Cody Rhodes Being Promoted For Friday's WWE SmackDown In Puerto Rico

WWE announced on Twitter that "WWE Raw" Superstar Cody Rhodes will be on Friday night's episode of "SmackDown" ahead of Saturday's premium live event, Backlash. Rhodes has a match against Brock Lesnar at Backlash. The two have been feuding since the April 3 episode of "Raw," when Lesnar turned on Rhodes before a tag team main event against Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa.

The feud between Rhodes and Lesnar happened after night two of WrestleMania 39 when Rhodes nearly won the Undisputed WWE Championship from Reigns. At Backlash, it will be the first time that Rhodes and Lesnar will be facing each other in a singles match.

The last time that Rhodes was on "SmackDown" was the March 24 episode, where he defeated Imperium's Ludwing Kaiser at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Lesnar has not been announced for this Friday's show, it's interesting to note that the last time he competed in the ring on "SmackDown," was on October 4, 2019, when he shockingly defeated Kofi KingstonĀ in just seven seconds for the WWE Championship.

Also announced for Friday's "SmackDown," Shinsuke Nakamura will be facing Karrion Kross, while The O.C.'s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will be facing The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar). Bad Bunny is also scheduled to be at "SmackDown," which will be emanating from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bad Bunny is set to face The Judgment Day's Damian Priest in a street fight at Backlash.