WWE is generating buzz among fans as they advertise the return of AJ Styles for the upcoming WWE SmackDown episode scheduled for December 8.

This particular episode holds special significance as it marks WWE’s annual Tribute To The Troops special, an event dedicated to honoring the armed forces.

Visitors to WWE.com are being greeted with a pop-up notification encouraging them to tune in to this episode. Featured prominently in the advertising is AJ Styles, who has been conspicuously absent from WWE television since the September 22 episode of WWE SmackDown when he was ambushed backstage by Solo Sikoa.

As of now, it remains uncertain whether AJ Styles will indeed make his long-awaited television return during Friday’s WWE SmackDown. This has ignited curiosity and anticipation among fans eager to see what’s in store.


The current lineup for the December 8, 2023 show includes:

  • Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
  • The return of CM Punk
  • WWE United States Title Tournament 1st Round: Bobby Lashley vs. Karrion Kross
  • WWE United States Title Tournament 1st Round: Dragon Lee vs. Santos Escobar

For those eager to catch the action, Ringside News will provide live coverage of WWE SmackDown, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. It promises to be a memorable episode, especially with the potential return of AJ Styles, a superstar whose presence has been sorely missed by WWE fans.

Are you going to mark out for AJ Styles when he makes his WWE return? Let us know in the comments.

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Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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