Aiden English sang his song … briefly. Still enraged over his controversial losses to Jinder Mahal, Randy Orton came from out of nowhere and attacked English with a scintillating RKO. The Viper then grabbed a chair and made it clear he wasn’t going anywhere until he got what he wanted — a WWE Title Match with Jinder Mahal. After waiting throughout the duration of a commercial break and still not being met by Mahal’s presence, The Apex Predator began to borderline lose it, claiming that he would strike down upon every Team Blue Superstar if need be.
These aggressive statements from Orton brought SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon to the ring to try to reason with The Viper. Shane-O-Mac stressed that he could not hold up SmackDown LIVE and urged him to cease threatening Mahal’s family. Orton obviously did not take kindly to this, but soon heard some news that would at least temporarily alleviate his anger. Shane said that he believed what The Singh Brothers did at WWE Money in the Bank firmly crossed the line. So, although The Viper had already lost his guaranteed rematch, Orton would get another chance to challenge for the WWE Title because of the abnormal circumstances and personal nature of the rivalry. Per Shane, however, Mahal would have the privilege of picking a stipulation for the title bout.
With that, Mahal and The Singh Brothers arrived. Irate over Orton’s repeated threats, Mahal firmly stated that he would put The Viper out of his misery. The Modern-Day Maharaja said that he would never allow The Apex Predator to infiltrate his homeland, but he would bring his home to Orton when they squared off for the WWE Championship at WWE Battleground in the first Punjabi Prison Match in 10 years.
Prior to the match, Maria and Mike Kanellis hit the ramp to give the WWE Universe a demonstration in the power of love. However, before Mike and The First Lady of SmackDown LIVE could get into too much of a groove, they were interrupted by Sami Zayn, who was preparing to face off with Baron Corbin in hopes of scoring his fourth straight win over The Lone Wolf.
The two rivals combatted fiercely, with Zayn taking it to Corbin like he has in their previous encounters. However, Mr. Money in the Bank prevailed by dodging an airborne Zayn and catching his nemesis with a bone-jarring End of Days for the 1-2-3, as Shinsuke Nakamura observed the action from the backstage area.
After all the controversy and conjecture, all five Superstars in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match left it all out in the ring in their quest to become the new Ms. Money in the Bank.
Following dazzling and daunting displays of chance and athleticism, including vicious suplexes on the floor, ladders collapsing underneath them and Natalya and Charlotte brawling through the crowd, it was the recently banned James Ellsworth who dashed to the ring and attempted to have a repeat of WWE Money in the Bank and reward the briefcase to Carmella, but Becky Lynch prevented it.
The Irish Lass Kicker tossed Ellsworth off the ladder into a very compromising position and appeared as though she was bound to capture the Money in the Bank contract. However, the ever-resourceful Princess of Staten Island put the brakes on Lynch’s ascent, first seemingly injuring Lynch’s leg and then assaulting her with a steel chair, taking her out and climbing the ladder for the win to officially become Ms. Money in the Bank … again.
In other news … Daniel Bryan banned James Ellsworth from the arena … The Usos def. The Hype Bros … and SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi def. Lana.