gotta have him knock off someone from Evolution and Ric Flair is the perfect member since he can actually afford the loss. It would be a big shock as you see Eugene having this deep run in King Of The Ring and gives the fans an underdog to root for.

 

Batista def. Luther Reigns

This would be a big hoss battle but Batista was obviously on a much different level than Luther so Batista goes through.

 

John Cena def. Edge

The US Champion vs the IC Champion (at least if this takes place before he's stripped). Both were having a pretty good time this year but John takes the edge (lol) for being treated as a really dominant man at this point compared to Edge. Besides, I really don't think Edge would need to be a two time KOTR winner at all and we know Money In The Bank would truly make Edge a main event star.


 

Semi Finals:

Randy Orton def. Eugene

Eugene's miracle run would end here with Randy Orton. I would want maybe a prematch attack on Eugene by Evolution so Eugene walks in unprepared and builds that feud more. Then after Randy wins, maybe an extra RKO or 2 to really drive the message home on the beloved Eugene.

 

John Cena def. Batista

Around this time Batista still hadn't done anything major on his own but getting to the semifinals of KOTR would help showcase his abilities one on one as he would be treated like a machine. John would get quite a bit out of putting the monster known as Batista away but they'd have a very close match. Plus it'd be really dumb to put both Evolution members against each other I think.

 

 

Finals:

Randy Orton def. John Cena

Your 2004 King Of The Ring, Randy Orton! Randy finally broke out as a singles competitor this year so it just makes sense that he would win KOTR at some point leading into his title match with Chris Benoit. I was actually thinking that WWE could use the same stipulation they did to push Brock where the winner gets a title match rather than Randy winning a battle royal. Plus this shows Randy doing something his mentor did as well, sort of following in his steps until HHH gets scared of being passed up. Also, this would be the first time that Randy Orton and John Cena would face off on a WWE stage which would start their historic rivalry as two mirrors of each other in the company. Cena wouldn't go on to be a main eventer just yet so I don't think it makes sense he would win KOTR here while still midcarding. I'd probably let Randy win this clean just to foreshadow Randy as ready to break off.

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Amazing job with this Odd, as a randy orton mark, I love the booking here. I really do think Orton is one of the best WWE made stars along with Cena and I think establishing this later feud now would be smart. Eugune getting to the semi-finals is hilarious and I could of seen WWE actually doing it, some KOTR I hope to see you book in the future is a NXT KOTR from around 2016-2018, this is a truly under rated topic, keep it up Odd!

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King Of The Ring 2005

 

Participant Profiles:

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RAW:

Big Show

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Big Show came to Raw in the 2005 Draft. Big Show’s arrival to Raw saw him beating many men below his status and would feud with Gene Snitsky at the end of the summer. Big Show has been a major main event star, having even main evented the biggest show of them all Wrestlemania, in addition to being a four time world champion. Big Show is looking to get back to that level again by using the King Of The Ring as a launchpad back to the top.

 

Carlito

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Carlito also came to Raw in the draft and won the Intercontinental Championship from Shelton Benjamin in his debut match on the brand. He’d remain the champion for the entirety of the summer as Shelton Benjamin unsuccessfully tried to win it back. Carlito hasn’t even been WWE TV for a full year yet has already been the United States and Intercontinental Champion. It seems that the company has placed a lot of stock in Carlito and he could become the coolest King Of The Ring ever.

 

Shelton Benjamin

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After losing his 244 day Intercontinental Championship reign came to an end at the hands of Carlito, Benjamin would fail to regain it in a series of matches during the summer. Shelton has done well for himself outside of Team Angle and he could be well on his way to the main event.

 

Chris Masters

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2005 was “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters’ WWE debut. Masters was only 22 but it was clear he had huge potential. Masters would go undefeated for a long time in both matches and in his Masterlock Challenges, where he would usually put up money to see if anyone could break out of his signature submission, but no one could. Masters would still be undefeated by this point and we could see him utilize that Masterlock to become the King Of The Ring. 

 

Gene Snitsky

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Gene Snitsky returned from injury at the end of May and was used as a part of several rivalries such as Edge vs Kane and Jericho vs Cena. Despite the screen time and such, Gene was not winning his matches much and was set firmly at the bottom. Having mixed it up with some of the top WWE guys, could Gene become one of them himself?

 

Eugene

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Everyone’s favorite special needs wrestler Eugene would make his return from injury at the end of July by winning Kurt Angle’s Gold Medal, which set off a major rivalry between the two for Summerslam. Can Eugene make a big splash on his return?

 

Kerwin White

 

After being traded to Raw, Chavo Guerrero Jr would decide he no longer wanted to be Latino and changed his name to Kerwin White. Chavo was now a white man, and despite never having been a main eventer before, perhaps his newfound white privilege can earn him the title of King Of The Ring.

