During the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday night, WWE aired a video clip of which shows are heading to the WWE Network. One of these was the return of the infamous King Of The Ring tournament. Rather than being aired on a broadcast of Raw or Smackdown; the King of the Ring will be an exclusive to the great wrestlers of the United Kingdom.
Triple H revealed several key details following this announcement about the tournament; including the location and dates. The show will be taped over two days from the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London on June 18th and 19th 2018. No doubt will provide a platform for upcoming British and Irish superstars.
WWE issued the following:
NEW ORLEANS — Triple H revealed during today’s Business Partner Summit that the United Kingdom Championship Tournament will return for two nights this summer on June 18 and 19. This showcase for the finest talent in the U.K. will emanate from the most famous arena in London, Royal Albert Hall.
The first United Kingdom Championship Tournament was held in 2017 on Jan. 14 and 15 in Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom and aired live on WWE Network. The competition to crown the first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion was won by 19-year-old Tyler Bate, who beat Pete Dunne in the final. Dunne later defeated Bate for the title at NXT TakeOver: Chicago in a modern classic, and continues to hold the championship as of this publication.
The Royal Albert Hall, meanwhile, is one of the world’s most vaunted arenas. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, it has hosted Beatles concerts, Muhammad Ali boxing matches and sports-entertainment bouts dating back as far as 1904 when WWE Hall of Famer George Hackenschmidt grappled there. And on June 18 and 19, it will serve as the proving ground of WWE’s next great U.K. talent.