King of the Ring
Oh, King of the Ring, you’ll never know how much you meant to us. King of the Ring was always one of the best events on the WWE calendar and its absence is felt every single year.
Until they started to make a complete mockery of it during the last few tournaments (King Barrett, Sheamus, etc) the annual King of the Ring tournament was often the way to decide who was going to be the number 1 contender for Summerslam. While there are some occasions where the winner was an absolute joke, there were others- Brock Lesnar and Stone Cold Steve Austin, to name just two when the tournament was used as the final push for some mega stars.
Bringing the tournament back, making it a cross brand affair and putting it on the network could be a masterstroke. Firstly, it would drive network subscribers up, even if it only was for a month, secondly, it would allow the stars time to actually wrestle. One problem with recent tournaments was just how rushed they were, and how none of the matches were even held on PPV.
By allowing superstars time to perform, it could also elevate talent that is being underused on TV, giving them a chance to show the audience just what they are capable of. It would also provide fans with the chance of cross-brand matches, which are normally only reserved for the big 4 PPVs, further pushing up that craved subscriber rate.