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Rene Dupree

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This great young talent was traded to Raw at the beginning of July and would spend most of his time racking up wins on Sunday Night Heat. By now a former two time tag team champion, his move to Raw could be what sets him on a course for singles success as he is poised to breakout at any time. 

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Smackdown:

Muhammad Hassan

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Muhammad Hassan made his debut at the end of 2004 and quickly became one of the hottest heels in the entire company. Hassan and his partner Daivari would end up on Smackdown in late June and immediately entered a feud with The Undertaker. Only half a year in, the controversial Hassan could become King Of The RIng

 

Christian

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Christian became massively over in 2005 and had perhaps the most heat of anyone in the company at the time. Christian was deep into his Captain Charisma shtick and clearly had the power of the peeps behind him. Christian moved to Smackdown in the draft and entered a feud with Booker T but it seems WWE wasn’t willing to keep his momentum up. WWE could do well to capitalize on the clear love for Christian and finally give him a main event push.

 

Chris Benoit

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Chris Benoit would come over to Smackdown in the draft and first would be part of the ECW vs WWE storyline that led into ECW One Night Stand before branching into a feud with JBL’s partner Orlando Jordan over the United States Championship. Benoit once won the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania, could the King Of The Ring be as big as his Royal Rumble win for him?

 

Hardcore Holly

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Harcore Holly by this point was a longtime veteran who managed to somehow have a longer career in WWE than many would have expected. Hardcore Holly never had any sort of big time major success but he still stuck around for ages which is respectable in itself. Perhaps after all this time, Holly could finally get a proper main event run.

 

Rey Mysterio

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Rey Mysterio was a key player in WWE as one of the Smackdown Six and was in an infamous feud with Eddie Guerrero during this time. No longer relegated to merely being a Cruiserweight Champion, Rey is here to take on any challenge and hopefully fight his way to the title of King Of The Ring. 

 

Eddie Guerrero

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Eddie Guerrero had turned heel against his friend Rey Mysterio and launched into a dark persona during this time. Eddie would stop at nothing to win the King Of The Ring or at the very least, stop Rey Mysterio.

 

Orlando Jordan

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As member of the JBL Cabinet, Orlando Jordan has enjoyed success as the United States Champion. Under the tutelage of JBL, Orlando could become one of the next big stars in the WWE.  King Of The Ring can be his chance to break out.

 

Booker T

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Booker T is undoubtedly one of the greats but unfortunately for him he has been stuck in Smackdown’s midcard for a long time. Another longtime veteran of the business, he has the most experience of any of these competitors of what it means to be the top besides perhaps Big Show. While that means he has been a major main event player in the past, could it be that his time is up and he can no longer keep up with this new generation. King Of The Ring may be Booker T’s proving ground.

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First Round:

Muhammad Hassan def. Eugene

These two had their segment at WrestleMania earlier this year but now there would be no Hulk Hogan to save Eugene. Eugene would get demolished coming back from injury because what better way to get heat than to beat up someone with special needs?

 

Chris Benoit def. Kerwin White

Kerwin White was a joke of a character and would be treated as such here as Chris Benoit makes him tap relatively easily. What a weird time this was for Chavo. 

 

Shelton Benjamin def. Hardcore Holly

Shelton at this point could have been pushed into the main event at any time if WWE really wanted to. It's weird to think that Hardcore Holly was still working for WWE at this time and would continue to do so for a few years after this as well.

 

Carlito def. Orlando Jordan

United States Champion vs Intercontinental Champion. It's clear to me that Carlito had much more stock in him than Orlando Jordan did, so the guy who was obviously considered more of a star is going to move forward.

 

Christian def. Big Show

Christian had huge momentum at the time and it wouldn't be stifled by Big Show of all people.

 

Rey Mysterio def. Rene Dupree

Unfortunately for the young Rene Dupree, this would not be his time. Rey could get something decent out of him though so I think it's a good choice as far as first round matchups go.

 

Eddie Guerrero def. Gene Snitsky

Gene the jobber would once again job, this time to Eddie. It would be the same case as the previous match where I think it could be made decent enough for a first round match by Eddie.

 

Chris Masters def. Booker T

Chris Masters at this point had not been pinned or submitted and so the young rookie goes over the established name thanks to the unbreakable Master Lock.

 

 

Quarter Finals:

Muhammad Hassan def. Chris Benoit

Another beloved face for Muhammad Hassan to go through with Daivari playing a factor in costing Benoit the match.

Shelton Benjamin def. Carlito

Shelton would pick up a nontitle win over his current rival to help earn himself another shot and further the feud.

