But, Orton has a big match tonight. He was expected to make his return during last night's show, but Rusev didn't appear last night for a specific reason. Mahal's promotion to championship status gives WWE fans on the Indian sub-continent a champion that they can identify with, and root for.
Well, who would have thought we'd ever see this day coming?
The show kicked off with USA champion Kevin Owen. Mahal vowed to be WWE Champion.
Jinder Mahal came down to the ring with the Singh brothers by his side to attack the champion.
Jinder Mahal won with the cobra clutch slam.
Mahal is truly bad on the microphone. Chris Jericho's "talk show" was the Highlight Reel, but Owens injured him a couple weeks ago. The current match card already features a star-studded lineup with multiple championships on the line including the United States title and WWE World Championship both up for grabs.
Baron Corbin, who is still looking to make a name for himself in WWE, will be his opponent. They said they look forward to showing off the tag team titles after Backlash. That way his feud with Mahal or Orton can begin without any interruptions. Fandango clotheslines Primo to the floor and hit Falcon Arrow to Epico for the win.
The Usos 4/6 vs Breezango 11/10.
All six participants for Monday's 6-woman tag team match will be in the ring at the same time for a contract signing tonight.
Right now, WWE is unsure on what they are wanting to do with Charlotte, whether she's a face or heel, but I'm under no impression that her "face" run on SD Live will last much longer.
The referee banned Carmella's partner, James Ellsworth from the ringside. The Welcoming Committee stared down Naomi, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch as they entered the ring. This allowed Carmella to roll Naomi up for the win.
The Showoff compares his accomplishments to those of Shinsuke Nakamura before their battle at WWE Backlash. Mahal went for a suplex, but Styles caught him with a shoulder block then a springboard forearm strike. He's been great promoting this match basically on his own and can truly be a standout player on the show if given the opportunity. Of course, this led to Corbin attacking him from behind.
The main event of the night witnessed Randy Orton squaring off against Baron Corbin. Moments later, The Viper strike with the RKO to pick up the win.
Speaking of Jinder Mahal, Mahal tonight is scheduled to have a match against AJ Styles. Epico almost gets a roll up with a fist full og tights, but Fandango kicks out. He ended Smackdown by posing with Orton's championship belt.