Saturday 25 June 2022

Gunther retains Intercontinental Championship on WWE SmackDown


After losing the Intercontinental Champion to WWE SmackDown's latest powerhouse Gunther, Ricochet was ready to recover his title on  SmackDown in an Intercontinental Championship rematch. Gunther was as confident as ever, however Ricochet came out swinging with quick attacks that sought to put Gunther off balance.

Gunther would eventually turn the tables and his outstanding power was too much for Ricochet, cutting off a number of comeback efforts before they could fully get going. Ultimately, Gunther was able to pin Ricochet and get the win, continuing his SmackDown Championship reign, and we'll have to wait and see what's next for the Ring General.

At the start of the match, Ricochet hit first with a dropkick and followed it up with punches and strikes to the head. Gunther caught a kick and slammed him down to the mat, and after that a big boot to the head followed. Stomps came next and after that Gunther hit an uppercut, however Ricochet returned with punches. That return effort was thwarted by Gunther sitting on Ricochet's back, and after that more punches followed. Ricochet leaped off the ropes and then arrived at his feet and he hit a stand-up enziguri.

A running knee followed however a clothesline from Gunther knocked him flat. More uppercuts linked in the corner and after that Gunther struck a German. Suplex. Gunther then hit a running drop-kick that sent out Ricochet flying, and he struck the powerbomb later and covered for the pin and the win. Gunther is still your Intercontinental Champion.

It stays to be seen what is next for Ricochet and Gunther. Gunther will likely have a new challenger, as Ricochet has currently had his Title rematch, and will have to move his way back up into contention for it most likely. As for Gunther's next challenger, Sami Zayn might want to get back in the mix for the Title he once held, however possibly among Max Dupri's new clients will give Gunther some fresh opposition once they actually debut.

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