Christian def. Rey Mysterio

I wouldn't be doing Rey vs Eddie in the tournament itself, it would be a bit much. 

Chris Masters def. Eddie Guerrero

Chris overcomes another star and continues his streak. 

 

 

Semi Finals:

Muhammad Hassan def. Shelton Benjamin

Muhammad Hassan would beat yet another face as he moves on to the finals. Shelton would end up having a losing streak anyways and by racking up wins against all these fan favorites, Hassan is kept extremely hateable.

Christian def. Chris Masters

I wouldn't have Chris Masters be pinned or submitted here either, since in real life WWE valued him enough that it never happened until his PPV match against Shawn Michaels. Probably a disqualification of sorts so that he didn't really lose. Putting someone who hasn't been pinned or submitted in a tournament is kinda putting yourself in a corner but I definitely think he would have participated, though it would be too early for him to win, yet they wouldn't have him outright lose.

 

 

Finals:

Muhammad Hassan def. Christian

As much as I think WWE should have capitalized on Christian's momentum and made him a main eventer at this time, we all know they didn't do that, which would contribute to him leaving the company and becoming a main eventer in TNA. I think Muhammad Hassan was a major rising star and WWE would slap King Of The Ring on him for added heat. Christian would play a face role in this as he was still loved by the fans despite alignment and Hassan's gimmick was getting him tons of hate in a post 9/11 world. Unfortunate timing would kill his career with real life terrorist attacks making Hassan extremely controversial. They could have used this character in a much different way and even could have had him be a face that could change perceptions of Arabs as his character constantly talked about, but it was wasted. It's sad to think of what could have been.

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King Of The Ring 2007

 

Participant Profiles:

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RAW:

Brian Kendrick

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Brian Kendrick and his tag team partner Paul London were drafted to Raw in the 2007 draft together. Former WWE Tag Team champions, the two would continue to work as potential tag title contenders and even won the World Tag Team Championships later on in the year during their feud with Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. The young duo are both very talented stars that have the abilities to be singles stars if they want. 

 

Carlito

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Carlito is a talented young star who has had a good amount of success in the three years he has been in WWE. A former United States and Intercontinental Champion, Carlito still has yet to win a world championship despite previous attempts. Earlier in the year Carlito had a feud with Ric Flair over Carlito's perceived lack of motivation that led to the pair teaming up before Carlito turned on Flair, but ultimately lost their blowoff match in May. During the course of the summer he would also feud with The Sandman which he came out on top of. Was Ric Flair right about Carlito or will he pull out all the stops to fulfill his potential and become King of the RIng?

 

Charlie Haas

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Charlie Haas has never done well as a singles competitor. Luckily for him the World's Greatest Tag Team reformed at the end of 2006 and now the two of them regularly team. Charlie may be a decent tag piece but you can't help but feel he just isn't on the same level as his partner. Maybe he can prove everyone wrong in King of the Ring and prove that his being resigned was well deserved.

 

Cody Rhodes

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Cody Rhodes would make his WWE debut at the beginning of July against Randy Orton in a short feud. This introduction was the start of Rhodes becoming a fulltime Raw superstar. At a mere 22 years old, Cody has a lot of potential and some big shoes to fill as the son of Dusty Rhodes. 

 

Daivari

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Once the manager to Muhammad Hassan, Daivari has managed to outlast him in the company and after being drafted to Raw, no longer has The Great Khali on his side. Daivari is another one of WWE's young stars at 23 and now being forced to be on his own, we could see him develop into something more.

 

Jeff Hardy

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Jeff Hardy is a longtime fan favorite both as part of one of the best ever tag teams with his brother and as a singles competitor.With his brother trying for singles success on Smackdown, Jeff could perhaps finally break out into the main event scene as the fans have been clamoring for.

 

King Booker

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The 2006 King of the Ring winner found immense success after winning the prestigious tournament and has now been drafted over to Raw, declaring himself the only king of WWE, in the process mocking Triple H and Jerry Lawler. He has returned to the tournament this year to defend his throne and to remain King Booker.

 

Lance Cade

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Lance Cade is one half of the World Tag Team Champions with Trevor Murdoch. He's a cowboy and besides that there really isn't much to him. One of the many 20 something year olds that WWE was hoarding during this era, don't expect much from him as he is a tag team specialist.

 

Mr. Kennedy

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Mr. Kennedy was the third ever Money In The Bank winner and seemed set for superstardom this year. Unfortunately Edge took his Money In The Bank contract and injured him. Luckily for Mr. Kennedy the injury wasn't severe as originally believed and he went to Raw during the draft. Without a briefcase, the King of the Ring may be Mr. Kennedy's ticket back to the top.

