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

18 May 2017

According to ShowBuzzDaily.com, this week's edition of WWE Smackdown Live, which was the go-home show for WWE Backlash, and featured Baron Corbin vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton in the main event, averaged 2.175 million viewers.

Styles will battle Kevin Owens for the U.S. Championship at WWE Backlash, live on Sky Sports Box Office at 1am on Monday morning. Styles earned a United States title opportunity when he beat Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat. The Singh brothers try to get involved, but AJ calls them out, unfortunately it's enough of distraction to allow Jinder to lay Styles out.

It's rough knowing Ziggler is going to do the job at Backlash and WWE probably has nothing planned for him after the fact.

"The King of Strong Style" Shinsuke Nakamura (who is now being introduced at live events as 'The Artist known as...') finally makes his in-ring debut for Smackdown, weeks after he debuted, when he randomly wiggled in on The Miz.

Fandango hits the Falcon Arrow on Epico, then he gets the pinfall while Primo is being held at ringside by Tyler Breeze. This allowed Carmella to roll Naomi up for the win. Once again, he says that it proves Orton has lost focus, and his wins over AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Randy Orton have all made him unstoppable.

Backstage - Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin: Announcing that McMahon has granted him a match against Corbin at Backlash, Zayn began ranting about why Corbin was scared of him.

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After the match, Jinder Mahal walks out and tells Orton he will destroy him.

The article mentions that the show is also unsure about Paige's status, who was suspended the day before Marie last August, and has been a continued source of controversy ever since.

Breezango have been really amusing in backstage fashion crime skits and are a genuinely entertaining team, and as nice as it is to see two talented guys get a shot, there's not much chance they beat The Usos at Backlash.

We're back with Corbin in control of Orton.

The SmackDown Live Welcoming Committee signed the contract for the 6-woman tag team match at Backlash along with their opponents Charlotte, Becky Lynch and SmackDown Live Women's Champion Naomi. He ended Smackdown by posing with Orton's championship belt.

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