Backstage news regarding AJ Styles’ appearance on the May 29th 2023 edition of WWE RAW

As seen during the May 29th 2023 edition of WWE RAW, Smackdown’s AJ Styles made an appearance on the show. Styles teamed up with Seth Rollins to defeat Damian Priest and Finn Balor in the main event.

According to Mike Johnson of, Styles being added to RAW was a last minute creative decision. Johnson noted that Styles “was not originally slated for RAW and actually flew home upon returning to the United States on Sunday. So, if you were wondering if they planned all along to blow up the latest brand split, that’s a no.”

While it’s unknown if this was a Vince McMahon decision, Sean Ross Sapp of wrote on Monday night that “several talent have been told Vince has been making regular changes to WWE shows remotely, which they much prefer to him being backstage.”