WWE Smackdown: WWE announces that Big E will defend his Intercontinental Championship tonight against Sami Zayn & Apollo Crews

WWE SmackDown: The Intercontinental title will be on the line in a triple threat match on tonight’s Royal Rumble fallout edition of SmackDown.

WWE has announced that Intercontinental Champion Big E will defend his title against Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn in a triple threat match on SmackDown tonight. Big E and Crews faced off in an Intercontinental title match on SmackDown two weeks ago, but it ended in a disqualification when Zayn interfered. Zayn laid out Crews and Big E with Helluva Kicks.

Big E won the Intercontinental title by defeating Zayn in a lumberjack match on the Christmas Day episode of SmackDown. Crews was a lumberjack for that match and helped stop Zayn from walking out during it. Big E defended the Intercontinental title against Crews on the January 8 episode of SmackDown. After originally ending in a double pin following a superplex from Crews, the match was restarted and Big E defeated Crews to retain.

There was a backstage segment on SmackDown three weeks ago where Crews got advice from Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Crews defeated Zayn later that night by holding onto Zayn’s tights for leverage right after the referee had stopped Zayn from doing the same thing to Crews. Crews then confronted Big E and grabbed the Intercontinental title belt before throwing it back to him.

Zayn is involved in a storyline where he’s claiming there’s a conspiracy against him in WWE.

Dominik Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin has also been announced for tonight’s SmackDown. The show will feature appearances by Royal Rumble winners Edge and Bianca Belair.


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