 

Paul London

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Since the beginning of his career Paul London has been tapped to be a future star in the business. Many people say he has the special it factor required and look forward to seeing that potential fulfilled. Could London leave his tag team partner behind in the dust during the course of the King of the Ring?

 

Santino Marella

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Santino Marella was merely a fan from Italy until he was picked out of the crowd by Vince McMahon to face Umaga for the Intercontinental Championship in a No Holds Barred match. Santino scored the upset with an assist from Bobby Lashley, becoming the champ in his first WWE match. Umaga would eventually win the title back from Santino but Santino remained on the Raw roster and became a popular part of the show quickly. Santino could upset the entire bracket by becoming the King of the Ring.

 

The Sandman

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The Sandman moved over to Raw in the draft where he feuded with Carlito first but ultimately lost. Now the hardcore legend has set his eyes on the King of the Ring and nobody is safe.

 

Shelton Benjamin

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Shelton Benjamin was always the much more talented half of the World's Greatest Tag Team, with three Intercontinental Championship reigns under his belt. Fans have waited for a long time to see Benjamin become a main event player and becoming the King could be all he needs to fulfill that dream.

 

Trevor Murdoch

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The uglier half of the World Tag Team Champions, Trevor Murdoch is a big, angry, redneck in contrast to the cool cowboy his partner is. We have yet to see if these two can be any more than a tag team so these are proving grounds for them.

 

Umaga

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Umaga is one of the biggest and baddest men to ever step foot in the WWE. Umaga debuted on the Raw after Wrestlemania 22 and would start a streak that saw him run through names such as Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, John Cena, Kane, and just about everyone else on the Raw roster until Cena finally pinned him at New Years Revolution 2007. Umaga was also famously Vince McMahon's representative in the Battle of the Billionaires at Wrestlemania 23. Now in his second reign as Intercontinental Champion, Umaga could potentially steamroll his way through the entire bracket to become King of the Ring.

 

William Regal

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William Regal found himself drafted to Raw and would become interim General Manager at the start of July. Regal is one of the best of the best technical wrestlers with more knowledge on the sport than perhaps anyone else in the tournament, which may lead to his victory and coronation.

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Smackdown:

Chavo Guerrero

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Chavo Guerrero Jr. has seemed to have been stuck in the shadow of his father and uncle for a long time but the King of the Ring would allow to cement his own legacy and be his own man. Chavo won the Cruiserweight Championship at No Way Out and continues to hold it now. 

 

Chris Masters

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Chris Masters was drafted to Smackdown and unfortunately for Masters he has been on a decline this year with his Masterlock being broken, failing to gain the Intercontinental Championship from Santino, and not being around much on Smackdown. Masters was once a very promising talent and the King of the Ring could see the resurgence of Chris Masters.

 

Chuck Palumbo

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Chuck Palumbo returned to Smackdown in early July, bringing his motorbike with him as he was now a badass biker. Palumbo is generally the guy that is just barely above the bottom but now he has the opportunity to be become King. Imagine Palumbo riding to the ring with a crown...

 

Eugene

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Captain Chromosome is here on Smackdown after moving over in the draft. Eugene remains a fan favorite and honestly, how could you not love him? You never know what to expect from Eugene so you much just see this man as King of the Ring when all is said and done.

 

Finlay

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Finlay is a bruiser from Belfast and is a true tough man. At nearly 50 years old he's still delivering beatdowns in the ring and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Currently he has formed an alliance with the strange Hornswoggle, protecting the small man from any dangers. Now though Finlay has to worry about himself and how he'll manage to get through this multi match affair, but giving how long he's managed to last up until now, he may just manage to make it to the end.

 

Funaki

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Funaki has been in the company for 9 years and during that time he has been a Hardcore and Cruiserweight Champion once each. Funaki has managed to remain on the roster for a reason and that reason could be that he is the next King of the Ring.

 

Hardcore Holly

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Bob Holly earned the name Hardcore by becoming a six time Hardcore Champion. He's tough as nails and is looking to beat some respect into the roster as he enters the King of the Ring. After 13 years he may just finally explode into superstardom.

 

Jamie Noble

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Jamie Noble is a member of the Cruiserweight division on Smackdown and is in a bit of a slump, not having won a single match since the beginning of the year. Jamie Noble was once a Cruiserweight champion long ago but has not had that kind of success in a long time. Jamie Noble has a chance to turn things around and break his losing streak here.

 

Jimmy Wang Yang

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The asian cowboy Jimmy Wang Yang is a fantastic high flyer and staple of the Cruiserweight division but he has never had any sort of championship success. He'll be looking to earn his way to the promised lands in this tournament.

