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08/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins



2019 King of the Ring tournament bracket



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Who will take the crown in the King of the Ring tournament, returning this Monday on Raw?

Eight Superstars from Raw and eight Superstars from SmackDown LIVE will meet in the tourney to become WWE royalty, and the bracket is now set.

Check out all of the opening matchups below, then download and print your own bracket so you can make predictions and track your favorite Superstars as they advance.

First-round King of the Ring action kicks off live on Raw at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Braun Strowman to face AJ Styles for the United States Title on Raw



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The O.C. have been making a lot of noise on Raw since capturing the United States Championship and the Raw Tag Team Titles, but it seems like all that noise has woken up a monster.

As AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson pummeled Universal Champion Seth Rollins during Raw’s Champion vs. Champion main event, Braun Strowman joined frequent O.C. foe Ricochet in helping The Beastslayer even the odds, sending a powerful message to The Phenomenal One and his cruel cohorts.

In a WWE.com interview following the physical altercation with The Monster Among Men, Styles challenged Strowman to a match next week, where the United States Title will be on the line. Strowman accepted the challenge via Twitter.
Sasha Banks’ brutal return sparks questions



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Sporting blue hair and a take-no-prisoners attitude, Sasha Banks emerged this past Monday night on Raw and utterly unleashed on an unsuspecting (and injured) Natalya – and not even Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch could halt The Boss’ rampage. Banks got the better of The Man in the ensuing brawl, relentlessly pummeling the titleholder with a steel chair.

Earlier in the night, Lynch had thrown out a challenge to the Women’s locker room: “Your smart play is to get me before I get you.” Was The Boss taking that message to heart, using the attack on Natalya to goad Lynch into a physical confrontation? Or was there another reason for Banks’ physical and psychological transformation upon her return?

Meanwhile, Lynch has taken to Instagram vowing retribution against Banks following the attack. Will that payback come this Monday on Raw?
Cedric Alexander squares off with Sami Zayn as the King of the Ring kicks off



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Cedric Alexander’s momentum has been surging over recent weeks with a win over Drew McIntyre and legions of new fans inspired by his never-say-die attitude and breathtaking propensity for making a statement. Sami Zayn will be looking to disappoint Alexander’s fans as the King of the Ring Tournament begins.

Zayn would undoubtedly take pleasure in eliminating fan-favorite Alexander from the tournament early. Can The Critic of Critics play spoiler or will Cedric ascend and take his first step towards the King of the Ring throne?

Find out this Monday night on Raw!
Cesaro and Samoa Joe to throw down with their eyes on the throne



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The King of the Ring Tournament is about to see a fight go down.

In a match that could be the most physical of the first round, Cesaro and Samoa Joe will collide, both looking to advance in their quest to become the 2019 King of the Ring. Will it be The Samoan Shark or The Swiss Cyborg who emerges from a battle that is sure to turn heads this Monday night?
Walking with (and running after) Elias



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Mere moments after R-Truth celebrated his astonishing twelfth 24/7 Championship win, Elias bashed the rapping Superstar with his guitar to kick off his third reign with the oft-defended prize.

Elias has already turned back a challenge from Drake Maverick in the recording studio, but neither Drake nor the growing number of Superstars in pursuit of the 24/7 Title will be giving up anytime soon. Can the calculating crooner – who is also competing in the King of the Ring tournament – stay on top of the charts?
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Re: 8/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins

Bring this man in to call the tournament please.

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Well Sami is in for another good old fashioned job, I'm very interested in how AJ/Braun plays out.

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Re: 8/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins

Basically only interested in the follow up to Becky/Sasha here.
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Re: 8/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins

Cesaro vs. Joe is interesting. I'm used to Cesaro working with guys like Ricochet and Rey. High flying guys who can base off of him. With Joe, especially at his age, I don't know if the chemistry will be there. But I hope they can have a good hoss fight.

Cedric vs. Sami, given how Sami's been booked recently, really shouldn't go beyond 2 minutes. But, I can see them wanting to go long with this match as well, if for nothing else but to kill time and make the tournament feel a bit bigger.

Sasha's return couldn't have gone better last week, but they need a good follow up. Things usually go bad for them when the draw out an explanation. So I wouldn't mind if she did a tell all this week.

If I believed Braun vs. AJ was going to be a no nonsesnse clean match (besides OC interference), I'd be excited because I think AJ can work great with someone like Braun. But I'm almost positive this turns into a 6 Man Tag with Rollins and Ricochet coming to make the save.

Lastly, I do hope Bray makes an appearance on this show. I'm craving some more Fiend on WWE TV. But, I honestly can't think of a good person for him to target and there's really no need or room for him to do something at COC. So who knows.
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This Becky/Sasha program needs to cut away from any social media nonsense. Things can get heated a lot better without it.
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Re: 8/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins

Somewhat shocked, in this day and age, that we don’t have a Queen of the Ring tournament...

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Somewhat shocked, in this day and age, that we don’t have a Queen of the Ring tournament...


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Somewhat shocked, in this day and age, that we don’t have a Queen of the Ring tournament...
Because there is already a one true Queen

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Re: 8/19 RAW Discussion Thread: The King of the Ring Tournament Begins

I want to care about the King of the Ring. I really do but I know the winner won't matter in the long term and it's just a gimmick to try and keep ratings consistent. I doubt there will be any forward advancement that will be beneficial for the tournament and the eventual winner. Sure, you'll get your quality matches but you get them anyways every week and the show still doesn't matter or isn't even that good. Hopefully, I am proven wrong.

Looking forward to the Sasha followup, though. I'll be interested to see how they present her a week after returning. It can go either promising or deflating.

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