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Just a couple of days away from 2020 Backlash, we will receive the go-home episode of SmackDown for the PPV, tonight. It’s certain that all the final hypes will be brought together during this edition. The headliner will be something non-related to the event, though where AJ Styles battles Daniel Bryan over the Intercontinental Championship.
A contract signing segment will go down to make a Backlash pay-per-view match official where Sheamus and Jeff Hardy will sign the dotted line. Also, a huge six-person tag team match will go down that features the Universal Champion and his challengers on this Sunday Night. These and more should be in-store on SmackDown that airs from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
A few weeks ago, WWE declared the Intercontinental Championship to be vacant as Sami Zayn was in an incompetent state. A tournament went down, as a result, to crown the new champion which reaches the finale, this week on SmackDown. AJ Styles will compete against Daniel Bryan with the winner be called the new Intercontinental Champion.
These two had an illustrious history on SmackDown as they feuded over the WWE Championship. Both of them are pretty determined to capture the mid-card championship and the match will bring a hell of a fight between the two veterans. AJ has the slight upper-hand going into the match as he has just arrived at the blue brand and can solidify his heel status by picking up the vacant belt.
The rivalry between Jeff Hardy and Sheamus has been escalating for a few weeks now in a controversial manner. Last week, Hardy presented enough evidence to prove that is was Sheamus who tried to accuse him to the hit-and-run case. This week, another such controversial segment might be going down on SmackDown as they sign the match contract before locking horns at Backlash.
Last week on SmackDown, The Miz and John Morrison was trying to fool around with the Universal Champion by taunting him, throughout the night. But they get eventually go the payback as Braun Strowman tipped off the entire production truck these two were hiding in. This week, the heel duo may get the hands when they compete in a six-person tag team match where Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and John Morrison team up against Otis, Tucker, and Strowman.
Sonya Deville came up short against Lacey Evans on SmackDown, courtesy of the distraction provided by Mandy Rose. The rivalry between the two former Fire n Desire members that apparently came to an end was thus rekindled. Most probably, this was done to set up a rematch between them at Backlash. More on the story will be available when SmackDown airs with the final episode before the June 14 PPV.