The last set of first-round matches of King of the Ring tournament took place, last night where we got the quarterfinal lineups. In the first such match on Smackdown, Ali faced off Buddy Murphy who was in control delivering a kick and a powerbomb from the top. He followed up with a Kick and Brainbuster but Ali still managed to kick out. Ali ended up hitting a huge tornado DDT while Murphy is on the apron to make the comeback. He landed the 450-splash successfully to pick up the win.
In the second King of the Ring tournament match on Smackdown, two former tag team partners collided against each other. Shelton Benjamin took on Chad Gable to dominate the match for the most part. Gable launched Benjamin with a big German suplex but Benjamin immediately came back with a big clothesline. Benjamin had the Ankle Lock in who also slammed Gabe into the barricade. Soon Gable went for a Moonsault attempt and caught Benjamin with a roll-up to get the victory.
The first-round of King of the Ring tournament has been very much unpredictable in terms of the match outcomes for the past couple of weeks. Whereas Andrade advanced to the quarter-finals, last week, Kevin Owens failed to do so. Being a former Universal Champion, he was one of the most favorites to win the tournament. But he had to out over, Elias instead.
The shocking outcomes continue even on this week’s Raw where we witnessed big upsets. Drew McIntyre was the most favorite to win King of the Ring who said goodbye to the tournament thanks to a 630-splash from Ricochet. If that was not enough, the veteran Grand Slam Champion, The Miz also suffered elimination from the first round. Baron Corbin picked up a clean win against him claiming to become King Corbin.
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As seen on last night’s Smackdown, the first round of King of the Ring came to an end after Ali and Gable picked up the victories. With this, the quarterfinal matchups are now set. Ali will now face Elias in a quarterfinals match on next week’s Smackdown, alongside Chad Gable vs. Andrade. Plus, next Monday’s Raw will feature Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander vs. Baron Corbin in quarterfinals matches.