The No. 1 contenders for both the WWE and United States Titles clashed in the opening contest of SmackDown LIVE with The Singh Brothers by Jinder Mahal’s side and United States Champion Kevin Owens on commentary, keeping a keen eye on AJ Styles.
After a competitive clash, the numbers game proved to be slanted too drastically in Mahal’s favor, as The Singh Brothers distracted the referee, allowing KO to bolt from the commentary desk and nail Styles in the leg with his United States (of America) Championship. This led to Mahal connecting with The Khallas for the victory.
Two weeks removed from pinning the SmackDown Women’s Champion in a tag team match thanks in part to James Ellsworth getting involved, Carmella again stood toe-to-toe with Naomi fresh off their heated exchange from just moments ago.
It seemed as though the match took a turn in Naomi’s favor when Ellsworth, and later Tamina and Natalya, were ejected from ringside by the referee. However, before Natalya and Tamina exited, they rebelled and ambushed Charlotte and Becky Lynch, leading to Naomi becoming distracted and allowing “Princess Mella” to take advantage and roll her up for the win.
Looking to keep pace with Jinder Mahal after The Maharaja’s major win over AJ Styles earlier in the evening, WWE Champion Randy Orton faced off with one of SmackDown LIVE’s finest, Baron Corbin, in the main event.
The ultra-physical and competitive contest saw The Viper prevail with an RKO, but the story would not stop there. After the bout’s conclusion, Mahal hit the scene and attempted to distract Orton so that The Singh Brothers could blindside him. The Apex Predator initially fended off their attack, but the numbers game soon caught up to Orton when Mahal pounced and the three decimated him.
Mahal stood tall and raised the WWE Championship above his head … was it perhaps a sign of things to come this Sunday?
In other action … Kevin Owens hosted The Highlight Reel … Breezango def. The Colons … and The contract was signed for the Six-Woman Tag Team Match at WWE Backlash.