Jeff Hardy and Paige Returning to WWE SmackDown This Week

WWE dropped major news during this week's Monday Night Raw — both Jeff Hardy and Paige will be returning to Friday Night SmackDown this week after long hiatuses. Paige will be there to confront SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley, while Hardy will be back for the first time since suffering a leg injury back in April 2019. No word yet on if he'll compete in a match.

Based on Paige's response on Twitter, it sounds like the announcement was a surprise to her.

Check out the full announcement below:

The former WWE Champion appeared on WWE Backstage last week, revealing that he had been cleared to return after entering rehab and was merely waiting for the green light from WWE Creative.

Meanwhile, Paige has been teasing the idea of coming out of retirement in various interviews.

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"You'd want to face the top person in the company and obviously that would be Becky [Lynch], so I'd want to face her," Paige said in an interview with Daily Mail back in January. "There's so many. I'd want to face Rhea Ripley. I'd want to face Candice [LeRae]. All the Four Horsewomen. I'd want to face everyone, bring them all on."

Check out the official card for WrestleMania 36 (so far) below. The event will take place on April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

  • WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre
  • WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns
  • John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
  • Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler
  • NXT Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair