— WWE has announced that Sami Zayn will defend the Intercontinental Title against Big E on Friday’s Christmas Day edition of SmackDown on FOX, which will be taped this Tuesday.
Big E and Sami have been feuding for several weeks and Sami defeated Big E by count out on the December 11 SmackDown. Last Friday’s SmackDown saw Big E crash the first-ever Sami Awards, attacking Sami to end the segment.
Tonight’s WWE TLC Kickoff pre-show saw Big E pin Sami in the eight-man match that saw Big E, Daniel Bryan, Otis and Chad Gable defeat Sami, Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and King Baron Corbin. Sami and Big E were later featured in backstage segments where Sami accused Big E of leaking the audio that Kayla Braxton revealed over the weekend, where fans heard Sami yelling at a staffer in a spoof of the recent leaked Tom Cruise audio. Sami insulted Big E until Big E warned him that he will be seeing him very soon. WWE then announced the title match for SmackDown.
2021 WWE Royal Rumble Date
— WWE has officially announced their next pay-per-view, WWE Royal Rumble, for January 31, 2021.
January’s ‘big four’ event was announced via a brief advertisement during tonight’s WWE TLC. The promo showcased numerous WWE superstars, along with the tagline “New Year, New Opportunities, Same Dream.“
The announcement did not advertise a location for the event, but barring any unforeseen changes, the Rumble is expected to take place inside the WWE ThunderDome at its new location of Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida.
There is still no word on whether fans will be allowed to attend the event in person. As of October, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has given clearance to all Florida stadiums to operate at full capacity. That means that final decisions are left up to the businesses themselves, and they do not need clearance by the state.
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