28th May2024

‘WWE: King & Queen of the Ring 2024’ PPV Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of the 2024 King and Queen of the Ring pay-per-view. Technically this was the 12th King of the Ring event, but the FIRST combined King and Queen of the Ring; which took place on Saturday, May 25th, at the Jeddah Super Dome in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Match #1: WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship – Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill def. Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

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WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill needed everything in their arsenals to walk out as champions during a spirited title bout with Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell. LeRae and Hartwell isolated and hobbled Belair, ruthlessly targeting the injury The EST suffered at the hands of The Poison Pixie a few weeks ago. Unfortunately for LeRae and Hartwell, a Storm was coming. Belair tagged in Cargill, and her unbelievable strength and athleticism more than evened the odds. Moments later, she and Belair hit a remarkable DDT into a wheelbarrow suplex to remain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Women’s World Championship – Liv Morgan def. Becky Lynch

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Liv Morgan was ruthless in her initial approach, slapping the champion, tossing her across the ring, and wrenching her joints before several pinfall attempts. The Man weathered the storm and matched Morgan’s intensity, launching an all-out assault that was punctuated by both Superstars hitting a missile dropkick and nearly winning the bout. Lynch countered Morgan’s attempt at Oblivion, but it didn’t deter the challenger as she persevered through the adversity, countering a Dis-arm-her into a Rings of Saturn submission attempt. The champion reapplied the Dis-arm-her, but out of nowhere, “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio appeared to try to ensure that Morgan would lose. However, Mysterio accidentally distracted Lynch long enough for Morgan to hit a codebreaker. When the official had her back turned, Mysterio introduced a steel chair, only for Morgan to DDT the champion onto it. Morgan swiftly followed up by hitting Oblivion to become the Women’s World Champion, much to the dismay of “Dirty” Dom and surely Rhea Ripley as well.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match – Sami Zayn def. Chad Gable and Bronson Reed

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Sami Zayn endured his greatest test as Intercontinental Champion, and it took a herculean effort in front of a raucous crowd to retain his title. Thanks to his humongous size advantage, “Big” Bronson Reed took control early, but Chad Gable fought back because of his burning desire to win his first singles title in WWE. Zayn showed why he’s the champion as he hit a major tope con hilo onto both of his opponents before landing a ring-shaking sunset flip powerbomb on the giant Australian. Reed went for broke and attempted a top-rope moonsault, but Gable countered before scaling the ropes and hitting one of his own, only for Zayn to break up the ensuing pinfall at the last second. Gable caught Reed in an Ankle Lock, but Zayn locked in one of his own on the former Olympian and promptly hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on Reed. The chaos continued as Gable hit a double German suplex, but he became frustrated at his teammate Otis when he wouldn’t follow instructions to deck Zayn. When Otis finally did listen, Zayn ducked the clothesline, and Otis hit Gable instead. That opening allowed Zayn to roll back into the ring and nail Reed with a Helluva Kick to retain his title and send the crowd into a frenzy.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #4: Queen of the Ring Final – Nia Jax def. Lyra Valkyria

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The Finals of the Queen of the Ring Tournament saw SmackDown’s Nia Jax take on Raw’s Lyra Valkyria in a classic matchup. The Irresistible Force looked dominant as she tortured Valkyria, tossing her around the ring all with a demented smile on her face. Valkyria showed immense heart, countering the Annihilator and dropping Jax with well-placed strikes and a tornado DDT. The newcomer challenged another attempt at an Annihilator, sending her opponent into the turnbuckle before hitting a double stomp and a leg drop to the back of Jax’s neck. Jax fought back and set up Valkyria on the top turnbuckle, but Valkyria slithered out of it. Moments later, however, Valkyria’s attempt at a sunset flip powerbomb was thwarted by Jax, who countered it into a ferocious Annihilator to become Queen of the Ring.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #5: King of the Ring Final – Gunther def. Randy Orton

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The Finals of the King of the Ring Tournament turned into an all-out war as Randy Orton and Gunther brutalized each other in front of an electric WWE Universe. The Viper showed no fear against The Ring General and absorbed every major attack Gunther threw at him while looking for an opening to deliver an RKO. Gunther countered an early RKO attempt and promptly abused Orton, delivering clubbing blows to the neck, back and chest. A fired-up Orton battled back and hit his signature draping DDT, but his knee gave out on his powerslam. Gunther landed an epic splash, and The Viper struck back with an RKO after countering the second one, but he was too hurt to follow it up with a pin. Orton dropped Gunther onto the announce table with a pair of side slams, and after taking more damage, he hit another RKO. A clearly hurt Orton took just one second to grab at his knee, and Gunther capitalized as he rolled up Orton to win the match and become King of the Ring.

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

Match #6: Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes def. United States Champion Logan Paul

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It was champion vs. champion in the main event, and it took everything from Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul to determine who was the better man. Paul showed off his boxing skills and the titanium plate in his hand before targeting The American Nightmare’s midsection with several slams and an octopus stretch. One of Paul’s associates distracted Rhodes and the official, allowing another friend to slip brass knuckles to the challenger, which he used on the champion’s already injured midsection. After berating Michael Cole on commentary, Paul was hit by an incredible diving splash that gave Rhodes the momentum. The Maverick fought back and went for a Pedigree on the announce table, but Rhodes countered it into a thrilling Cody Cutter on the table. The American Nightmare did not want to win by count-out, so he cleared an announce table, only to be laid out by Paul’s signature right hand. Paul scaled the top rope, downed a bottle of Prime and hit an epic Frog Splash through the table. With the official down, Paul went for his brass knuckles one final time but was thwarted by special guest ring announcer Ibrahim Al Hajjaj, who pulled Paul’s leg from ringside. Seconds later, Paul walked right into three match-ending Cross Rhodes.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Putting aside the whole “Saudi” money issues and the fact the WWE constantly promote their appearances there as a sign that the UAE is becoming more progressive; this PPV/PLE was a decent culmination of the tournament that came before it – especially the last two matches of the night, both of which delivered on the promises made in the run-up to the show. Shame the Queen of the Ring final was a total letdown…


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