They let you know in advance. WWE is in currently on the Road To WrestleMania and that means things are going to start to get bigger in a hurry. We are less than a week away from Elimination Chamber and less than two months away from WrestleMania 38, but there are a few more shows to get through on the way there. That includes a few television shows, one of which was taped in advance. WWE has actually acknowledged something that happened on the show.

WWE has revealed that Sami Zayn defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Intercontinental Title during this weekend’s SmackDown television taping. The match was taped in advance and will air on the February 18 SmackDown, as WWE will be in Saudi Arabia on February 19 for Elimination Chamber. Zayn had been #1 contender for several weeks before the title match eventually took place.

Opinion: This is something that was almost bound to happen as there was little reason to keep the title on Nakamura any longer. He had been champion for over six months and had only done so much with it in the first place. Zayn has been involved with one of the more prominent stories on the show and needed something to boost him up. That was covered with the title change, and it was so important that WWE even bothered to spoil it in advance.

How will Zayn’s title reign go? What is next for both of them? Let us know in the comments below.

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