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WWE has held a variety of different professional wrestling tournaments competed for by sports entertainers that are a part of their roster.

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Sporadic tournaments[edit]

The Wrestling Classic (1985)[edit]

The Wrestling Classic, also known as Wrestlevision, was a World Wrestling Federation (WWF) pay-per-view event that took place on November 7, 1985, from the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois. It revolved around a 16-man single-elimination tournament and included a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match. Junkyard Dog won the tournament after defeating Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

Sam Muchnick Memorial Tournament (1986)[edit]

Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament (1987)[edit]

The Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament was a tournament.[1][2]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
The Killer Bees
(B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell)
Pin
Kamala and Sika 07:32
The Killer Bees Pin
King Kong Bundy and Paul Orndorff 04:22
King Kong Bundy and Paul Orndorff Pin
Bob Orton and The Magnificent Muraco 06:20
The Killer Bees Pin
Demolition 06:16
The Can-Am Connection
(Rick Martel and Tom Zenk)
Pin
Danny Spivey and Jerry Allen 10:31
The Can-Am Connection CO
Demolition 09:21
Demolition
(Ax and Smash)
DQ
The British Bulldogs
(Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid)
04:50

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1988)[edit]

The main event at WrestleMania IV was a 14-man tournament for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship where "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeated "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase to win the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship title.[3]

WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1990)[edit]

The WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide a new WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion after previous champion Ultimate Warrior was stripped of the title after he defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania VI.[4][5]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Tito Santana CO
Akeem
Tito Santana
BYE
Brutus Beefcake DCO
Dino Bravo
Tito Santana
Mr. Perfect Pin
Mr. Perfect Pin
Jimmy Snuka
Mr. Perfect
BYE
Roddy Piper DDQ
Rick Martel

WWF Women's Championship Tournament (1993)[edit]

The WWF Women's Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide the new WWF Women's Champion after the title was reinstated after three years of inactivity.[6][7][8]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Heidi Lee Morgan Pin
Black Venus
Heidi Lee Morgan Pin
Rusty Thomas
Rusty Thomas Pin
Angie Marino
Heidi Lee Morgan
Alundra Blayze Pin
Alundra Blayze Pin
Allison Royal
Alundra Blayze
BYE
BYE
BYE

WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament (1995)[edit]

The WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide new WWF Tag Team Champions after former champions Diesel and Shawn Michaels vacated the titles due to the two not being able to function as a tag team,[9] which was won by The 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly.[9]

WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament (1996)[edit]

The WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide new WWF Tag Team Champions after former champions The Smokin' Gunns had to vacate the titles due to Billy Gunn suffering a neck injury,[10] the tournament was won by The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip).[10]

Kuwait Cup Tournament (1996)[edit]

The Kuwait Cup was a tournament.[11]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
        
Bret Hart
Leif Cassidy
Bret Hart
Owen Hart
Yokozuna
Owen Hart
Owen Hart
Ahmed Johnson
Marty Jannetty
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Ahmed Johnson
Ahmed Johnson
Aldo Montoya
Ahmed Johnson
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
The Undertaker
Isaac Yankem, D.D.S. pin
The Undertaker
British Bulldog
Duke Droese 5:16
The British Bulldog pin
The Undertaker
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Savio Vega pin
Bob Backlund 3:05
Savio Vega
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Butch 11:56
Hunter Hearst Helmsley pin

WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1996)[edit]

The WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide a new WWF Intercontinental Champion after previous champion Ahmed Johnson forfeited the title. He suffered injury to both kidneys when he was attacked by the debuting Faarooq after winning an 11-man battle royal.[5][12]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Owen Hart CO
The British Bulldog 8/19
Owen Hart 9/16
Marc Mero Pin
Marc Mero DQ
Stone Cold Steve Austin 8/19
Marc Mero Pin
Faarooq 9/23
Sycho Sid 8/19
Hunter Hearst Helmsley Pin
Sycho Sid 9/16
Faarooq DQ
Faarooq Pin
Savio Vega 8/19

Middle East Cup Tournament[edit]

The Middle East Cup was a tournament. that took place on December 2, 1996[11]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Bret Hart PIN
The British Bulldog 15:10
Bret Hart
BYE
Vader DCO
Farooq 11:33
Bret Hart PIN
Stone Cold Steve Austin 19:56
Owen Hart 12:46
Stone Cold Steve Austin PIN
Stone Cold Steve Austin DQ
The Undertaker 14:28
The Undertaker 10:26
Mankind

