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Number one contender's match set for next week's WWE SmackDown


A new number one contender to the Universal Championship will be decided on SmackDown next week.

Tonight's episode of the show ended with the announcement that Daniel Bryan, The Miz, and Baron Corbin will face off in a triple threat number one contender's match next Friday. The winner will challenge for "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt's Universal title at the Royal Rumble in Houston, Texas on January 26.

Bryan & Miz defeated Corbin & Dolph Ziggler in the main event of tonight's SmackDown. The match was set up in the opening segment of the show, with Bryan, Miz, and Corbin all wanting the next shot at the Universal title. Corbin called Bryan and Miz failures as wrestlers and fathers, then Ziggler ambushed Bryan and Miz.

Miz submitted Ziggler with the Figure Four in tonight's main event.

With Wyatt wrestling as his Firefly Fun House host character instead of The Fiend, he defeated Miz in a non-title match at TLC this past Sunday. There was then a post-match angle where Bryan returned for the first time since being attacked by The Fiend and having clumps of his hair ripped out.

Bryan, who now has a haircut and most of his beard shaved off, saved Miz from being hit with a mallet by Wyatt at TLC.

Next week's SmackDown is taking place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. It's the final SmackDown of 2019.