Sami Zayn has vacated the Intercontinental title and a new champion will be determined in a tournament starting this week on SmackDown.
The Intercontinental title news was was first reported during tonight’s episode of WWE Backstage on FS1. The brackets for the tournament have yet to be revealed, but the tournament will begin Friday night on FOX.
Zayn won the Intercontinental Championship in March at Elimination Chamber in a 3-on-1 handicap match. He then defended the title successfully at WrestleMania 36 against Daniel Bryan, but has not been on WWE TV since.
The only reason given for his absence from television is that Sami is “unable to compete.”
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