WWE Smackdown: Jinder Mahal reigns supreme over AJ Styles, Randy Orton

AJ Styles Vs Jinder Mahal

AJ Styles Vs Jinder Mahal

This week on SmackDown Live we look towards Backlash, the blue brand's first Pay-Per-View since before WrestleMania 33.

Styles has Mahal set up perfectly for the Phenomenal Forearm when the Singh Brothers distract the referee.

-Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan. So will Orton be able to score a win ahead of Backlash? .

Sami Zayn 5/4 vs Baron Corbin 5/4. The lad sells a beating like a champ. Orton fended them off for a brief while but the numbers game caught but with Orton and Mahal went on to punish the champion before hitting the Khallas to end the show.

Dasha Fuentes is backstage with Sami Zayn, who has an announcement. Styles vows to beat Owens and bring the title back to the USA.

This feud is, more than anything, a means to introduce Shinsuke to the main audience, and I'm sure he'll move on to bigger and better things after this PPV.

Jinder Mahal has other ideas though as he is taking on AJ, tonight. This was to make the six-woman tag team match official for this Sunday's Backlash.

After Charlotte was drafted to Smackdown, she demanded a title shot.

Non-Title: Carmella (with Natalya, Tamina, & James Ellsworth) def. Naomi (with Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch) by roll-up after Naomi is distracted by a brawl on the outside.

Beginning as a joint effort to eliminate Charlotte, the trio has also attacked women's champion Naomi, leaving Becky Lynch to choose a side.

After the match, The Usos came out and trash talked Breezango again, reading them their rights and promising, "It's not paranoia, it's The Usos". Whenever it is they actually show up.

-Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. Two top superstars fighting for this belt instantly hands a huge amount of prestige and value to it. Styles hit him with a series of kicks then went for the Styles Clash, but Mahal blocked it. Styles with a series of strikes but the Singh Brothers distracted him, and Mahal sent him into the ropes and a running knee strike for 2.

Corbin has dominated numerous superstars he's been in the ring with, it'll take a lot for Orton to make sure he's fresh going into Monday's title match. His gimmick, which has seen him crying on-screen is, according to rumours, a dig at ex-WWE announcer Mauro Ranallo - if that is the case, then the company should be utterly ashamed of themselves. To be honest, this is more likely a rivalry to keep Styles away from the WWE Championship for the time being.

Thanks for watching along and we will see you next time.

Renee Young wants Randy Orton's take on the WWE Universe's reaction to Jinder Mahal. And if Orton and Mahal stink up the place this Sunday night - which is highly likely - then this will be the third bad match Orton has taken part in on three consecutive PPVs, which is quite the achievement. Yeah, I know what I did.

Tonight on SmackDown Live, AJ Styles faces Jinder Mahal.

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