As WWE gears up for the highly anticipated King and Queen of The Ring premium live event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on May 25th, recent developments have shed light on a strategic shift in match scheduling.

Last week, WWE surprised fans by relocating several King and Queen of the Ring matches originally slated for Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown to live events. This decision affected matches such as Kofi Kingston vs. Rey Mysterio and Shayna Baszler vs. Maxxine Dupri, among others.

According to a report from Fightful Select, WWE opted to stage these matches at live events rather than on television to avoid overwhelming viewers with an excess of King and Queen of the Ring content. Additionally, the move aimed to bolster attendance for live events, offering fans an exclusive opportunity to witness these pivotal matchups firsthand.

On the RAW side of the tournament, Jey Uso and Gunther emerged victorious to qualify for the King of The Ring semifinals, while IYO SKY and Lyra Valkyra secured their spots in the Queen of the Ring semifinals. With anticipation building for the finals set to take place in Saudi Arabia, all eyes are on Friday Night SmackDown to determine the remaining finalists.


As WWE’s strategy unfolds, the decision to showcase key matches at live events appears to be a calculated move to balance television programming and enhance the live event experience. Whether this approach proves successful in driving attendance and maintaining viewer engagement remains to be seen, but it certainly adds an element of exclusivity and excitement for fans.

What are your thoughts on WWE’s strategy behind holding some King and Queen of the Ring matches at live events? Share your opinions in the comments section below!

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