WWE announced today during Backstage that since Sami Zayn is unable to compete at the moment that the Intercontinental Championship has been vacated. They then announced that a tournament will begin this Friday in order to determine a new champion. The bracket for the tournament will also be revealed on Friday as well.
You can view the announcement in the tweet below from the WWE on Fox Twitter account.
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
S.A.M.’s Spiel: Sami has decided to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it was fairly predictable this scenario would happen. It does suck that Sami’s first title reign on the main roster is cut short like this. It will be interesting to see who will be in the tournament and how many superstars will be involved. I would venture to guess that the favorites for the tournament are Jeff Hardy and Sheamus but maybe someone else will be a surprise in it.