WWE crowns a new IC champ, Smackdown debut announced for next week

Jun 12, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

AJ Styles is your new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

Tonight’s SmackDown on FOX saw AJ defeat Daniel Bryan in the finals of the tournament for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title. After a competitive match, AJ won clean after a Styles Clash and a Phenomenal Forearm.

This is actually AJ’s first Intercontinental Title reign. Sami Zayn previously held the title but he was stripped and the title declared vacant on May 12 after he took time away from the ring over concerns he had with working during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Matt Riddle is set to make his WWE SmackDown debut during next Friday’s post-Backlash episode on FOX.

WWE aired a new “coming soon” vignette for Riddle on tonight’s show and confirmed that he will officially arrive on the blue brand next week. There’s no word yet on who Riddle will be wrestling, but SmackDown is set to be taped on Monday.

Riddle finished up his WWE NXT run on the May 27 episode with a Cage Fight loss to Timothy Thatcher. WWE announced that same week that Riddle was coming to the blue brand, releasing a promo video with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle introducing the former NXT Tag Team Champion as the new face of WWE.

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