GUNTHER has sealed his fate and must now defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 39.
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre fought to a no contest on the March 17 episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown. GUNTHER got involved in the match and dropped both participants leading to a disqualification ending.
Once the match was finished, Adam Pearce made it clear that GUNTHER had made his decision and now must defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre and Sheamus at WrestleMania.
.@ScrapDaddyAP makes it official! ------— WWE (@WWE) March 18, 2023
It's going to be a Triple Threat Match for the #ICTitle at #WrestleMania! @WWESheamus vs. @DMcIntyreWWE vs. @Gunther_AUT!#SmackDown pic.twitter.com/Yg73ic2ak2
At WrestleMania, Gunther will put his Intercontinental Championship on the line against Drew McIntyre and Sheamus in a Triple Threat Match.
In his incredible reign, Gunther has proven to be a dominant champion and has elevated the Intercontinental Title to "sacred" status. As he approached The Grandest Stage of Them All, however, The Ring General found himself without an opponent. Flanked by Imperium, he demanded that WWE Official Adam Pearce rectify the situation, In response, Pearce set up a Fatal 5-Way Match between the elite Superstars who had made their cases for why they should be given said challenge at The Show of Shows.
When McIntyre and Sheamus scored a pinfall at the same time in the culmination of the free-for-all, however, it was determined that the long-time friends would battle one-on-one for the Intercontinental Title opportunity. before a winner could be decided in that subsequent showdown, however, an attack by Imperium brought a sudden end to the contest. With no winner emerging from that match due to Gunther's interference, it was determined by Pearce that both Superstars would challenger Gunther in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania.
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Both Drew McIntyre and Sheamus have stated the importance of the Intercontinental Championship to them in the past.
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