Jinder Mahal Beats Randy Orton, Retains SmackDown Title at WWE Money in the Bank

Monday, June 19, 2017

Feed Source: WWE Bleacher Report

Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton in The Viper's hometown of St. Louis on Sunday at Money in the Bank to retain the WWE Championship.

The Singh Brothers indirectly helped Mahal keep the title. Orton busied himself taking the Singh Brothers out of the equation on the outside, which allowed Mahal to recover inside the ring:

Orton then returned to the ring and turned his attention to Mahal. Mahal, capitalizing on the distraction the Singh Brothers provided, quickly hit Orton with the Khallas and earned the pinfall.

WWE showed Mahal with his WWE Championship:

Both Uproxx's Brandon Stroud and Sporting News' Brian Fritz were somewhat put off by the continued emphasis the Singh Brothers' involvement received in the match:

Mahal and Orton first clashed at Backlash, and the result was one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, as The Maharaja prevailed thanks to help from the Singh Brothers to become the new WWE champion.

Weeks prior to that, Mahal emerged from seemingly out of nowhere to become No. 1 contender for the title when the Singh Brothers debuted and got involved.

That led to Mahal emerging as the top heel on SmackDown Live, and he cut numerous promos scolding American fans for booing him due to the fact that he looks and speaks differently.

Mahal even stole the WWE Championship and interfered in the House of Horrors match at Payback, allowing Bray Wyatt to defeat The Viper.

That gave Orton plenty of ammo entering Backlash, but the numbers game was too big of a deficit for him to overcome.

An infuriated Orton made it his mission to get the title back, as he referenced not wanting to let his family down, including his father, WWE Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton.

Despite Orton's newfound motivation, Mahal was undeterred, per WWE Universe on Twitter:

Although Mahal was primarily an enhancement talent in the years leading up to his title win, he has developed into a supremely confident Superstar.

His physique rivals any in the entire company, and he has become an international star due to his Indian roots.

After Mahal won the WWE Championship, the company played a montage of the mainstream media attention he received in India.

Due primarily to that, Mahal entered Money in the Bank as the favorite to retain regardless of the Apex Predator's incredible resume.

By virtue of his win, Mahal remains atop the food chain on SmackDown Live, but there is no shortage of potential contenders.

Assuming Orton is out of the title picture, Mahal is now a marked man for the likes of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and perhaps even a returning John Cena.


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