Big E. is set to defend the Intercontinental Championship for the first time on the January 8th edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
After an impromptu tag match where Big E. & Apollo Crews defeated Sami Zayn & King Corbin on Friday night’s episode, Big E. announced an open challenge for next week and it was immediately answered by Crews.
Thus far, it is the only match announced for next week’s edition of SmackDown at the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Big E. ended Sami Zayn’s reign as champion on the Christmas edition of the show on December 25th defeating Zayn in a Lumberjack Match. It is the performer’s second time as Intercontinental champion with a previous reign in 2013.