On this week's WWE Backstage it was announced since Sami Zayn is not able to compete in the ring, the WWE Intercontinental Championship is now vacant. WWE will hold a tournament to determine a new champion, which will begin on this Friday's SmackDown.
The bracket has yet to be announced.
As noted, behind-the-scenes, Zayn has not been appearing on WWE TV due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zayn has not appeared on WWE TV since night one of WrestleMania 36, which was taped a few nights before it aired. That show saw Zayn retain his title over Daniel Bryan. Zayn hasn't appeared on SmackDown since the April 3 episode, which was the WrestleMania go-home show.
Earlier today, Zayn had tweeted out, "Hope everyone is doing okay."
BREAKING NEWS:@SamiZayn is unable to compete and defend the Intercontinental Championship, therefore @WWE has declared the title vacant. A tournament to crown a new Champion will begin on Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. pic.twitter.com/5qZgUyL9rC— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) May 13, 2020