WWE: Roman Reigns to return from injury on upcoming Smackdown show

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Roman Reigns appeared via satellite link at WWE's recent Survivor Series to update fans on when they could expect to see him back in the ring.

Teasing the WWE Universe with a fairly vague response the fan favorite noted that he was planning on making his long-awaited comeback 'sometime in December.'

It left fans guessing as to which show would herald the return of the former Shield member but now, thanks to one venue in Michigan, we now know exactly when we can expect to see Reigns back on our TV screens.

Big event comeback

As reported by Wrestlezone, the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI has recently advertised Roman Reigns on the bill for the December 16th Smackdown taping set to take place at the venue.

The live broadcast, which is part of WWE Week on the USA Network, seems likely exactly the sort of high profile event in which to usher in the return of a man many believe is the WWE's Heavyweight Champion in waiting.

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Earlier reports had suggested that it would be the later December 30th recording of Smackdown that would play host to Roman Reigns' return but it appears that the powers that be have brought forward the wrestler's return in line with the historic event of a live Smackdown broadcast.

Comeback trail

Reigns hasn't wrestled since requiring a emergency hernia operation on the eve of the WWE's  Night of Champions pay-per-view way back in September. 

WWE's original prognosis slated Reigns for a comeback within six weeks of the surgery but fans have been unable to see their man in the ring for almost three months now as he underwent the necessary rehabilitation.

As such, the news that, as it stands, there are just 14 days to go until we can officially welcome back Roman Reigns to the WWE will certainly go down well in the wrestling community.

Whether John Cena feels the same after Reigns' recent criticism of the verteran is another question.

The announcement by The Van Andel Arena does note that "Talent is subject to change."

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