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Gunther wins WWE Intercontinental title on SmackDown


Gunther is the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

He defeated Ricochet on tonight’s episode of SmackDown to win the title for the first time. In what turned out to be a competitive match, Gunther won the title after cutting off Ricochet and pinning him with a powerbomb.

This ends Ricochet’s run with the championship after 98 days, defeating Sami Zayn on the March 4 edition of SmackDown.

The feud between Ricochet and Gunther started when Ricochet made the save for Drew Gulak during a match on SmackDown last month. On the May 27 edition of SmackDown, Gunther and his associated Ludwig Kaiser defeated Gulak and Ricochet in a match, leading to tonight’s title match.

A former NXT UK Champion, Gunther along with Kaiser were formerly part of the Imperium stable with Fabian Aichner before they made their debut on the SmackDown roster back in April. Prior to the feud with Ricochet, Gunther had mostly been facing enhancement talent.