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IC title match announced for next week's WWE SmackDown

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The Intercontinental title will be on the line on next week's SmackDown.

On SmackDown next Friday, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura will defend his title against former champion Apollo Crews. The episode is SmackDown's go-home show for Extreme Rules.

Nakamura won the Intercontinental title by defeating Crews on the August 13 episode of SmackDown. The following week, Nakamura & Rick Boogs defeated Crews & Commander Azeez in a tag team match.

Boogs defeated Robert Roode in a singles match on SmackDown tonight. As Boogs and Nakamura were celebrating on the announce table with Pat McAfee after the match, Crews and Azeez attacked Nakamura and Boogs and laid them out.

Crews got on the microphone after the attack and demanded that Nakamura give him an Intercontinental title rematch. Crews said Nakamura has made a mockery of the title.

Next Friday's SmackDown is being held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega has also been announced for the episode. That match comes in advance of Morgan facing Carmella at Extreme Rules.