Intercontinental Championship Tournament

05/18/2020

Last Friday, the tournament started with Elias defeating King Corbin.  Daniel Bryan defeated Drew Gulak.  This Friday, Jeff Hardy returns to in-ring action versus is new rival "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus.  AJ Styles transfers to Smackdown and will challenge Shinsuke Nakamura.  Who will win the tournament?  Here is Ovi Muniz's predicition:

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Both superstars will meet for the 34th time in their wrestling career (to include 205 Live and NJPW).  In the WWE, Styles has two wins, one loss, two draws, and one disqualification versus Nakamura.  Styles returned to the WWE after digging himself out six feet under from The Undertaker.  He defeated Humerto Carrillo in a gauntlet match to quaily for the MITB Ladder Match.  He was not successful to win as he and King Corbin fumbled the briefcase that was caught by Otis.  

As for Nakamura, he has not been the same since losing the Intercontinental title from Braun Strowman.  On January 31, 2020, Strowman pinned Nakamura.  Nakamura haslost three straight singles matches and is hoping to rebound.  However, he remains to be in the shadows from Sami Zayn and now King Corbin.  Let's see if he can handle his business on his own without any help, especially without Cesaro.  

Prediction: A.J. Styles win.

Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus

Both superstars will enter the ring to challenge each other in a first time, singles match.  It will be their 38th encounter but this time there is no tag team match ups.  

Prediction: This is a very hard pick.  Hardy came back to win at MITB Kickoff Show and defeated Cesaro. Being that Cesaro was a former tag team with Sheamus, I have a gut feeling that Hardy will win.  

Semi-finals

Daniel Bryan vs Jeff Hardy

Bryan is 1-0 vs Hardy.  On May 22nd, 2018, Bryan tapped out Hardy.  He will do so again or Sheamus will retaliate from his loss and continue his feud with Hardy.  

Prediction: Daniel Bryan

AJ Styles vs. Elias

Styles and Elias never participated at the Royal Rumble 2020.  The never crossed path.  Elias was the first man to be eliminated by Brock Lesnar and Styles injured himself later on and was tossed by Edge.  Elias will be watching his own back as King Corbin may interfere and have his redemption from losing MITB and first round of this tournament.  

 Prediction: A.J. Styles

Finals

A.J. Styles vs. Daniel Bryan

On November 13, 2018, Daniel Bryan pinned A.J. Styles to win the WWE World Championship title.  Overall, Bryan has four wins, one loss, and two disqualification that was a split.  Bryan sold me with his promo speech about being a champion last Friday.  Besides, we can see another epic match and a rematch of what had happened at MITB in Vince McMahon's office.  

Prediction:  Daniel Bryan wins and will be the NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION!