The semi finals for WWE's SmackDown World Cup have been confirmed.
Braun Strowman will wrestle Ricochet in the first semi. That comes after Braun beat Jinder Mahal in the first round last week and Rico toppled Mustafa Ali (who was selling a rib injury) on Friday night. Both men worked in a backstage confrontation to sell the size difference between them, and Ricochet even mentioned Strowman's social media dig at "flippy" high-flyers.
The other semi is Santos Escobar vs. Butch of the Brawling Brutes; Escobar beat Shinsuke Nakamura last week, and Butch won out over WarGames rival Sami Zayn on this week's show. It'd be a shocker if Bloodline interference didn't cost Pete Dunne his spot in the final before Survivor Series.
Perhaps the most likely final is Braun vs. Escobar then. If so, then Strowman will surely become the new number one contender for GUNTHER's Intercontinental Title. WWE teased that match by programming Braun in a six-man tag (with New Day against Imperium) on Friday.
Here's another rundown of those semis:
Braun Strowman vs. Ricochet
Santos Escobar vs. Butch
Both take place on the 'go home' edition of SmackDown pre-Survivor Series: WarGames.