 

Kane

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The Devil's favorite demon Kane has been a force to be reckoned with in the WWE for the past decade and is surely one of the favorites because of this. Lately Kane has been involved in championship pursuits that have seen him cheated out of wins but now he has a chance to add a new accolade to his list and he won't be screwed over this time.

 

Kenny Dykstra

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Kenny Dykstra is the only member of the Spirit Squad left and he's lost his cheer. Kenny was drafted to Smackdown, splitting the team of himself and Johnny Nitro. Now on a new brand he has a chance to reinvent himself and possibly take his career to the next level.

 

Mark Henry

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Mark Henry returned from injury after nearly a year by attacking The Undertaker after a cage match with Batista, which famously led to Edge cashing in afterwards. Henry had a brief feud with Kane that he won before going on a streak of beating jobbers as he awaited the return of The Undertaker. If Mark Henry can take The Undertaker out he can take anyone out. He's a monster and he's gonna put the hurt on anyone in between him and the throne.

 

Matt Hardy

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Matt Hardy began feuding with the United States Champion MVP after winning a non title match against him in early July. Matt Hardy unfortunately has been viewed as the weaker half for a long time but now may be his time to surpass his brother. This could be a race to see who reaches the top first between the two.

 

MVP

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MVP feuded with Chris Benoit over the United States title through Wrestlemania 23 to Judgement Day, where he finally overcame Benoit to win the title taking two falls straight doing so. MVP claims to the best at anything and everything and becoming King would at the very least solidify that idea as fact when it comes to wrestling in that ring.

 

Ric Flair

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Ric Flair could quite possibly be the single greatest professional wrestler of all time. Record 16 time world champion, Royal Rumble winner, United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, there is no gold this man has failed to hold. Even at 58 years old he's still stylin and profilin. It would be an incredible thing to add King of the Ring to his insane list of accomplishments, especially proving that he's still the greatest wrestler alive at nearly 60. That would be a heavy task though as since Flair moved to the Smackdown brand in the draft his age has showed and it may soon be time for Flair to hang the boots up. 

 

Shannon Moore

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"The Reject" Shannon Moore came to Smackdown at the beginning of the year to be part of the Cruiserweight division. He's a strange guy and I think most would reject the idea of him becoming King of the Ring.

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ECW:

Balls Mahoney

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An ECW original, Balls Mahoney continues to compete on the WWE's ECW brand. Mahoney is a staple of the brand and brings a little bit of legitimacy to it. Mahoney will be looking to represent the ECW name well here in the King of the Ring.

 

Big Daddy V

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Big Daddy V, once known to the world as Mabel, was the youngest King of the Ring winner ever at 24 years old in 1995. He was also widely regarded as the worst King of the Ring seen ever unfortunately, but this could be his chance to redeem himself as King Viscera here. Big Daddy V came to ECW as Matt Striker's hired muscle but now is in this for himself.

 

CM Punk

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CM Punk debuted on ECW in mid 2006 and remained undefeated in singles matches until the beginning of 2007. Even still CM Punk rarely loses and is one of the ECW brand's top stars. It's only a matter of time before this man becomes the ECW Champion and King of the Ring could expediate that process.

 

Elijah Burke

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Elijah Burke is another one of the top stars of ECW. Burke was the leader of the New Breed that feuded with the ECW Originals before the New Breed ultimately fell apart. Burke continued to do well on his own and given his abilities could some day be a big star. King of the Ring has made plenty of stars before so this could be his time.

 

James Curtis

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James Curtis was a man who spent most of his time down in OVW as a tag team specialist, but would occasionally work as a jobber for ECW. This is one of those times.

 

Kevin Thorn

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Kevin Thorn is a vampire that was the muscle of the New Breed during their run. Thorn had a winning streak from May to July as he was gaining momentum on his own. Kevin Thorn could prove himself to have been worth more than just the enforcer role and win King of the Ring. A vampire king sounds pretty cool.

 

Marcus Von Cor

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You may recognize this man as Monty Brown, former NFL Linebacker and TNA star. Marcus debuted on ECW in January and not long after formed the New Breed. Marcus has the charisma, the intensity, and the mainstream appeal that can make him a true star in the business if given the chance. King of the Ring could very well be the turning point.

 

Matt Striker

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Matt Striker makes up the last of the New Breed stable. After the end of the stable Matt Striker would eventually hire Big Daddy V as his muscle and would act as a manager to him. Matt is an intelligent man and his scheming could earn himself the title of King of the Ring.

 

Mike Knox

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Mike Knox is a behemoth at 6'6" and nearly 300 pounds. Part of the ECW roster since the beginning of it's run, Knox has been sent down to Deep South Wrestling for a few months but will be representing his home brand here in the King of the Ring.

