As announced on WWE Backstage on Tuesday, Sami Zayn is “unable to compete,” therefore the Intercontinental Championship has been declared vacant.
A tournament to crown a new champion will commence on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown. Details on the tournament are unknown at this time.
BREAKING NEWS:@SamiZayn is unable to compete and defend the Intercontinental Championship, therefore @WWE has declared the title vacant. A tournament to crown a new Champion will begin on Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. pic.twitter.com/5qZgUyL9rC
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 13, 2020
Zayn last appeared at WrestleMania 36 (which was taped in March) when he successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Daniel Bryan.