Over at their official website, WWE are now listing Rey Mysterio's long-awaited return for next week's Smackdown taping in San Diego, CA., (Rey's hometown, fittingly enough), as PWTorch.com notes in a recent update.
The charismatic Mysterio, one of the company's most popular stars, has been off WWE television since last August after injuring his knee during a program with frequent foe Alberto Del Rio.
The former World Heavyweight Champion is also coming off a much-talked about 60 day suspension for his second violation of WWE's drug policy in April. This development led to a great deal of speculation regarding his long-term future in the promotion,with many questioning whether or not WWE can continue to push him as a top star when he is on his second strike.
Combine this with his multitude of serious knee injuries in recent years, and Mysterio's long-term viability as a headliner in WWE looks decidedly suspect.
While these are valid concerns, the lack of popular and established main eventers on the roster may mean the company has no choice but to push Mysterio in the championship picture upon his return.
As bleak as it may sound, they simply do not have any other options at the moment.