 

Nunzio

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Another one of the current ECW roster members that was part of the original ECW, Nunzio is the last of the Full Blooded Italians here and he is looking to reinvent himself alone. He hasn't had the best of luck this year but the name Nunzio may just be found in the history books as the 2007 King of the Ring.

 

Rene Dupree

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Rene Dupree was another man who once seemed to have a lot of potential but never got to fulfill it. Dupree was suspended and sent to rehab in March and would be sent from ECW down to FCW in June but now he has a second chance on ECW thanks to the King of the Ring. Rene Dupree is the youngest tag team champion ever and at only 24 years old he still has plenty of time to reach success.

 

Stevie Richards

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Stevie Richards is yet another ECW Original in the King of the Ring. Richards has not had a televised win since December of last year so he is a longshot but he hopes not to squander this massive opportunity.

 

Sylvain Grenier

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Sylvain Grenier and Rene Dupree had reunited as a tag team on ECW but Rene was almost immediately suspended due to violating the wellness policy, leaving Sylvain alone and directionless. Now with the King of the Ring he is looking to finally find some success on his own.

 

The Boogeyman

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The Boogeyman moved from Smackdown to the extreme brand during the draft and began feuding with Matt Striker and Big Daddy V upon arrival. The Boogeyman is the creepiest man in the WWE and he may just win due to the fact that his opponent's don't want to face him. Never seen without his trusty worms, you can expect them to find their way into his victim's mouthes as he is not easily beaten.

 

The Miz

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The Miz found himself drafted to ECW where he now looks to make a name for himself. Still a relative WWE rookie who has yet to earn his peers respect, ECW is the perfect brand for Miz to wash off that stench of reality tv and prove he belongs. 

 

Tommy Dreamer

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Tommy Dreamer is one of ECW's greatest and was part of the ECW Originals that feuded with the New Breed. Tommy Dreamer is a hardcore legend and he looks to show that the orignals can still go. Nobody cares more for the ECW brand as much him and he can certainly be expected to his best to make it look as good as he believes it is.

 

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This is the biggest King of the Ring tournament in history with 48 competitors total, 16 from each brand. Due to the abnormal number of participants in the tournament it was decided that one brand would get first round byes, with the other two brands being pitted against each other in the first round. All 48 men would compete in the biggest battle royal in WWE history to determine which brand would get the bye. Ultimately it would be CM Punk who secure the win for his brand, meaning ECW would have the first round byes, leaving Smackdown and Raw to do battle.

 

First Round:

Brian Kendrick def. Jamie Noble

Brian Kendrick and Jamie Noble would be the first match of the tournament and I think the two could put on a fun match together to kick things off. Kendrick would go over as honestly Jamie Noble was simply a jobber in the Cruiserweight division while Kendrick was finding success teaming and was still viewed as a potential star.

 

Cody Rhodes def. Chris Masters

By this point Chris Masters was no longer the man who went unpinned for 7 months and tapped guys like Ric Flair out. On Smackdown he did a few Masterlock challenges, but it wasn't the same since it had lost it's mystique after being broken. Masters actually went on to fail the wellness policy twice as well as suffering an injury between the failures, ultimately being released in November. Cody Rhodes is a hot new prospect that's just arrived and he's the son of a legend. Now is the time to try to make him look good and toss him this win over an established lower card guy.

 

Jeff Hardy def. Kenny Dykstra

An obvious choice as beloved star Jeff Hardy beats some jobber who somehow stayed on the roster.

 

MVP def. Shelton Benjamin

Shelton Benjamin was on a bit of a down period here and while he would have a bit of a resurgence as the Gold Standard on ECW later in the year, right now it has to be the United States Champion's time. MVP and Shelton could put on a really good match together though which makes the match worth it.

 

Ric Flair def. King Booker

Two of the best going at it would produce a good match but the highlight of it would be Jerry Lawler costing King Booker the match. Booker was feuding with Lawler and Triple H as well upon his return over the title of king, so protect Booker while building the feud. Now he can call the winner a false king since he didn't fairly defend his throne.

 

Finlay def. Trevor Murdoch

Finlay and Trevor could probably put on a decent brawl but really I'm not going to have one half of a mediocre tag team, be they tag team champions or not, move past the great Finlay. Finlay would look nice and tough though as he overcomes the big, younger guy.

 

Mark Henry def. Santino Marella

Mark Henry was getting treated as a legitimate threat during this time as he built up a winning streak before The Undertaker would return to continue feuding with him. Even though Santino was a former Intercontinental Champion he was still new to the company and had yet to fully develop his cult following. Henry would crush Marella in convincing fashion here.

