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Challenger for Gunther's WWE Intercontinental championship confirmed

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After beating Imperium’s Giovanni Vinci, Tommaso Ciampa has set his sights on GUNTHER and his WWE Intercontinental Championship.

Ciampa faced Vinci on the September 18 episode of WWE Raw, defeating the Imperium member much to the displeasure of GUNTHER and Ludwig Kaiser.
Highlights from the match can be seen below this news story, including the reaction from GUNTHER and Kaiser.

Following the match, WWE released a Digital Exclusive with Ciampa saying:
“Listen, tonight we got the job done, but the job’s not them.
“I made it clear that Imperium did not choose me, I chose Imperium.
“The truth is, I chose GUNTHER.  If I gotta go through Giovanni and Ludwig to get to GUNTHER, we’re gonna get to the final boss.

“We’re gonna get to the Intercontinental Title. Let me tell you something about the Intercontinental Title, what that means to me.
“This business did not choose me, I chose this business from a very, very young age.
“This is my first love and I’m twenty years deep and I think about what got that love sparked.
“It’s Bret Hart, it’s Rowdy Piper, it’s Mr. Perfect, it’s the British Bulldog. It’s the Intercontinental title. It’s the workhorse title

“Because that title was built for guys like me. And, now look what GUNTHER’s done.  You’ve surpassed them all.
“You are the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time… for now.
“Because, soon, the dragon will be slayed and I will be the dragon slayer.

“GUNTHER, we’re going to step in that ring together whether you like it or not.
“We’re going to lock eyes and I’m going to see that doubt creep in, that doubt that hasn’t crept in for the past year because you know something that I know.
“Tommaso Ciampa is a better professional wrestler than GUNTHER on Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday, on Saturday, on Sunday, on Monday again.
“Your time’s coming… And New…”

Following his loss on the September 4 episode of WWE Raw in a much-praised match, Chad Gable also promised that he would face GUNTHER once more.
Ciampa has also been searching for his former DIY tag team partner, with Johnny Gargano having recently wrestled his first match since July at a WWE house show.

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