WWE is gearing up for a blockbuster episode of SmackDown, aiming for a surge in TV ratings with an impressive lineup that includes the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Behind the scenes, there are also hints of some surprise returns to the show.

As for the advertised segments:

  • Roman Reigns makes his much-anticipated return.
  • AJ Styles, Randy Orton, and LA Knight square off in a Triple Threat Match.
  • Kevin Owens faces Santos Escobar in the U.S. Title Tournament Final.
  • The return of Logan Paul.
  • A WWE Women’s Championship match between Michin and IYO SKY.
  • Butch is in search of a partner to take on Pretty Deadly, with a spoiler hinting at the potential partner’s identity.

In an exciting development, Fightful Select has reported that AOP (Authors of Pain) members Akam, Rezar, and Paul Ellering might make their presence felt on SmackDown, possibly as early as tonight.

Fans will recall their brief appearance in a Karrion Kross and Scarlett vignette, sparking speculation about the formation of a new faction. Rumors about AOP’s return have been circulating for about a year, and prior to that, Paul Ellering mentioned in an interview that plans were in motion for him to manage the team once again. It appears these plans are finally coming to fruition.


Ringside News will be providing live play-by-play coverage of tonight’s show over in our WWE SmackDown coverage hub. It promises to be a memorable episode for many reasons, so it remains to be seen how the episode will turn out.

For further intriguing backstage developments, keep checking back to Ringside News for additional information as it becomes available.

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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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