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Jinder Mahal Becomes The Number One Contender, Will Wrestle For WWE Title At Backlash

On a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio, veteran pro-wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer said that several WWE personalities backstage are applauding Jinder Mahal for the work he's put in since returning to the WWE and his new, transformed physique. This was to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship at Backlash.

The ensuing bout featured The Queen dominating Naomi for most of the match and coming out victorious after blocking The Rearview and landing a Natural Selection for the three count.

Shane McMahon appeared on the ramp to announce a match between the two of them. Charlotte is now the number one contender for Naomi's SmackDown women's title.

Dolph Ziggler, Mojo Rawley, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Sami Zayn and Jinder Mahal faced off in a high-flying encounter for a chance to face Randy Orton at WWE Backlash next month. Even though the match consists of six Superstars, only one pinfall or submission is needed to win the match.

The logic behind pairing Jinder Mahal up with The Bollywood Boyz is that a clean win for Jinder in the six-pack challenge likely would have led to fan outrage. Mahal takes advantage to hit a Full Nelson slam on Zayn to pick up the surprising victory.

Naomi then entered and told Charlotte that she'd be happy to face her for the Women's Championship.


This was the first episode of Smackdown Live after some drastic changes were made to it during last week's Superstar Shakeup.

Primo kicked Jason Jordan in the face behind the referee's back, allowing Epico to complete a sunset flip for the pin.

AJ Styles again stole the show in Smackdown's main event by beating Baron Corbin.

- After the match, Mahal cut a promo about how great he is, and that he doesn't care if people don't like him.

Kevin Owens won with the pop-up powerbomb.

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