Gunther will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 39.
On the March 17 episode of WWE SmackDown, Drew McIntyre faced Sheamus in a singles match to determine Gunther’s opponent at WrestleMania 39. In the closing moments, Gunther, who had been at ringside, entered the ring in order to stop the referee from counting McIntyre and Sheamus out, as both men were down. “The Ring General” yelled at the prospective contenders, and his Imperium stablemates Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser attacked the duo from behind.
WWE official Adam Pearce then announced that Gunther would defend the title against both McIntyre and Sheamus at WrestleMania 39.
McIntyre and Sheamus previously faced off in a five-way match for a shot at the title on the Mach 10 episode of WWE SmackDown, but they both scored the pin. Pearce then announced that they would clash in a singles match on the March 17 episode.