It was rumored that Sami Zayn will have to give up his Intercontinental Championship if he doesn’t show up to SmackDown tapings. Zayn didn’t make WWE tapings, which led to WWE striping him of the title.
“@SamiZayn is unable to compete and defend the Intercontinental Championship, therefore @WWE has declared the title vacant. A tournament to crown a new Champion will begin on Friday Night Smackdown on FOX.”
Sami Zayn has reacted to being stripped of the title.
“I disagree with this decision and no matter what anyone says, I am still undefeated and therefore still the Intercontinental Champion. -SZ”