It looks like WWE Champion AJ Styles has been cleared to return to action as WWE just announced that he will defend his title in the opener of tonight’s SmackDown episode. The match was preempted the past two weeks after Styles sustained a minor ankle injury during a match with Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC two weeks ago.
Styles was scheduled to return to action at this Monday’s WWE live event at Madison Square Garden in a triple threat match against Ambrose and John Cena. He was also announced to defend his title against Dolph Ziggler at next week’s SmackDown Live.
WWE also announced that The Miz will defend his Intercontinental Title against Apollo Crews on tonight’s show.
The updated line-up for tonight’s SmackDown looks like this:
* James Ellsworth vs. WWE Champion AJ Styles
* Apollo Crews vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz
* Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper
* Wild Card Triple Threat to Crown New #1 Contenders: Tyler Breeze vs. Konnor vs. Heath Slater