WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday featured Cody Rhodes dethroning Roman Reigns as the Undisputed Universal Champion, and he has been active as champion ever since. However, it appears he won’t be appearing on SmackDown this week.

Tonight’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown will be emanating from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and it promises a ton of action for fans in attendance.

However, fans who were hoping to see The American Nightmare in action like they did last week will be disappointed. This is because Rhodes is currently in the United Kingdom as part of WWE’s ongoing tour and will be competing in London on 19th April, so he will be missing out on SmackDown.

A #1 Contender’s match for WWE Championship between LA Knight and AJ Styles will be held on SmackDown tonight, so we’ll have to see who will win the battle and challenge Cody Rhodes at Backlash.


WWE SmackDown Card for April 19th, 2024 Episode:

  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley vs. Naomi
  • #1 Contender’s match for WWE Championship: LA Knight vs. AJ Styles
  • The Street Profits vs. New Catch Republic vs. Legado del Fantasma vs. Authors of Pain

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 we’ll have to wait and see how the episode will turn out.

Are you disappointed that Cody Rhodes won’t be on SmackDown this week? Let us know in the comments section below!

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