 

Paul London def. Jimmy Wang Yang

The same case as the first match, Jimmy was mostly a Cruiserweight jobber unfortunately while London was a man touted by many to have a great future ahead of him in the business and was doing well for himself already with Kendrick.

 

Matt Hardy def. The Sandman

Matt Hardy was featured pretty heavily at the time during his feud and eventual partnership with MVP. Sandman was of course a hardcore legend but his winning would do nothing for him while it would hurt Matt's momentum.

 

Kane def. Charlie Haas

Charlie Haas was never very good on his own and was really only suited as being a good tag team hand. The legend Kane is not losing to him and is more than likely gonna squash him.

 

Carlito def. Chuck Palumbo

Carlito would defeat the weird biker jobber Palumbo quickly here.

 

Chavo Guerrero def. Lance Cade

The current Cruiserweight Champion Chavo is simply much more talented than Lance. I doubt this would be a very good one so keep it short,

 

Mr. Kennedy def. Funaki

I find it interesting how so many relatively useless people manage to remain on the WWE roster for so long. I suppose they just have so much money they don't really care. Being funny probably helps. Mr. Kennedy easily beats Funaki. 

 

Hardcore Holly def. Daivari

Hardcore Holly would light Daivari up with his stiff style and advance easily. Daivari can bump for Bobby.

 

Umaga def. Eugene

The easiest way to get heat is to beat up a mentally handicapped person. Umaga would easily thrash him about and have the match won but continue to beat him up longer than needed. 

 

William Regal def. Shannon Moore

This one has the potential to be decent, especially with Regal leading it. Moore is pretty wack if you ask me though so I wouldn't do any sort of favors in terms of making him look good at all. Regal should probably make him tap fast.

 

 

Second Round:

CM Punk def. Brian Kendrick

We are here at the second round which means that the ECW competitors will now actually compete. CM Punk was one of his brand's top stars so he advances but they could definitely have a good match. 

 

Cody Rhodes def. Sylvain Grenier

Cody honestly just got lucky with the way the bracket is as he gets matched up with a jobber, meaning an easy win and a spot in the round of 16.

 

Jeff Hardy def. Balls Mahoney

If we are being honest, most of ECW's guys were not very good wrestlers and I think Balls falls into that grouping. Keep it short and it should be fine.

 

MVP def. Kevin Thorn

Keeping the United States Champion strong and not killing his momentum by having him lose to a really bad vampire gimmick.

 

The Miz def. Ric Flair

Ric Flair is no longer what he once was so it's understandable that he loses to an up and comer. The Miz gets to beat the greatest, albeit far from his prime, and that gives him plenty of heat and material to work with in promos. 

 

Finlay def. James Curtis

James shouldn't even be here but ECW was barren so they had to call in the jobbers to fill the ranks. Finlay smacks him up and sends him back to developmental. He ain't ready for the big time.

 

Mark Henry def. Stevie Richards

Another quick win for Mark Henry as he continues his path of destruction. 

 

Big Daddy V def. Paul London

We know he isn't very good but his push was definitely stronger than London's, so Big Daddy V throws him around a bit and pins him.

 

Elijah Burke def. Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy could afford to lose to the future star that had a bye anyways. This match would turn out well and I think it would help Burke a lot in beating an established guy from another brand here. 

 

Kane def. Rene Dupree

Another squash for Kane. Rene had gone down to FCW at the end of June and he requested his release a month later so it's clear what his standings were here.

 

Carlito def. Marcus Von Cor

While Marcus could have been a big star I don't think WWE ever saw that whereas they were definitely high on Carlito.

 

The Boogeyman def. Chavo Guerrero

I think Chavo has good comedic ability and would be able to play off of The Boogeyman's antics well enough for things to be entertaining. The Boogeyman was pretty protected and no one can blame you for losing to him when you see the things he does. 

 

Mr. Kennedy def. Tommy Dreamer

Mr. Kennedy picks up a win over a much more legitimate opponent than his previous one. Beating a hardcore legend like Dreamer, especially one that can go better than most of the rest, would be really good for Kennedy I think.

 

Hardcore Holly def. Mike Knox

Knox dropped off of ECW TV for about half a year to work in Deep South Wrestling so he's just a fill the numbers guy here that gets fed to Hardcore Holly.

 

Umaga def. Nunzio

Nunzio has great reactions and such as well as being a good bumper so he could make this a fun squash to watch.

 

William Regal def. Matt Striker

This time it would be Striker being the one taught as Regal would show off his superior wrestling knowledge to make Matt tap.

