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WWE kicks off the SmackDown World Cup tournament tonight after being announced last Friday on SmackDown.

The tournament matches haven’t been announced yet. However, the competitors have been revealed. According to, here are the planned stars for the tournament:

Braun Strowman

Shinsuke Nakamura

Sami Zayn

Santos Escobar

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Rey Mysterio

Jinder Mahal



The tournament winner will receive a future Intercontinental title shot against current champion Gunther, although a date for the bout has yet to be confirmed. FOX Sports will be airing the World Cup soccer tournament this winter.

Already confirmed for SmackDown includes the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos vs. The New Day (Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston), Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Santos Escobar, and Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shotzi vs. Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans vs. Xia Li in a six-pack challenge number one contender's match.