– Kofi Kingston reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship Friday night on SmackDown, defeating Dolph Ziggler with a high cross body off the top rope. Moments later, Ziggler attacked the new champion, inspiring SmackDown’s Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero to call for her boyfriend’s immediate title rematch. Kingston defeated Ziggler a second time with Trouble in Paradise to retain his newly-acquired championship.
With General Manager Theodore Long absent, Guerrero used her temporary authority to add Ziggler to the scheduled Triple Threat Match — set to decide the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship — making it a Fatal 4-Way Match. It culminated with Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Cody Rhodes for the pinfall victory.
— Following the Intercontinental Title swap on Friday’s SmackDown, both Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston were the top trending topics on Twitter.
— Paul Bearer, who is still listed on WWE.com’s SmackDown Superstars page, is accepting independent bookings via PercyPringle.com.