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WWE SmackDown World Cup semifinals set

Ricochet and Butch have advanced in the SmackDown World Cup.

The WWE SmackDown World Cup semifinals are set following Friday's show. 

Ricochet and Butch won their quarterfinal bouts on Friday's SmackDown episode to advance to the semifinals of the World Cup tournament. 

Ricochet defeated Mustafa Ali on Friday's show to advance and will take on Braun Strowman in a semifinal bout on next week's SmackDown. 

In Friday's main event, Butch defeated Sami Zayn to move on and will face Santos Escobar next week in the other semifinal matchup. 

Escobar and Strowman punched their tickets to the semifinals with wins on last Friday's SmackDown. 

Strowman and Ricochet had a backstage faceoff on SmackDown this week, where Ricochet referenced a tweet from Strowman mocking "flippy flipper" wrestlers. 

In addition to the World Cup matchups, a tag bout for the WarGames advantage, plus a Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler vs. Shotzi and Raquel Rodriguez tag team bout have been announced for next week's SmackDown, the Survivor Series go-home show.

Next week's lineup: 

  • SmackDown World Cup semifinals: Braun Strowman vs. Ricochet
  • SmackDown World Cup semifinals: Santos Escobar vs. Butch
  • WarGames advantage match: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus vs. The Usos
  • Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler vs. Shotzi & Raquel Rodriguez