WWE SmackDown September 1, 2023, Preview & Match Card

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WWE SmackDown episode of September 1, 2023, will be the go-home edition for WWE Payback 2023 and will also feature the return of John Cena. 

Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar of the LWO will face Grayson Waller & Austin Theory in a tag team match. Jimmy Uso will be live this Friday as revealed by Paul Heyman two weeks ago. Moreover, John Cena’s WWE return is also announced. Read below to check the complete preview and match card of WWE SmackDown September 1, 2023.

John Cena Return

John Cena will be returning to WWE for the first time since Money in the Bank 2023 event in London. While he was announced for just one appearance on this particular episode earlier, he is set to have a run of two months beginning this Friday. However, what will be his agenda during this run is not cleared yet. Will the leader of Cenation start a new feud with someone or will continue his rivalry with Austin Theory or Grayson Waller?

Jimmy Uso Segment

Two weeks ago, Paul Heyman revealed that Jimmy Uso would appear live next week. However, Jimmy Uso’s segment was nixed from the previous week’s SmackDown as it revolved around Bray Wyatt & Terry Funk. But, now he will return this Friday for the first time since Jey’s departure. What does Jey has to say? 

Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar vs Austin Theory & Grayson Waller

Last week on SmackDown, Rey Mysterio defeated Grayson Waller in a singles match. However, Austin Theory interfered in that match which broke Mysterio’s momentum. As a result, Santos Escobar came to Mysterio’s aid and attacked Theory. This sequence leads to a tag team match on September 1 episode

What Else to Expect?

Iyo Sky defeated Zelina Vega to successfully retain the WWE Women’s title last week. Who awaits her next as the challenger?

The Street Profits took a detour to NXT this week. Will they continue their attempts to takeover Smackdown also?

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