This week’s episode of WWE Smackdown opened with AJ Styles hosting his official Championship Celebration to celebrate his victory over Daniel Bryan in the final of the Intercontinental Championship tournament last Friday.
As requested by Styles, Daniel Bryan obliged in strapping the title around The Phenomenal One’s waist.
When asking for competition, Styles was interrupted by a debuting match Matt Riddle. It must be noted that this episode was taped before allegations regarding Riddle’s private life were made this week.
After Riddle beat Styles in a non-title match it was announced that Styles will defend his title for the first time next week against Drew Gulak.
Like Riddle, Gulak also defeated Styles two weeks ago, before he won the title, thus providing storyline justification for his position as number one contender.