AJ Styles made his big return to WWE during the 2023 Draft on SmackDown. The entire OC were picked to make their way to SmackDown, and Styles was there in Texas to take the ring and send a message with his stable.

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Ringside News reached out to confirm that AJ Styles is back, and a tenured source within the company has informed us that he is 100% cleared to compete. That being said, Styles still sat out the brawl on SmackDown this week, but he did perform a Phenomenal Forearm later on.

The Good Brothers have clause in their WWE contracts that says they don’t have to be anywhere they’re not booked. Since AJ Styles went down with his ankle injury, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows haven’t been seen. Hopefully, that changes after the 2023 WWE Draft.


It’s been previously reported that Styles is close to return to action last week and was awaiting clearance from WWE’s medical team. It took several months for his broken ankle to repair, but Styles is now back and ready to go.

Now, we know that AJ Styles is back, and he is cleared to compete once again. Only time will tell how long it takes for AJ Styles to become a serious contender on the SmackDown brand.

What’s your take on AJ Styles’ WWE return? Are you surprised that it happened so soon? Sound off in the comments!

H Jenkins

H Jeknins is a News Correspondent at Ringside News, keeping wrestling fans updated with timely and accurate reports on all things wrestling.

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