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King of Elite is a professional wrestling single-elimination tournament held by Elite Answers Wrestling. The tournament is held annually throughout the month of January and the finals are hosted at its namesake free-per-view. The only full tournament hosted at the FPV itself was the very first King of Elite Tournament in 2008.

History

The King of Elite Tournament is a single elimination tournament that began as a two-night tournament to crown a "King of EAW," the winner receiving a literal crown as a reward for their victory. During the era of Extreme, the matches were Extreme Rules singles matches until only two competitors remained. The two remaining competitors had then competed in a TLC Match. Since then, however, the King of Elite finals have taken on other formats. The modern King of Elite Tournament allows for one finalist from each brand (Showdown, Dynasty, Voltage, and previously Empire) to compete against one another in the finals after winning the tournament held on their respective brand. This has resulted in finals matches with match stipulations such as Fatal-4-Ways or triple threats.

Once a competitor has won the crown, they were given the title of the "King of Extreme" (under Extreme Answers Wrestling), or more recently the "King of Elite" (under Elite Answers Wrestling). The winner is also able to cash-in their crown for a world championship opportunity of their choosing. Unlike the Iconic Cup, 24/7 Contract, or Cash in the Vault Briefcase, the holder of the King of Elite crown is required to announce when they will cash-in their opportunity against the champion.

Only twice in history has the crown changed hands after the King of Elite tournament: MaK became King of Extreme after taking the crown from Knocka, and Captain Charisma became King of Extreme after taking the crown from Power. Every winner of the tournament is allowed to also don the use of a "king gimmick". MaK gave himself the title of "King MaK" when we won the crown from Knocka. Others would follow suit with the use of the "king gimmick" with Robbie V ("King Robbie V"), Power ("King Power"), Captain Charisma ("King Charisma"), Dark Demon ("King Demon"), Liam Catterson ("King Catterson"), and Lannister ("King Lannister"). Only one person has used the "king gimmick", but not used the title of king. Robbie V when winning the King of Extreme crown for an unprecedented second time chose to be named Mikado Sekaiichi.

King of Extreme/Elite event dates and venues

Event Date City Venue Winner
King of Extreme (2008) October 25th and 26th, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada Caesar's Palace Knocka1
King of Extreme (2010) January 30th, 2010 Beijing, China Beijing National Stadium Robbie V
King of Extreme (2011) January 29th, 2011 N/A N/A Power2
King of Extreme (2012) January 28th, 2012 Dublin, Ireland The O2 Arena Dark Demon
King of Extreme (2013) January 26th, 2013 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum Liam Catterson
King of Extreme (2014) January 25th, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada Caesar's Palace Mikado Sekaiichi
King of Elite (2015) January 24th, 2015 Athens, Greece O.A.K.A. Stadium Lannister
King of Elite (2016) January 30th, 2016 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Eclipse Diemos
King of Elite (2017) January 28th, 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena Tiberius Jones/IV
King of Elite (2018) January 6th, 2018 Marseilles, France Stade Velodrome Theron Nikolas
King of Elite (2019) February 2, 2019 Johannesburg, South Africa FNB Stadium Malcolm Jones
King of Elite (2020) February 8, 2020 Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico Visual Prophet
King of Elite (2021) February 14, 2021 Tampa, Florida Raymond James Stadium Kassidy Heart3

1Knocka lost his crown to MaK. 2Power lost his crown to Captain Charisma.3Kassidy Heart is the first female Elitist to win a King of Elite tournament.

King of Extreme/Elite Cash-in Matches

Winner Champion Faced Event Used Result
Knocka N/A N/A Lost Crown to MaK
MaK StarrStan Grand Rampage II Won EAW World Championship
Robbie V Cyclone (Cy Henderson) EAW Draft Show Failed to win EAW World Championship
Power N/A N/A Lost Crown to Captain Charisma
Captain Charisma Mr. Insult Road to Redemption Won EAW World Heavyweight Championship
Dark Demon Ashten Cross Showdown Won EAW World Heavyweight Championship
Liam Catterson Y2Impact Dynasty Won EAW Answers World Championship
Mikado Sekaiichi Tyler Parker Reasonable Doubt (2014) Won EAW World Heavyweight Championship
Lannister Jamie O'Hara King of Elite (2016) Won EAW World Championship
Eclipse Diemos Lucian Black Territorial Invasion (2016) Failed to win EAW World Heavyweight Championship
Tiberius Jones Drastik EAW Pain For Pride X Won EAW Championship
Theron Nikolas Darkane Operation: Doomsday (2018) Won EAW Answers World Championship
Malcolm Jones Ahren Fournier Grand Rampage (2019) Won EAW Championship
Visual Prophet Drake King Pain for Pride 13 Won EAW World Heavyweight Championship
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2017
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2018
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2017
Culture Crisis
2018
Defiance
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