AJ Styles Defending The Intercontinental Championship On 7/17 WWE SmackDown

AJ Styles will defend the Intercontinental Championship next week on SmackDown.

During a backstage interview tonight on SmackDown, it was revealed that Styles will defend the title against Matt Riddle on July 17. This will be Riddle's first Intercontinental title challenge.

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Styles won the title after going through a tournament to crown a new champion, beating Daniel Bryan in the finals. Since then, Styles, in his first reign as Intercontinental Champion, has defended the title once, which was a win over Drew Gulak on July 3.

Riddle has had a strong start in the ring ever since he made the permanent move from NXT to SmackDown. In his first match since switching brands, Riddle defeated Styles in a non-title match on June 19 and followed it up with a win over John Morrison on July 3.

Fightful will have live coverage of SmackDown next week, airing on FOX at 8 p.m. ET. For full results of SmackDown tonight, click here.

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