After earning the opportunity to challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship in a 12 Days of Christmas 12-Man Gauntlet Match, The Master Strategist went one-on-one with the rocking powerhouse Rick Boogs.
Prior to the match, the fireworks started backstage when Zayn came in contact with Johnny Knoxville. The Jackass star had come to SmackDown to plead his case to WWE management as to why he should be allowed to compete in the 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble. In response, The Master Strategist informed him that he isn’t qualified to compete in a Royal Rumble Match.
Against Boogs, Zayn made the mistake of trash talking Nakamura outside the ring, and Boogs rolled him up when he climbed back into the ring for the quick pin.
Then, in the aftermath, Knoxville suddenly emerged and proceeded to throw Zayn over the top rope! Moments later, it was announced that Knoxville was being entered into the Royal Rumble Match!