Before reading any further, please be aware that this article contains a spoiler for tonight’s WWE Smackdown.
In particular, the spoilers relate to the Intercontinental Championship defence by AJ Styles, as he takes on Matt Riddle.
Riddle defeated ‘The Phenomenal One’ in his main-roster Smackdown debut, however that match was non-title and many had speculated he wouldn’t win the strap on tonight’s show.
That would seem correct, as Fightful Select are reporting that Styles successfully defends the title, and joins Baron Corbin in beating down ‘The King Of Bros’ after the match.
Fightful has been informed that as of now there aren’t plans for Matt Riddle to become IC Champion. The plan for this week’s show calls for AJ Styles to defeat him and join in with Baron Corbin for a beat down.
Despite not winning the belt, this certainly keeps Riddle’s high-profile status since moving to the Smackdown roster from NXT a month ago, and could set plans in motion for a feud leading to SummerSlam.