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WWE SmackDown: Roman Reigns gets Intercontinental title shot
Shinsuke Nakamura to defend championship live on Sky Sports at 1am
Last Updated: 19/10/19 10:46am
Roman Reigns bids to kick off the post-draft SmackDown era with a bang as he faces Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental title tonight.
The match has its origins in a Twitter argument which was started by Nakamura's sergeant-at-arms and ringside agitator, Sami Zayn.
Zayn congratulated SmackDown for selecting himself and the Japanese star as a 'two for one' but described the blue brand's decision to bring in Reigns as their number one pick as 'unreal'.
Reigns took the bait and immediately challenged Nakamura for his title and that contest will be the opening bout on tonight's episode, live on Sky Sports Arena at 1am.
Can The King of Strong Style continue cashing the cheques that Zayn's mouth writes? Or will Reigns end Nakamura's reign and begin his own championship run to kick off the new era of SmackDown?
Women fight for right to fight Bayley
Six representatives of SmackDown's women's division will compete for the right to challenge new champion and red-hot villain Bayley for the championship gold.
Carmella, Nikki Cross, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Lacey Evans and Dana Brooke will contest a six-pack challenge tonight with the SmackDown women's champion awaiting the winner.
Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks are the only members of the female division not involved and both could have a say from the sidelines as the Friday night crew lines up a new challenger for their champion, who was the talk of the wrestling world last week following her turn to the dark side.
Is this the end of the Firefly Fun House?
Seth Rollins lived up to his catchphrase on Raw this week by literally burning down the Firefly Fun House after administering a hefty beating to its resident, Bray Wyatt.
But it should be noted that Rollins' war is with The Fiend, a character who is increasingly being established as separate from Wyatt, whose own presentation is that of a benign children's television presenter.
Wyatt was drafted to SmackDown last week and could now issue some kind of response to Rollins, especially with The Fiend due to meet the Universal champion in a 'falls count anywhere' match at Crown Jewel later this month.