By: Patrick Ketza
Every year, Chikara Pro Wrestling has one of the biggest tournaments in pro wrestling, with their King of Trios tournament. 24 groups of 3 people from around the world battle for the right to be the champion. It’s one of the most prestigious tournaments in US Indie wrestling, alongside the Battle of Los Angeles, and lately, the Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament. But, given the current landscape of pro wrestling, and one company, in particular, could the idea be moved to the biggest fish in the pond?
Lately, the WWE has been weird. Like, really weird. Ever since the somewhat letdown that was WWE No Mercy, and the clusterf^%k that led to major changes at WWE TLC, the build to Survivor Series has been interesting. In the last couple of weeks, the entire Survivor Series card has been tossed around, leading to a massively stacked card for the #4 PPV of the year. Add to that the knowledge that WWE will use WAR GAMES for the first time in company history, WWE is in an interesting spot.
Gone are the days that WWE won’t use an idea that isn’t theirs. You never got War Games. Instead, you’ll get Elimination Chamber and you’ll like it. You want Russo back? You get a guitar on a pole and you’ll like it. But now, WCW is seeping into the cracks, and so are the indies with the WWE’s constant building of their massive roster.
This leaves the idea of one huge thing… Could the WWE actually pull off their own version of the King of Trios? Obviously, yes, this is a Chikara idea, no doubt. I’m not taking their idea away from them at all, it’s theirs. But, given the landscape of the WWE over the past 6-8 months, is it so out there to think this is possible? Given the shape of the roster since Summerslam, especially, but even before it, the WWE has been grouping their wrestlers into groups of 3 and 4 that leaves this idea open to some.
New Day, Shield, Sanity, Undisputed Era, Miztourage, British Strong Style, Titus Worldwide, Jinder and Singh Bros., some sort of Balor Club, Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong (just go with it, I know what’ll happen on Saturday), this is just a chunk of the groups you could put into a single elimination tournament over 2 or 3 nights. The question becomes just how many teams do you use?
If you do 16, how do you split them? If you do 12, which teams get a bye? The reason Chikara is able to pull off 24 is because of their ability to work with multiple companies who send a team, and then they have 3 nights. And even with that, teams will have to wrestle multiple times on the final day of the tournament, no matter what. WWE would obviously not be as willing to do something like this and would have to stay within their umbrella. Sure, they could get an extra Progress team outside of BSS, and get a team from ICW, but there are not many more people they’d talk to, unless they allowed a women’s team, for some odd reason (then they can talk to Shimmer, or get Trifecta as a team)
Obviously, this is super unlikely that it will happen. It’d be a strange idea to them, plus would require they use all 3 brands, plus outside companies. It’s a total unknown to the WWE. But, it’s not an impossible idea. Plus hey, if it leads Shield vs. Wyatts again, or Shield vs. New Day again (if the first one is good), then why not take the chance?