A title change took place took place on the February 18th edition of Friday Night SmackDown. During the broadcast, Sami Zayn defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new Intercontinental Champion.
The match saw Zayn pin Nakamura with a rollup to capture the Intercontinental Title for the third time in his career. The crowd inside the Smoothie King Center looked shocked at the result, seemingly not expecting a title change to take place on the show. It should be noted that while the audience inside the arena did not expect to see a new champion, the audience watching at home more likely did. This is becasue the show was pre-taped due to the roster travelling out to Saudi Arabia for the Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event earlier in the week. As a result, spoilers from the show did leak online, with WWE themselves announcing the new champion on their website.
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