After the title was declared vacant, WWE's tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion kicked off on last night's SmackDown.
Two first round matches took place on last night's show. One featured two partners facing off, while the other continued a feud. Daniel Bryan submitted Drew Gulak to move on to the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Elias moved on to the semifinals by defeating Baron Corbin.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus and AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura are the remaining first round matches. Both will air on next week's SmackDown. The winner of Hardy vs. Sheamus will advance to face Bryan in the semifinals. The winner of Styles vs. Nakamura will face Elias.
In last night's main event, men's Money in the Bank winner Otis teamed with Universal Champion Braun Strowman to face The Miz & John Morrison. Otis needing to find a partner for the match was set up during his appearance on Miz TV earlier in the night.
After Otis & Strowman won, Otis teased cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase but then said he was only joking when Strowman caught him.
NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair was on last night's SmackDown as part of the brand-to-brand invitation. She accepted a challenge from Bayley for a non-title champion vs. champion match next week. Charlotte also tried to create dissension between Bayley and Sasha Banks by asking if Banks was her own woman or happy being Bayley's lackey and an afterthought.
More coverage from last night --
- WWE 205 Live results: Tony Nese vs. Jack Gallagher
- Four matches announced for next week's WWE SmackDown
- Daniel Bryan, Elias advance in WWE Intercontinental title tournament
- WWE reveals Intercontinental title tournament bracket
- WWE SmackDown live results: Miz TV with Otis, Charlotte appears
WWE SmackDown video highlights --
Otis appears on Miz TV
Intercontinental title tournament first round match: Elias vs. Baron Corbin
Sheamus refuses to team with Otis in the main event
No one on SmackDown is safe from the truth
Dana Brooke vs. Naomi
Charlotte Flair asks if Sasha Banks is her own woman or happy being an afterthought
The Forgotten Sons will welcome their opponents with closed fists
Intercontinental title tournament first round match: Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
Sonya Deville vows to humiliate Mandy Rose & Otis in next week's mixed tag match
Otis & Braun Strowman vs. The Miz & John Morrison
Otis teases cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase
SmackDown fallout: Drew Gulak isn't afraid to get back up and try again
SmackDown fallout: The opportunity at a championship is what Elias has been waiting for
SmackDown fallout: Defeating Naomi again gives Dana Brooke a confidence boost