WWE fans eagerly anticipating the return of "The Phenomenal One," AJ Styles, might have to wait a bit longer than expected. Contrary to earlier reports, it appears that Styles won't be gracing the Tribute to the Troops episode of "SmackDown." According to insider information from Pro Wrestling Insider (PWI), while Styles is indeed ready to make his WWE comeback, it won't be happening during this particular event.
This development contradicts an earlier assertion made by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, who had indicated that Styles was set to make his return on the same night. The anticipation surrounding Styles' return has been building for quite some time.
Back in November, PWI had reported that he was "penciled in" to reappear on the November 10th episode of "SmackDown." This speculation stemmed from Styles' absence from WWE television for over a month following a storyline assault by The Bloodline.
However, it seems those penciled plans have been erased, as Styles did not make an appearance on the mentioned episode or any subsequent ones. PWI's latest update attributes this delay to creative reasons, leaving fans in suspense regarding when they might see "The Phenomenal One" back in action.
AJ Styles' Last Match
Styles' last in-ring appearance was on the September 15th episode of "SmackDown," where he faced Finn Balor in a losing effort. During the same episode, Styles found himself entangled with The Bloodline when he came to the aid of John Cena.
Initially, Styles and Cena were slated to take on Bloodline members Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa at WWE Fastlane. However, an unfortunate backstage attack by Sikoa left Styles unable to compete, ultimately leading to his replacement by LA Knight.
The uncertainty surrounding AJ Styles' return has added an element of intrigue to WWE programming. Fans will have to stay tuned to future episodes of "SmackDown" to see when "The Phenomenal One" will once again grace the squared circle and leave an indelible mark on the wrestling world.