WWF European Championship Tournament (1997)[edit]

The WWF European Championship Tournament was a tournament to crown the first-ever WWF European Champion.[5]

Kuwait Cup Tournament (1997)[edit]

The Kuwait Cup was a tournament.[11]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
        
Tiger Ali Singh pin
Leif Cassidy 6:47
Tiger Ali Singh PIN
Billy Gunn 11:04
Billy Gunn pin
Bob Holly 5:06
Tiger Ali Singh PIN
Mankind 9:08
Fake Diesel pin
The British Bulldog 10:53
Davey Boy Smith DQ
Mankind 12:26
Phineas I. Godwinn sub
Mankind 8:43
Tiger Ali Singh PIN
Owen Hart 13:48
Vader pin
Bart Gunn 4:40
Vader PIN
Freddie Joe Floyd 3:02
Sycho Sid forfeit
Freddie Joe Floyd
Vader Forfeit
Owen Hart
Stone Cold Steve Austin CO
Bret Hart 15:58
Stone Cold Steve Austin 14:30
Owen Hart PIN
Henry O. Godwinn SUB
Owen Hart 7:52

WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament (1997)[edit]

The WWF Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide new WWF Tag Team Champions, which was won by Owen Hart and The British Bulldog, with the winner facing Stone Cold Steve Austin and a partner of his choosing, which was revealed to be Dude Love.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Faarooq and D'Lo Brown Pin
Vader and The Undertaker
Farooq and D'Lo Brown Pin
The Legion of Doom
The Godwinns
The Legion of Doom Pin
Farooq and D'Lo Brown
Owen Hart and the British Bulldog Pin
New Blackjacks
Owen Hart and the British Bulldog Pin
Owen Hart and the British Bulldog
The Headbangers Pin
Jerry Lawler and Rob Van Dam
The Headbangers Pin

WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1997)[edit]

The tournament to determine the new WWF Intercontinental Champion was held between September 8 and October 5, 1997, with the finals occurring at Badd Blood: In Your House. The title was vacated due to a neck injury that champion Stone Cold Steve Austin suffered when he won the championship.

WWF Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament[edit]

The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was first introduced in Mexico for the Universal Wrestling Association. It eventually migrated to Japan as well, although it wasn't considered as an official WWF title until after 1997, when a tournament was held in the United States to crown a champion. Before the tournament, the title was a part of the J-Crown. The tournament ended on December 7, 1997 at D-Generation X: In Your House where Taka Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher to become the first Light Heavyweight Champion recognized by the WWF.

Brawl for All[edit]

The WWF Brawl for All was a shoot fighting tournament held in the World Wrestling Federation that lasted from June 29, 1998 to August 24, 1998.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1998)[edit]

The WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide a new WWF Intercontinental Champion after previous champion Triple H vacated the title due to injury.[5][13]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Ken Shamrock Sub
Steve Blackman
Ken Shamrock Sub
Val Venis
Val Venis Pin
Marc Mero
Ken Shamrock Sub
X-Pac
X-Pac Pin
Jeff Jarrett
X-Pac Pin
Mankind
Mankind Sub
Mark Henry

Deadly Games WWF Championship Tournament (1998)[edit]

  • Mankind's opponent in the first round was billed as a "mystery opponent" it was not announced until match time that Duane Gill was the opponent.
  • Mankind never actually submitted but Vince McMahon and the referee called for the bell moments after the Rock put him in the sharpshooter (a reference to the Montreal Screwjob that occurred one year prior.)

Undisputed WWF Championship Tournament (2001)[edit]

The Undisputed WWF Championship Tournament was a four-man tournament held at Vengeance on December 9, 2001. The tournament was created to unify the WWF and World Championships.

Undisputed WWF Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2002)[edit]

The Undisputed WWF Championship #1 Contendership Tournament was a tournament to face Chris Jericho for the Undisputed WWF Championship at No Way Out.[14]

WWE Tag Team Championship Tournament[edit]

The WWE Tag Team Championship Tournament was a tournament held to crown the inaugural WWE Tag Team Champions, for the SmackDown brand. The finals concluded at No Mercy (2002) and were won by Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle.[15]

WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2003)[edit]

This was a tournament to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. The winner faced champion Brock Lesnar at Backlash.[16]

WWE United States Championship Tournament (2003)[edit]

The WWE United States Championship Tournament was a tournament to decide the inaugural WWE United States Champion as then-Smackdown General Manager Stephanie McMahon revived the title after two years of inactivity.[17]

The tournament was held between June 19 and July 27, 2003 at Vengeance.

WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (February 2005)[edit]

The tournament to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 21 was held between February 1 and February 20, 2005. At WrestleMania 21, John Cena defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield to become the new champion.

WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (April 2005)[edit]

The WWE Championship #1 Contender's Tournament was a tournament where the winner faced champion John Cena at Judgment Day.[18]

Gold Rush Tournament (2005)[edit]

The Gold Rush Tournament was a tournament to determine the new #1 contender for World Heavyweight Champion Batista, which was won by Edge.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Kane 5/2
Christian Pin
4:22
Kane 5/9
Chris Benoit Pin
9:18
Chris Benoit 5/2
Triple H Sub
13:34
Kane 5/16
Edge Pin
12:23
Edge 5/2
Chris Jericho Pin
8:10
Edge 5/9
Shawn Michaels Pin
9:52
Shawn Michaels 5/2
Shelton Benjamin Pin
14:50

Road to WrestleMania Tournament[edit]

The Road to WrestleMania Tournament was a tournament to crown a #1 contender for John Cena's WWE Championship at WrestleMania 22.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Triple H Pin
Ric Flair 2/6
Triple H DCO
Big Show 2/13
Big Show Pin
Shelton Benjamin 2/6
Triple H Pin
Big Show
Rob Van Dam
2/20
Rob Van Dam Pin
Carlito 2/6
Rob Van Dam Pin
Chris Masters 2/13
Kane 2/6
Chris Masters

WWE Women's Championship Tournament (2006)[edit]

The WWE Women's Championship Tournament was a tournament to crown a new WWE Women's Champion after champion Trish Stratus retired from her wrestling career.[7][19] The first round started on September 25, 2006 and ended at Cyber Sunday when Lita, who Stratus defeated in her retirement match, defeated Mickie James.

ECW World Championship Tournament[edit]

The ECW World Championship Tournament was a tournament created to determine a new ECW World Champion after Bobby Lashley vacated his championship due to being drafted to Raw on June 11, 2007. The finals took place at Vengeance: Night of Champions.[20]

Championship Competition Tournament[edit]

The Championship Competition Tournament was a tournament held on SmackDown! in 2007 to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven.[21]

Semifinals Final
      
Rey Mysterio DQ
Batista 05:57
Rey Mysterio Pin
Finlay 08:33
Finlay Pin
Kane 07:21

Championship Chase Tournament[edit]

The Championship Chase Tournament was a tournament held on the May 9, 2008 episode of SmackDown to determine The Undertaker's opponent for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship at Judgment Day.[22]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Big Show defeated Tommy Dreamer Qualifying match 01:35
2 Finlay and Montel Vontavious Porter wrestled to a double-pin Qualifying match 14:46
3 Matt Hardy defeated CM Punk Qualifying match 04:46
4 Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero Qualifying match 05:56
5 Batista defeated John Morrison Qualifying match 06:34
6 Edge defeated Big Show, Finlay, Montel Vontavious Porter, Matt Hardy, Kane and Batista Final match 15:59

WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2008)[edit]

A tournament was announced to crown a new #1 contender for William Regal's WWE Intercontinental Championship. CM Punk won the tournament by defeating Rey Mysterio in the tournament final at Armageddon.[23]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Kofi Kingston Pin
Kane 2:39
Kofi Kingston 3:12
Rey Mysterio Pin
Rey Mysterio Pin
The Miz 4:25
Rey Mysterio 12:15
CM Punk Pin
Finlay 4:10
John Morrison Pin
John Morrison 1:55
CM Punk Pin
CM Punk Pin
Snitsky 5:14

Race To The Rumble Tournament[edit]

The Race To The Rumble Tournament was a tournament held in 2009 to determine a #1 contender for John Cena's World Heavyweight Championship.[24]

Quarterfinals Qualifiers Final (Fatal 4-Way)
         
Shawn Michaels 12/22
Kane Pin
Shawn Michaels
Randy Orton
Randy Orton 12/22
Batista Forfeit
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 12/29
Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho Pin
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 12/22
Rey Mysterio DQ
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho 12/22
CM Punk Pin

ECW Homecoming Tournament[edit]

