WWE Intercontinental Title Tournament: First 2 Semifinalists Advance, Updated Brackets


The first two semifinalists in the WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament have been determined following this week's edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.

As advertised, after Sami Zayn vacated the title, an eight-man tournament was set up to decide who will become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

On Friday Night SmackDown, the brackets for the tournament were unveiled, and the first two opening round matches took place, with Daniel Bryan and Elias advancing to the second round.

On the left side of the bracket, Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak and Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus were announced as opening round bouts, while the right side of the bracket featured Elias vs. King Corbin and AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.

Bryan defeated Gulak, while Elias scored a victory over Corbin to advance to the semifinals on opposite sides of the bracket.

The final opening round matches -- Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus and AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura -- are scheduled to take place on next week's edition of Friday Night SmackDown.

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