It seems that tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown won’t be as “phenomenal” as initially anticipated.
Throughout the week, reports circulated about AJ Styles making his return to WWE television on the special “Tribute To The Troops” episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
WWE seemingly confirmed this by featuring AJ Styles in promotional material for tonight’s show at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island, alongside LA Knight, Charlotte Flair, Kairi Sane, Bobby Lashley, and The Street Profits.
However, PWInsider.com now reports that Styles will not be returning on tonight’s episode. This decision appears to be a straightforward creative choice, given the loaded lineup with appearances by CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, the start of the U.S. title contender tournament, two first-round matches, and involvement from Randy Orton, LA Knight, The Bloodline, Charlotte Flair, and others.
Despite Styles’ absence from tonight’s show, it is believed that “The Phenomenal One” is still expected to make his return to WWE television soon.