The ECW Homecoming Tournament was a tournament to crown a #1 contender for the ECW Championship.[25]

No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Kane defeated Zack Ryder Qualifying match 3:47
2 Ezekiel Jackson defeated Vladimir Kozlov Qualifying match 1:35
3 Yoshi Tatsu defeated Jack Swagger Qualifying match
4 Vance Archer defeated Goldust Qualifying match
5 Matt Hardy defeated Finlay Qualifying match 5:14
6 Evan Bourne defeated Mike Knox Qualifying match 3:43
7 Shelton Benjamin defeated Chavo Guerrero Qualifying match 4:46
8 CM Punk defeated Mark Henry Qualifying match 10:37
9 Ezekiel Jackson defeated Kane, Yoshi Tatsu, Vance Archer, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk Final match 13:53

WWE Divas Championship Tournament[edit]

A tournament was announced to crown a new WWE Divas Champion after former champion Melina was stripped of the title due to injury. The first round started on January 4, 2010.[26]

The final tournament was originally scheduled at Elimination Chamber, but when official consultant to the SmackDown General Manager, Vickie Guerrero interrupted, she was changing the match to an interbrand Divas tag team match, facing LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) from SmackDown. The final was held at the following night of Raw.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament (2010)[edit]

The WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament was a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. On May 7, 2010, after failed attempts of getting Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre to stop attacking Matt Hardy, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long fired McIntyre and vacated the title. The following week, Kofi Kingston won a tournament to become the new champion, but Mr. McMahon reverted Long's decision. Due to the decision by Mr. McMahon, the vacancy of the title and Kingston's championship win are not recognized as WWE continued to recognize McIntyre as champion during that period.[27] At Over the Limit, Kingston defeated McIntyre to win his second official Intercontinental Championship.

Quarterfinals Semifinals
      
1 Kofi Kingston Pin
4 Dolph Ziggler
Kofi Kingston Pin
Christian
3 Christian Pin
2 Cody Rhodes

WWE Championship Tournament (2011)[edit]

On the July 18, 2011, edition of WWE Raw, the WWE Championship was vacated, after champion CM Punk left WWE. The title was put up in a tournament featuring the top eight wrestlers. The finals of the tournament would take place on the July 25 episode of Raw, which was won by Rey Mysterio.[28]

Quarterfinals
(TV – July 18, 2011, Raw SuperShow)
Semifinals
(TV – July 18, 2011, Raw SuperShow)
Final
(TV – July 25, 2011, Raw Supershow)
         
Rey Mysterio Pin
Dolph Ziggler 08:00
Rey Mysterio Pin
R-Truth 09:52
Jack Swagger 05:47
R-Truth Pin
Rey Mysterio Pin
The Miz 13:10
Kofi Kingston Pin
Alberto Del Rio 04:24
Kofi Kingston 12:47
The Miz Pin
Alex Riley 04:58
The Miz Pin

Gold Rush Tournament (2012)[edit]

On the August 1, 2012 edition of NXT, NXT Commissioner Dusty Rhodes announced a "Gold Rush" tournament, featuring 4 developmental roster NXT Superstars and 4 main roster WWE Superstars to determine the inaugural NXT Champion in a knockout system format. The first NXT Champion was crowned on July 26, 2012, with Seth Rollins defeating Jinder Mahal in the tournament finals.[29]

WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2012)[edit]

The WWE Tag Team Championship Tournament was a #1 contender's tag team tournament, where the winning team faced Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

NXT Tag Team Championship Tournament (2013)[edit]

The NXT Tag Team Championship was introduced on the January 23, 2013 edition of NXT where it was announced by special guest Shawn Michaels that there would be a tournament to crown the first new champions.[30]

Royal Rumble Entry Tournament (2013)[edit]

The Royal Rumble Entry Tournament was a tournament where the winner entered the 2013 Royal Rumble Match.[31]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Leo Kruger Pin
Xavier Woods
Leo Kruger Pin
Adrian Neville
Adrian Neville Pin
Corey Graves
Leo Kruger
Bo Dallas Pin
Oliver Grey
Conor O'Brian Pin
Conor O'Brian
Bo Dallas Pin
Luke Harper
Bo Dallas Pin

NXT Women's Championship Tournament (2013)[edit]

