After this past week’s episode of SmackDown Live had gone off live television, a surprising match took place where the WWE Championship was defended by Jinder Mahal. The “Modern Day Maharaja” hadn’t been included in the latest tag team match involving his rival Shinsuke Nakamura during the televised episode. In fact, he and his henchmen were never shown on television. However, the fans in attendance at the Grand Rapids, Michigan show were treated to a rather interesting Triple Threat match with Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship on the line. The champ was also up against two notable superstars on the roster.
As reported by WrestleZone‘s Bill Pritchard, the dark match took place after both WWE SmackDown Live‘s televised episode and 205 Live. The current champion Jinder Mahal was booked to defend his title against two other superstars: Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode. These two have been involved in a recent feud with Roode picking up a win over Ziggler at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view last Sunday night. In the non-televised bout that fans in attendance got to see, it’s no surprise that Jinder Mahal picked up the win. Otherwise. there would have been major breaking news crashing the internet about a brand new champion. There was none of that.
The current champ retained the championship belt by stealing the win. Basically, Bobby Roode had hit the “Glorious DDT” finisher on Dolph Ziggler, but Mahal was able to take advantage. He basically stole the pinfall and with that is still the WWE Champion. That said, Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers were not part of the televised episode of SmackDown Live, which left some people scratching their heads. One would think after a successful title defense at Hell in a Cell 2017 that Jinder would make an appearance to brag about his victory.
It was said that all three superstars were originally scheduled to be in India this week so they could help promote WWE’s upcoming tour of India. That’s scheduled for December of this year, with Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers expected to be there. With all that said, it’s looking like unless something big happens at SmackDown or the upcoming Survivor Series 2017 pay-per-view, Mahal will probably arrive in India still the WWE Champion.
However, the recent Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship could provide a clue into the future. Could this possibly mean that Bobby Roode is going to be the next superstar in a program with Jinder Mahal ahead of WrestleMania season? It would seem WWE is running out of opponents now that Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton have both come up short in their attempts to win the WWE Championship from Jinder. With John Cena involved in other things outside of WWE, it leaves few options but Bobby Roode would certainly be among the available choices.
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