WWE announced a World Cup tournament to determine the next challenger to Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship last week on SmackDown. The tournament will continue next week on the blue brand.

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For next week’s SmackDown, WWE booked Sami Zayn versus Butch of The Brawling Brutes. Ricochet will take on Mustafa Ali in another World Cup qualifier as well. Braun Strowman and Santos Escobar made it to the next round earlier during the night.

Plus, Shotzi Blackheart will take on Shayna Baszler. The match was booked after The Queen of Spades attacked Shotzi during a backstage segment. Shotzi is set to challenge Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Survivor Series WarGames.


The November 18, 2022, edition of SmackDown emanates from the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Check out the card announced (so far) for the show here:

  • Sami Zayn vs. Butch – World Cup First Round
  • Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet – World Cup First Round
  • Shotzi Blackheart vs. Shayna Baszler

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