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Number one contender's gauntlet match set for WWE SmackDown

WWE has made three announcements for the SummerSlam fallout edition of SmackDown.
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The SmackDown Women's Championship challenger for Clash at the Castle will be determined tonight.

WWE has announced that a number one contender's gauntlet match will take place on tonight's episode of SmackDown. The winner will challenge Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women's Championship at Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, September 3.

The participants for the gauntlet match are: Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah, Shotzi, Xia Li, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, and Sonya Deville.

Ronda Rousey isn't included in the gauntlet match due to currently being suspended in storyline. WWE announced after last weekend's SummerSlam pay-per-view that Rousey had been both fined and suspended for attacking a referee.

Rousey attacked the referee after her SmackDown Women's Championship match against Morgan ended in a controversial finish. While Rousey had Morgan in an armbar, the referee counted a pin and declared Morgan the winner. But the referee missed that Morgan had tapped out while he was counting.

Clash at the Castle will also see Roman Reigns defend his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre. On SmackDown tonight, Reigns will address McIntyre.

WWE has also announced that Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser will take place on SmackDown tonight. If Nakamura wins, he'll earn an Intercontinental title shot against Gunther.

WWE SmackDown (Friday, August 5) --

  • Number one contender's gauntlet match (Raquel Rodriguez, Aliyah, Shotzi, Xia Li, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, and Sonya Deville)
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns addresses Drew McIntyre
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ludwig Kaiser (if Nakamura wins, he becomes the number one contender to Gunther's Intercontinental title)