There was a point to it. We are in some interesting times in the world and that includes WWE as well. With so many things going on at once, it is not clear when the wrestling industry will be back to normal. You can only do so much with so few wrestlers around, though WWE has made it clear that the others will not be punished for not appearing. That might not be entirely true though.

WWE is currently holding a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion. This comes after former champion Sami Zayn was stripped of the title for not appearing on WWE television for several weeks despite being champion. Zayn has given no indication when he will be back and WWE does not seem happy with it. As it turns out, WWE is trying to make their other intentions clear.

According to, WWE stripped Zayn of the Intercontinental Title in order to send a message. While main event stars like Roman Reigns are able to take off as much time as they want with no repercussions, lower level stars may not be able to do so. Zayn’s attitude may have something to do with it as well, as he is choosing to stay at home while Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is forced to stay at home due to travel restrictions. As a result, Devlin’s title was not stripped and an Interim Cruiserweight Champion will be crowned.

Which one seems to be in more trouble? Check out both champions in question:

Opinion: This is one of those things where I could see it going either way. There is only so much that you can do when it comes to having wrestlers gone from the company for such a long time. WWE is running with a shortened crew at the moment and it isn’t clear when things are going to be back to normal. I can understand Zayn not being willing to be at the show, but WWE has to move on at some point.

What do you think of Zayn’s absence? Who will be the next champion? Let us know in the comments below.

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