WWE has announced a championship match and a couple more segments for this coming Friday’s (July 3) episode of SmackDown on FOX.
Last week, AJ Styles was to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Drew Gulak. However, Styles didn’t attend the tapings amidst COVID-19 concerns and the match had to be pulled.
It’s now been confirmed that match will be taking place tomorrow instead. WWE.com writes:
AJ Styles put a target on his back when he invited the entire blue brand roster to witness his Intercontinental Championship presentation. The first Superstar to get an opportunity at the title will be the supremely skilled Drew Gulak.
Styles defeated Daniel Bryan in an epic showdown to usher in his first Intercontinental Title reign, but The Phenomenal One’s preoccupation with Bryan has proven costly, as a shift in attention allowed both Gulak and Matt Riddle to seize victories over Styles.
Will Styles remain focused on the task at hand, or can Gulak claim the workhorse title?
Another segment that was pulled from SmackDown last week was the ‘Toast to Jeff Hardy’ with Sheamus. That too is now set for tomorrow:
Sheamus has invited his fellow blue brand Superstars to pop a bottle and join The Celtic Warrior in a toast to the legendary Jeff Hardy.
The “celebration” came in response to Hardy’s impassioned interview two weeks ago where he promised to overcome his latest obstacle. Sheamus defeated Hardy in a heated battle at WWE Backlash and has been overflowing with confidence ever since.
Will The Charismatic Enigma confront The Celtic Warrior over the disrespectful gesture? Or will the toast awaken the demons for Hardy?
Finally, Matt Riddle is set to appear for an “exclusive interview” with Michael Cole after debuting on the brand a couple of weeks ago:
Fresh off of his shocking SmackDown debut and subsequent victory against Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles, what’s next for Matt Riddle?
Michael Cole will join Riddle in the middle of the ring this week for an exclusive interview to determine what the future might hold for Friday night’s newest Superstar.
After making such a big splash in his very first match, where does The Original Bro go from here?
WrestleTalk.com will, as always, have live coverage of SmackDown tomorrow night.