Last night on WWE Backstage it It was announced that Sami Zayn had been stripped of the Intercontinental Title. The WWE is set to conduct a tournament during SmackDown on Friday to find a new Intercontinental champion.
As previously noted, Zayn reportedly made the decision to stop attending WWE television tapings during the COVID-19 pandemic since the company gave talents an option to stay home. Zayn tweeted out the following on Tuesday prior to the announcement being made:
Hope everyone is doing okay.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) May 12, 2020
BREAKING NEWS:@SamiZayn is unable to compete and defend the Intercontinental Championship, therefore @WWE has declared the title vacant. A tournament to crown a new Champion will begin on Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. pic.twitter.com/5qZgUyL9rC
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 13, 2020
At the time of publication we don’t know who the participants of the Intercontinental Cahmpionship Tournament will be. We also don’t know if Zayn is feeling any heat from the company regarding his decision to stay at home. Once we know more, we’ll keep you posted.