The eight participants of the King of the Ring tournament have now been officially announced. In the first round, Dean Ambrose will take on Sheamus. The surging Adrian Neville will take on Luke Harper. Two veterans in Stardust and R Truth are the next match. The remaining match will see Wade Barrett taking on Dolph Ziggler. The first two rounds will take place on Monday Night Raw, while the remaining two rounds will be on the WWE Network.
April 27, 2015
In a rather surprising move, Dolph Ziggler picked up the win over Sheamus at Extreme Rules. However, we later found out what motive WWE had in putting together this match. Ziggler teased the audience for a couple of minutes by pulling up his trunks to expose his buttocks. He ended up receiving a low blow and was forced to kiss the ass of the Celtic Warrior. The goal was to generate more heel heat for the bully gimmick, and it worked.
April 26, 2015
Reports have now surfaced that Daniel Bryan was sent home because he suffered a concussion while working a match against Sheamus on an episode of Smackdown during the tour of Europe. WWE officials were not completely aware of the injury, so they allowed him to keep working shows. Upon finding out, they decided to send him back to the United States early, which is a good thing because his neck has not been at 100% yet.
April 18, 2015
Since Ireland is one of their stops during the tour of Europe, WWE made sure to bring a hometown hero to help sell the show. Finn Balor was brought along with the main roster. He received a great ovation from the audience as expected. He successfully defeated Adrian Neville in a match. Afterwards Sheamus came out to congratulate his fellow countrymen. However, to play up his new heel character, he turned on Balor and attacked him.
April 10, 2015
Since WWE wants to push Sheamus as a top level heel, they are going to need someone in the upper mid card division to put him over in his first pay per view back. The top candidate right now appears to be Dolph Ziggler. He is someone that is over with the audience and can make an opponent look better than usual. The two of them will more than likely square off in a match that is early on the Extreme Rules card. The setup should take place soon.
April 7, 2015
Since he is viewed as a major marketing chip in Europe, Finn Balor is currently overseas with the top WWE stars as they tour the continent. He and Sheamus are both from Ireland, so the hope is that they can draw in a packed house. Another reason why Balor is on the tour is because management is seriously considering a promotion to main roster in the near future. This would enable the front office to get a much closer look at him.
April 7, 2015