The championship was first introduced on April 5, 2013 at WrestleMania Axxess. It was announced at the May 30, 2013 tapings (broadcast on the June 5 episode) of WWE NXT (TV series), by Stephanie McMahon that there would be a tournament, featuring four developmental female talents and four female talents from the main roster competing to be crowned as the inaugural NXT Women's Champion in a knockout system format. The first NXT Women's Champion was crowned on June 20, 2013, with Paige defeating Emma in the tournament finals.[32]

WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2014)[edit]

In April 2014, the WWE held the Intercontinental Championship Tournament to determine the #1 contenders to face Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules 2014. Bad News Barrett defeated Rob Van Dam in the final and defeated Big E to win the title.[33]

NXT Women's Championship Tournament (2014)[edit]

On April 24, 2014, Paige was stripped of the NXT Women's Championship, by NXT's commissioner John Bradshaw Layfield, because she could not defend both the NXT Women's and WWE Divas Championship, ending her reign at 308 days. Right after, during the tapings for the May shows, a tournament was announced to take place to determine the next champion. Charlotte defeated Natalya at NXT TakeOver on May 29, 2014 to become the new champion.[34]

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2014)[edit]

The championship tournament started on August 7, 2014 and there would be new #1 contenders for the titles. The tournament final was held on September 4, 2014. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) won the tournament and defeated The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11, 2014 to win the titles.[35]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
The Lucha Dragons
(Kalisto and Sin Cara)
8/14
Blake and Murphy Pin
2:45
The Lucha Dragons 8/21
Sami Zayn and Adam Rose Pin
8:00
Sami Zayn and Adam Rose 8/7
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel Pin
9:15
The Lucha Dragons 9/4
Vaudevillains Pin
5:20
The Vaudevillains
(Aiden English and Simon Gotch)
8/14
Bull Dempsey and Mojo Rawley Pin
3:05
Vaudevillains 8/21
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady Pin
1:45
Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady 8/7
Tye Dillinger and Jason Jordan Pin
5:15

NXT Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2015)[edit]

The NXT Championship Tournament started on January 21, 2015 and there would be a new #1 Contender's for the title. The tournament final was held on February 11, 2015 at NXT TakeOver: Rival. Finn Bálor went on to win the tournament defeated Adrian Neville in the final.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament[edit]

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament was a tournament at WrestleMania Axxess for the André the Giant Battle Royal.[36]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Tyler Breeze Pin
Bull Dempsey
Tyler Breeze Pin
Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor Pin
Baron Corbin
Finn Bálor Pin
Hideo Itami
Hideo Itami Pin
Jason Jordan
Hideo Itami Pin
Adrian Neville
Adrian Neville Pin
Kalisto

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (2015)[edit]

On November 5, 2015, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was vacated, after champion Seth Rollins suffered a knee injury.

Immediately after the final match, Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Reigns. Therefore, Reigns' championship reign lasted only five minutes and fifteen seconds (later used to antagonize Reigns).

WWE Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2016)[edit]

This tournament was to determine the new #1 Contenders to The New Day's WWE Tag Team Championships.

The final match ended in a no contest after Enzo Amore suffered a legitimate concussion. Not far into the match, Amore was thrown into the ropes by Simon Gotch. Amore attempted to slide under the ropes, but instead hit his head on the middle rope and the mat, before falling on the floor, appearing to be unconscious. With the ending of the match, the Vaudevillains were given a WWE Tag Team Championship match, but they were defeated by The New Day.

Cruiserweight Classic (2016)[edit]

The Cruiserweight Classic[37] saw thirty-two of the world's best cruiserweights battle it out to be crowned WWE's first WWE Cruiserweight Classic winner. The tournament was filmed at Full Sail University, Florida from June 20–24, and was broadcast on the WWE Network from July 13. It ran for ten episodes, with the finale being broadcast on September 14.

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2016)[edit]

Following the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day were drafted to Raw, leaving SmackDown without a tag team championship. Over the course of the following month, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan stated that he wanted to build up the tag team division before introducing a championship. Immediately following SummerSlam on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, Bryan and SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon unveiled the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship and announced a tournament, which will culminate in a tag team match at Backlash to determine the inaugural champions.[38][39][40] The tournament and the titles were won by Heath Slater and Rhyno after they defeated The Usos at Backlash.

WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2017)[edit]

The United Kingdom Championship Tournament was a professional wrestling tournament produced by WWE, that aired exclusively on the WWE Network. The first round took place on January 14, 2017, while the finals occurred on January 15, 2017. The tournament was held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, England and crowned the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion.[41]

WWE United States Championship Tournament (2017–2018)[edit]

At Clash of Champions 2017, Dolph Ziggler won the United States Championship by defeating defending champion Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode in a triple threat match.[42] On the following episode of SmackDown Live, after recapping all of his previous accolades, Ziggler said that the WWE Universe did not deserve him and he dropped the title in the ring and left.[43] After unsuccessful attempts at contacting Ziggler, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan declared the title vacant and announced a tournament to crown a new champion.[44] The final was originally scheduled to occur at the 2018 Royal Rumble, but was moved up to the January 23 episode of SmackDown Live. However, on the January 16 episode, after Jinder Mahal and Bobby Roode won their respective semifinals matches, Roode challenged Mahal to have the final that night and Bryan scheduled it for that episode's main event.[45]

First round
SmackDown Live
(12/26/17,[44] 1/2/18,[46] 1/9/18[47])
Semifinals
SmackDown Live
(1/16/18[45])
Final
SmackDown Live
(1/16/18[45])
         
Bobby Roode Pin
Baron Corbin 10:44
Bobby Roode Pin
Mojo Rawley 3:05
Zack Ryder 4:34
Mojo Rawley Pin
Bobby Roode Pin
Jinder Mahal 5:32
Tye Dillinger 8:41
Jinder Mahal Pin
Jinder Mahal Pin
Xavier Woods 3:05
Xavier Woods Pin
Aiden English 5:25

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament (2018)[edit]

At the 2018 Royal Rumble, Enzo Amore was scheduled to defend the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander.[48] However, after Amore was suspended from WWE on January 22 due to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault, the match was cancelled. The following day, Amore was released and the title was vacated.[49][50] It was then announced that a general manager would be appointed for 205 Live and would address the championship; 205 Live was previously controlled by the Raw General Manager, as 205 Live is part of the Raw brand. On the January 30 episode of 205 Live, Drake Maverick (formerly known as Rockstar Spud in Impact Wrestling) was appointed as the 205 Live General Manager. Maverick announced that there would be a 16-man single elimination tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, with the finals to occur during the pre-show for WrestleMania 34.[51]

WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational[edit]

As part of WrestleMania Axxess, the winner of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Invitational received a championship match against WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne on the morning of April 8, 2018.[52]

First Round
April 5/April 6
Semifinals
April 7
Final
April 7
         
Lio Rush Win
Buddy Murphy 4/6
Lio Rush Win
Lince Dorado
Lince Dorado Win
Raul Mendoza 4/7
Lio Rush Win
Drew Gulak
Dan Matha 4/6
Drew Gulak Win
Drew Gulak Win
Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews Win
Zack Gibson 4/7

NXT North American Championship Invitational[edit]

As part of WrestleMania Axxess, the winner of the NXT North American Championship Invitational received an NXT North American Championship match on the morning of April 8, 2018. The defending champion, Adam Cole, was determined the night before at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.[52]

First Round
April 5/April 6
Semifinals
April 7
Final
April 7
         
Fabian Aichner Win
Jason Kincaid 4/6
Fabian Aichner
Akira Tozawa Win
Akira Tozawa Win
Kona Reeves 4/6
Akira Tozawa Win
Chris Dijak
Chris Dijak Win
Ariya Daivari 4/7
Chris Dijak Win
Hideo Itami
Hideo Itami Win
Wolfgang 4/7

NXT Tag Team Championship Invitational[edit]

As part of WrestleMania Axxess, the winner of the NXT Tag Team Championship Invitational received an NXT Tag Team Championship match on the morning of April 8, 2018. The defending champions, The Undisputed Era, were determined the night before at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.[52]

First Round
April 5/April 6
Semifinals
April 7
Final
April 7
         
Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) Win
Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss 4/6
Moustache Mountain Win
The Street Profits
The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) Win
Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude 4/6
Moustache Mountain Win
TM61
Sanity (Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young) 4/7
The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler) Win
The Forgotten Sons
TM61 Win
TM61 (Nick Miller and Shane Thorne) Win
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch 4/7

NXT Women's Championship Invitational[edit]

As part of WrestleMania Axxess, the winner of the NXT Women's Championship Invitational received an NXT Women's Championship match on the morning of April 8, 2018. The defending champion, Shayna Baszler, was determined the night before at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans.[52]

