On the Friday Night SmackDown broadcast airing on Fox on December 2, 2022, Ricochet beat Santos Escobar to win the inaugural SmackDown World Cup.
The match was initially favouring Ricochet, but Escobar’s Legado Del Fantasma teammates Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde intervened to help Escobar regain the advantage. Then Zelina Vega and the two men were removed from the audience by the referee.
Then, Escobar and Ricochet put on an amazing back-and-forth battle. In the end, Ricochet countered on the top rope and blasted Escobar with several superkicks and a Frankensteiner to set up a 630-splash for the pin.
The WWE Intercontinental Championship was to be offered to the World Cup champion. On the 16th of December’s broadcast of SmackDown, Ricochet will face off against the current champion Gunther.
To advance to the final, Escobar had to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura and Butch earlier. On his way to the finals, Ricochet defeated Braun Strowman and Mustafa Ali.