New Intercontinental Champion Big E will be in action on next Friday's New Year's Day episode of SmackDown.
WWE has announced that Big E vs. Baron Corbin will take place on next Friday's SmackDown. The announcement didn't state that Big E's Intercontinental title will be on the line.
In the main event of this week's SmackDown, Big E defeated Sami Zayn in a lumberjack match to win the Intercontinental title. Corbin and his Knights of The Lone Wolf (Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler) were three of the lumberjacks for the match. The heel lumberjacks would attack Big E while he was outside of the ring.
Big E and Corbin were on opposite sides of an eight-man tag match on this past Sunday's TLC pre-show. Big E, Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable & Otis defeated Zayn, Corbin, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura.
Next week's SmackDown will also feature Seth Rollins' return to WWE television. It will be the first time Rollins has appeared since Becky Lynch gave birth to the couple's first child.
After SmackDown was taped in advance this week due to Christmas, next Friday's New Year's Day episode of the show will air live.