First Round
April 6/April 7
Semifinals
April 7
Final
April 7
         
Nikki Cross Win
Aliyah 4/6
Nikki Cross
Dakota Kai Win
Dakota Kai Win
Lacey Evans 4/7
Dakota Kai Win
Peyton Royce
Kairi Sane Win
Bianca Belair 4/6
Kairi Sane
Peyton Royce Win
Peyton Royce Win
Candice LeRae 4/7

Tag Team Eliminator[edit]

At WrestleMania 34, Cesaro and Sheamus defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against Braun Strowman and a partner of his choosing. At the event, Strowman picked 10-year old Nicholas from the live audience, and the two won the titles. The following night on Raw, Strowman and Nicholas relinquished the titles due to Nicholas' schedule as a fourth grader. Cesaro and Sheamus wanted their titles back and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle decided that they could regain them in a match at Greatest Royal Rumble and their opponents would be determined by a four-team tournament, which he called the Tag Team Eliminator.[53]

WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament (2018)[edit]

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tournament (2018)[edit]

NXT UK Women's Championship Tournament (2018)[edit]

WWE World Cup[edit]

The WWE World Cup was a tournament that took place on November 2, 2018 at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Four participants came from Raw and four participants came from SmackDown.[54] In the tournament finals, Shane McMahon defeated Dolph Ziggler to be crowned "Best In The World".[55]

King of the Ring[edit]

King of the Ring was a professional wrestling single-elimination tournament held by WWE. The tournament was held annually from 1985 to 2002, with the exception of 1990 and 1992, and from 1993 to 2002 the tournament was produced as a pay-per-view event.

Dates and venues of finals[edit]

Event Date City Venue Winner
King of the Ring (1985) July 8, 1985 Foxborough, Massachusetts Sullivan Stadium Don Muraco
King of the Ring (1986) July 14, 1986 Harley Race
King of the Ring (1987) September 4, 1987 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Randy Savage
King of the Ring (1988) October 16, 1988 Ted DiBiase
King of the Ring (1989) October 14, 1989 Tito Santana
King of the Ring (1991) September 7, 1991 Bret Hart
King of the Ring (1993) June 13, 1993 Dayton, Ohio Nutter Center
King of the Ring (1994) June 19, 1994 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Owen Hart
King of the Ring (1995) June 25, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum Mabel
King of the Ring (1996) June 23, 1996 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena Stone Cold Steve Austin
King of the Ring (1997) June 8, 1997 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Triple H
King of the Ring (1998) June 28, 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Civic Arena Ken Shamrock
King of the Ring (1999) June 27, 1999 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Billy Gunn
King of the Ring (2000) June 25, 2000 Boston, Massachusetts Fleet Center Kurt Angle
King of the Ring (2001) June 24, 2001 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena Edge
King of the Ring (2002) June 23, 2002 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena Brock Lesnar
King of the Ring (2006) May 21, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena Booker T
King of the Ring (2008) April 21, 2008 Greenville, South Carolina BI-LO Center William Regal
King of the Ring (2010) November 29, 2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center Sheamus
King of the Ring (2015) April 28, 2015 Moline, Illinois iWireless Center Bad News Barrett

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic[edit]

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is an annual tag team tournament featured on the NXT brand and is named after WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, who died in 2015.

Dates and venues of finals[edit]

Year Event Date City Venue Winner
2015 NXT TakeOver: Respect October 7, 2015 Winter Park, Florida Full Sail University Samoa Joe and Finn Bálor
2016 NXT TakeOver: Toronto November 19, 2016 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar)
2018 NXT TakeOver: New Orleans April 7, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana Smoothie King Center The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly)

Mae Young Classic[edit]

The Mae Young Classic is a professional wrestling women’s tournament produced by WWE, an American–based promotion. The name of the event is in honor of the late WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young.

Dates and venues[edit]

Event Date City Venue Tournament finale
Mae Young Classic (2017) July 13, 2017 Winter Park, Florida Full Sail University Kairi Sane defeated Shayna Baszler[56]
July 14, 2017
September 27, 2017 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
Mae Young Classic (2018) August 8, 2018 Winter Park, Florida Full Sail University Toni Storm defeated Io Shirai
August 9, 2018
October 28, 2018 Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Mixed Match Challenge[edit]

Season Date won Winner Runner up
Season 1 April 3, 2018 The Miz and Asuka Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair
Season 2 December 16, 2018 TBD TBD

See also[edit]

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