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John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura number one contender match set for SmackDown Live next week

Well, how about this?

Jinder Mahal showed up on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live demanding to know who he would be defending his WWE championship against at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Naturally, John Cena showed up.

He went through the usual “I respect you but I’m going to beat you because I’m me and you’re you and that’s how this kind of thing goes around here” routine before announcing he would be the match and that seemed to be that.

Except it wasn’t.

That’s because SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan showed up to say opportunities are earned on the blue brand, not given, so Cena would have to wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura — who defeated Baron Corbin earlier in the night — on next week’s episode of SmackDown. The winner gets a WWE title match at SummerSlam.

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