Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Booked For WWE SmackDown 1000

WWE has announced the first match for next week’s episode of SmackDown Live on the USA Network, which will be the 1000th episode of the blue brand. Rey Mysterio is slated to work his first match on SmackDown in years when he battles Shinsuke Nakamura in a world cup qualifying match.

WWE holds next week’s show in Washington, DC at the Capital One Arena. WWE is stacking the deck for the SmackDown 1000 show. In addition to an appearance by The Undertaker, WWE has confirmed that Batista and Ric Flair are returning for a reunion of the popular Evolution faction from the early 2000’s.

AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and Samoa Joe, as well as Charlotte Flair, Asuka, and Naomi vs. Becky Lynch and The IIconics, is being advertised.

Mysterio has made a few appearances for WWE this year as he worked the Royal Rumble in January and was also at April’s Greatest Royal Rumble from Saudi Arabia in April. He is featured as a pre-order bonus character for the WWE 2K19 video game that comes out this month. Mysterio recently signed a new 2-year deal with WWE. The agreement reportedly includes a stipulation that he can ‘give notice’ to the company at the 18-month mark.