Last night on Smackdown, WWE took a measure to bring the Intercontinental Championship back to life. For months it has been practically dormant, with Drew McIntyre (and the writing / match booking / creative team) treating it like an after-thought.

In the early parts of Smackdown, Matt Hardy and Drew McIntyre had a verbal showdown in which Drew McIntyre proclaimed himself to be “untouchable” as Vince McMahon’s “chosen one” to be the future of WWE.  The two ended up in a brawl which saw several referees get hurt as collateral damage as they attempted to split the two up.  Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long showed up and told Drew McIntyre (clearly the aggressor at that point) to stop attacking Matt Hardy, but the Intercontinental Champion would not relent.  Teddy Long then stripped McIntyre of the Intercontinental Championship, which sent McIntyre further into a rage.  As he attacked Matt Hardy further, Drew McIntyre was then “fired” by Teddy Long, who said he wanted McIntyre off of Smackdown.  Drew would leave the building, escorted out by security.

Teddy Long then started a four-man tournament to start that very night, the winner of which would win the newly vacated Intercontinental Championship.  The two matches he setup were Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston, and Christian vs Cody Rhodes.

Kofi Kingston was able to defeat Dolph Ziggler, advancing to the finals where he will face the other semi-finals winner Christian for the belt next week.

I don’t know how long it will last, but the Intercontinental Championship was treated as a thing to value last night, and it will at least continue as such going into the tournament finals on next week’s show.

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