Gunther defeats former champion to retain Intercontinental Title on WWE SmackDown

The Ring General has been a dominant champion on SmackDown.
The Ring General has been a dominant champion on SmackDown.

Gunther defended his Intercontinental Championship on the latest episode of WWE SmackDown against Shinsuke Nakamura.

The King of Strong Style earned the right to challenge for the title after defeating Ludwig Kaiser on the blue brand last Friday. Several weeks ago, the former United States Champion confronted Kaiser and The Ring General after the latter was set to put his title on the line in an open challenge.

Nakamura wanted to prove that he was worthy of a title shot, so he defeated Ludwig that night. He has held the coveted championship twice in his WWE career and wanted another run with the title.

Gunther has been dominant and is yet to lose a match since arriving on the main roster. On SmackDown this week, he and Shinsuke put on a hard-hitting fight in the show's main event.

This match is already physical ๐Ÿ˜ณ@ShinsukeN @Gunther_AUT #SmackDown

The Intercontinental Champion seemingly injured his arm during the bout. However, he delivered multiple chops to Shinsuke Nakamura's chest, leaving the latter bruised. He tried to go for a top rope splash, but Nakamura countered it into an armbar.

#AndStill the Intercontinental Champion, @Gunther_AUT! #SmackDown

Gunther then reversed this into a powerbomb. Finally, The Ring General hit another devastating powerbomb to win the match and retain his title. It'll be interesting to see who his next opponent will be.

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Edited by Angana Roy
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