• WrestleMania 34 Rematch Set For This Week’s SmackDown Live
WWE announced earlier today that WWE Champion AJ Styles will face Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event of this week’s SmackDown Live. Styles & Nakamura faced each other in singles matches at WrestleMania 34, Greatest Royal Rumble, Backlash, Money In The Bank and on an episode of SmackDown Live.
Below is what WWE posted:
AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura to battle on SmackDown LIVE tomorrow night
“The legendary rivalry between WWE Champion AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura featured memorable battles taking place WWE Money in the Bank, the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia, and The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. Now, Styles and Nakamura will collide once again on SmackDown LIVE tomorrow night.
Both Superstars have huge matches scheduled for this Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules; Styles is defending his WWE Championship against Rusev, and Nakamura is challenging Jeff Hardy for the United States Title. Before they get to Pittsburgh this Sunday, however, they’ll have to write the latest chapter in their intense conflict. Who will emerge victorious – The Phenomenal One or The King of Strong Style? Find out tomorrow night on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!”
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— World Wrestling News (@WWENewsMafia) July 10, 2018
This will be Nakamura’s in-ring return after he was recently bit by a police dog prior to a WWE Live Event two weeks back.
Nakamura then wasn’t cleared to compete at that Live Event and wasn’t cleared to compete the next night on SmackDown Live either (where he was scheduled to face Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship) as he had a very sore leg from the dog bite.
The police dog was brought backstage at last night’s Live Event as a part of a pre-show security check. The dog sniffed Nakamura’s leg and bit him without being provoked.
Nakamura will face Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship this Sunday night at Extreme Rules 2018 PPV.
• WWE Hall of Famer Says He’s Not Retired
During a recent edition of Heated Conversations podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T noted that he’s not retired and could return to in-ring action.
Below is what he said:
“I never said I was retired. People ask me if I miss it and I tell them, no, but when people ask if they’re going to get one more match, I always tell them never say never because you never know what you’re going to do.”