 

 

Round of 16:

CM Punk def. Cody Rhodes

The rookie did well to make it this far but was unlucky to find himself facing CM Punk here. Hopefully CM Punk can make Cody shine during the match but either way making it past two guys, albeit low tier, is a good look for Cody.

 

Jeff Hardy def. MVP

Jeff Hardy manages to knock off a champion from another brand here which is great for him and I think the quality of opponent means nothing is taken away from MVP. Maybe it could even play into MVP's feud with Matt somehow.

 

The Miz def. Finlay

The Miz would get another win over an older, liked member of the roster which I think plays into his character well and again can be used for promo material and easy heat. 

 

Mark Henry def. Big Daddy V

I think this match would undoubtedly suck but it has to happen. Henry continues his streak as he manages to overcome a fellow monster which is even more impressive than his other wins. 

 

Elijah Burke def. Kane

Elijah Burke looks even better than before now by beating Kane here. This is another case where I don't think Kane has as much to lose as Burke does to gain from this and Burke is starting to look like a star as he gets deeper in the tournament.

 

The Boogeyman def. Carlito

Carlito is another guy that has good comedic sense and may do well opposite Boogeyman. Either way The Boogeyman stays strong over Carlito. 

 

Mr. Kennedy def. Hardcore Holly

Mr. Kennedy looks good in beating another longtime veteran that also has a reputation for being a tough guy. 

 

Umaga def. William Regal

Umaga is a monster and even Regal's wits would not be enough here. Regal would transition from interim GM to proper GM soon after as well as the fact that he would win the King of the Ring in 2008 gives me the reason not to have him go any farther here.

 

 

Quarterfinals:

CM Punk def. Jeff Hardy

CM Punk was one of the top guys on his brand whereas Jeff was simply a well loved midcarder. While of course King of the Ring has been the push needed to get people into the main event, Jeff can reach it without having the accolade. I also think Punk is simply a better talent in ring and could produce better matches as well.

 

Mark Henry def. The Miz

Once confronted with an opponent that isn't 50 years old Miz realizes he is in over his head too late. Mark Henry inadvertently gives the fans something to cheer about as things come back around on him but all that matters is Henry's continued path of destruction. 

 

Elijah Burke def. The Boogeyman

Elijah Burke faces yet another otherworldly entity and comes out on top. Burke's entire journey through the King of the Ring helps establish him as a potential top guy, which I definitely think he was, but unfortunately never got that chance to be what he could have been. Flashes were seen in ECW but never acted upon.

 

Mr. Kennedy def. Umaga

Mr. Kennedy beats the toughest opponent of his tournament journey here in what you can say is an upset as Umaga was one of the most protected guys during his run. It's also worth noting that since Umaga is the Intercontinental Champion, this win would probably earn him a shot. In reality at Summerslam Umaga defended against Carlito and Mr. Kennedy so it would be pretty likely. 

 

 

Semifinals:

CM Punk def. Mark Henry

Mark Henry has a streak to keep in tact here so Punk would have to win by DQ or countout, but a win is a win. Henry was definitely rolled around as a potential King of the Ring winner but his streak was mostly comprised of jobbers so I didn't feel as compelled to. Henry is kept strong for his streak to be broken by Taker upon his return so it all works out. CM Punk is technically the only face in the semifinals so there is also that factor.

 

Mr. Kennedy def. Elijah Burke

Elijah Burke's run through this tournament was well deserved to me as he is a super charismatic man who could really get crowds going and both WWE and TNA really missed the boat on him big time. Mr. Kennedy would put a stop to this run though as he goes on to face CM Punk for the title of King.

 

 

Finals:

Mr. Kennedy def. CM Punk

This was probably a pretty telegraphed win but there's a reason why it's so obvious and it's because he was the top choice. Mr. Kennedy was set for a big push with the Money In The Bank win and we could have seen him take the World Heavyweight Championship off of The Undertaker had he not been injured. Originally it was believed he would be out for maybe eight months until they realized the injuries was not as severe as they first thought but by than Edge had taken his role. If a King of the Ring was held they would surely use it to relaunch Mr. Kennedy to where they originally planned on having him be. Either way his wound up killing the push by being involved in a steroid scandal not long after, but if things had been different, Kennedy would have been a world champion in the WWE and the son of Mr. McMahon.

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I absolutely agree with your choice of Mr. Kennedy winning the 2007 King of the Ring. Considering he won MITB, and was positioned for a big push as Vince's illegitimate son, I could have definitely have seen Kennedy win King of the Ring this year too. Having a 48 man tournament is super interesting, ECW side is quite lacking compared to Raw and Smackdown, just shows how WWE valued ECW lol. I think Hardy could have been a finalist than CM Punk, as he was also groomed for a big singles push, but either guy works in this situation. Overall, Great stuff odd.

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