The WWE Universe will bear witness to the in-ring return of John Morrison on next week's episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.

During this week's blue brand show, which took place on Friday, January 10th from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, Morrison appeared as a special guest on Miz TV with his former tag-team partner, The Miz.

It was announced during the segment that Morrison will be making his return to the squared circle next week, as he will go one-on-one against one-half of the reigning WWE SmackDown Tag-Team Champions The New Day -- Big E.

The match will mark the first competition for Morrison inside a WWE ring in over eight years.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown takes place next week on January 17th at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. Make sure to join us here at eWrestling.com on 1/17 for LIVE results coverage of the show.

Check out the official announcement regarding the John Morrison vs. Big E. match on next week's episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown below.