5/22 Friday Night SmackDown Preview: IC Tournament Finals, Tucker Returns

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Here are WWE.com’s official Quick Hits preview points for tonight’s SmackDown:

  • Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles meet in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals
  • Jeff Hardy and Sheamus to converge for contract signing ahead of WWE Backlash
  • Heavy Machinery reunite alongside Braun Strowman to face Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison

You can find WWE’s full preview HERE. We have included some excerpts below:

Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles meet in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals

Two of WWE’s most skilled competitors are set to clash when Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles face off this week on Friday Night SmackDown in the finals of a tournament to determine the new Intercontinental Champion.

Styles came to the blue brand as a man on a mission, as The Phenomenal One dispatched of former champion Shinsuke Nakamura in the opening round of the tournament. After a hit-and-run incident involving Elias threw the bracket into chaos, Styles accepted a bye into the final round while Bryan fought his way into the title matchup by defeating Sheamus.

In hopes of delivering a message to his eventual competitor, Styles challenged Bryan’s coach Drew Gulak to a match and may have taken the up-and-comer a little too lightly, as Gulak rolled up the former WWE Champion for a shocking victory.

Will Styles regroup and finally capture the title that has evaded him? Or will Bryan usher in his second reign as Intercontinental Champion?

Heavy Machinery reunite alongside Braun Strowman to face Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison

Braun Strowman and Heavy Machinery will combine to form an ultra-imposing team in an attempt to deliver payback for Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison. Miz & Morrison have used a series of devious antics to try to get under the skin of The Monster Among Men prior to challenging him for the Universal Title at WWE Backlash, while Ziggler continues to torment Otis after their battle for Mandy Rose’s heart.

Tucker will reunite in the ring with his Workin’ Man pal Otis for the first time in over two months against a trio of old rivals. Strowman will also put aside his Money in the Bank worries in an effort to send a message to The Miz & John Morrison ahead of their WWE Backlash showdown.

Can Braun Strowman and Heavy Machinery impose their will against Ziggler, Miz & Morrison?

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