Wade Barrett will return to action during SmackDown's two-show tour of Tokyo, Japan at Ryogoku Kokugika next week.
Barrett has been sidelined since the February 20 RAW; he suffered a partially dislocated elbow while catching Dolph Ziggler, who was thrown out of the ring by Big Show during a battle royal. During his time away from the ring, Barrett shot a supporting role in the WWE Studios film Dead Man Down.
Matches announced for the August 9 show are a 2-1 Handicap Match for World Heavyweight Championship between Sheamus, Big Show and John Laurinaitis, a Triple Treat Match between Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Kane, Rey Mysterio vs. Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes, Santino Marella and Zack Ryder vs. Epico and Primo, Kelly Kelly vs. Natalya, Yoshi Tatsu vs. Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel vs. Jack Swagger and Ted DiBiase vs. Jinder Mahal.
Matches announced for the August 10 show are a Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Sheamus, Kane, Alberto Del Rio and Big Show, a Six-Man Tag Team Match featuring Randy Orton, Santino Marella and Zack Ryder vs. Epico, John Laurinaitis and Primo, Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan, Kelly Kelly vs. Natalya, Justin Gabriel vs. Wade Barrett, Yoshi Tatsu vs. Jack Swagger and Ted DiBiase vs. Jinder Mahal.
Philadelphia Daily News Entertainment reporter Dan Gross posted the following, noting that Wade Barrett was spotted at a Philadelphia restaurant last weekend… "WWE wrestler Wade Barrett was happy to sign autographs for a few young fans over dinner Saturday at Saloon (750 S. 7th)."
Barrett also took part in a meet and greet at the FCW show last Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. Barrett debuted a new look at the signing with much longer hair. He looks a lot different from the last time we saw him.