This week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown kicked off with a Fatal 5-Way match to determine who would challenge GUNTHER for the Intercontinental championship at WrestleMania 39 on Sat., April 1 or Sun., April 2, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Except it didn’t actually determine that.
Instead, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus scored a pinfall of Xavier Woods and LA Knight at the exact same time, leading the two buddies to bicker back-and-forth about who the rightful winner was. The referees also argued about it, and eventually it went to Adam Pearce to make a decision.
GUNTHER complained about wanting a singular challenger, and Pearce decided he agreed with that. So they set up a singles match for next week: McIntyre vs. Sheamus, the winner gets GUNTHER at the biggest show of the year.
This is a good way to go, considering it means having to win multiple matches to become top contender instead of just one. But we’ll see if this sticks.
Anyway, here are all the videos from SmackDown this week: