The tournament to decree the new Intercontinental champion in WWE, after the departure of the previous champion Sami Zayn, who had voluntarily left several weeks ago due to the situation of the pandemic that was also gripping the USA, finally arrived at his conclusion, with the final that aired just a few hours ago, on Friday Night Smackdown TV screens in the night and which finally saw a winner and therefore a new secondary champion for the blue show.
After several matches and storylines that crossed over in the tournament, with Jeff Hardy who had even been accused of driving in a drunken state, (once again) and causing a bad accident outside the Performance Center parking lot in Orlando, with the talent WWE Elias who had also been hit by Hardy's vehicle which was driven by Sheamus, who turned out to be the one who actually drove Hardy's car, we finally had a new Intercontinental champion.
Daniel Bryan was defeated by AJ Styles, who in a hard-fought match managed to pin his opponent anyway after a sonorous Phenomenal Forearm from the third string, which allowed him the winning pin on Bryan. With this victory over Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles becomes for the first time in his career, Intercontinental Champion.
AJ Styles beats Daniel Bryan
We remember that the former WWE world champion, in the McMahon federation, so far, had won only two WWE world titles and three US titles. Thus finally closes one of the most chaotic secondary title assignment tournaments in recent years, with several federation Superstars who have been ousted from the tournament, with matches changed in the running and winners at the table to crown a new champion, with the old one Sami Zayn, who as we know well disappeared from circulation at any moment, without letting anyone know anything.
AJ Styles has long been regarded as one of the world's best professional wrestlers. He has headlined numerous pay-per-view events internationally, including the respective premier events of WWE and TNA, WrestleMania and Bound for Glory.
In 2010, he became the first TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked number one on the annual Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) PWI 500 list; after being voted Wrestler of the Year three consecutive times by the magazine between 2016 and 2018 (a feature only accomplished before by Ric Flair from 1984–1986), readers voted him Wrestler of the Decade in 2020.
Styles is also a ten-time Wrestling Observer Newsletter award winner, including Wrestler of the Year in both 2015 and 2016; in 2017, the magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame.