Chris Jericho’s surprise return on SmackDown was decided last minute according to comments on his recent podcast. He was in the area filming Southpaw Regional Wrestling and working on his podcast before getting talked into appearing on SmackDown.
The July 25 SmackDown opened with Jericho’s return. He then entered a triple threat match that included United States Champion Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. In on the best SmackDOwn matches of the year, Styles left with the title.
It’s not known when Jericho will return to WWE full-time as he’s working on plenty of outside projects.