Tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown will be broadcasting live from Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble Premium Live Event next month.

Friday Night SmackDown will air at 8:00 PM EST on FOX on December 8th, 2023 and fans are naturally excited for this week’s show. The company has announced quite a few matches and segments for the episode, which will be a special Tribute To The Troops edition of the show.

The biggest draw for tonight’s show is definitely CM Punk making his return to Friday Night SmackDown after almost 10 years. Elsewhere, Randy Orton and LA Knight will team up for tag match against Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa.

Other matches include Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka, Bobby Lashley vs. Karrion Kross and Dragon Lee vs. Santos Escobar, the latter two matches will be for the United States title tournament. WWE also might have accidentally spoiled AJ Styles’ return on tonight’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown.


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

  • Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
  • Randy Orton and LA Knight vs Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa
  • 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 highly anticipated episode of the blue brand, Ringside News will be providing live play-by-play coverage of tonight’s show over in our WWE SmackDown results coverage hub. It promises to be a memorable episode for many reasons, so it remains to be seen how the episode will turn out.

What’s your opinion on this lineup for Friday Night Smackdown? Are you excited for what’s to come? Let us know in the comments section below!

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