Roman Reigns vs Shinsuke Nakamura Booked For Smackdown


Roman Reigns vs Shinsuke Nakamura has been booked for Smackdown.

Roman Reigns will challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Intercontinental championship this Friday on SmackDown. A short build to the match occurred today on Twitter.

Earlier today, Sami Zayn noted on Twitter that he and Nakamura were drafted in the third round and lamented that they should have been picked ahead of Roman Reigns.

Reigns then responded to Zayn’s tweets with the following challenge.

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Not long after Roman Reigns issued the challenge, Nakamura responded and invited the big dog to come into his yard.

WWE then confirmed the match will take place on Friday:

Roman Reigns vs Shinsuke Nakamura

This will be the first time that Roman Reigns and Nakamura have ever wrestled each other in singles competition. The only time the two have been in the same match together was the 2018 men’s Royal Rumble match. Nakamura won the Rumble that year. 

As of this writing, Nakamura has been the Intercontinental champion for 95 days. He first won the title on the Extreme Rules 2019 kickoff show from Finn Balor. He’s defended the title twice on WWE programming. The first time against Ali on the WWE Network Smackville special this summer and then most recently at Clash of Champions against The Miz.