SmackDown Recap: Jinder Mahal Pins Randy Orton

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The first match is between Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal for the WWE championship. In the main card, AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Sami Zayn squared off with Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens, while in another fight Becky Lynch took on Natalya. Corbin starts warning everybody about his championship pursuits, but he is attacked by Sami Zayn, who was attacked by Corbin two weeks ago on Talking Smack.

End of the story? In the mayhem, Styles attacked Owens, while Mahal with the help of the Singh brothers escaped Orton's clutches. Which made for the flawless setup for a main event later in the night. Last week, Natalya and Carmella defeated Naomi and Charlotte with some underhanded tactics, and Becky Lynch aligned herself with Naomi and Charlotte. With Tamina and Carmella in her corner, it looked like the lass-kicker would need to have several eyes in the back of her head that night, an ringside shenanigans became an increasingly likely possibility.

Former disciple clashed with diehard believer last night, as Luke Harper took on a leaderless Erick Rowan on Smackdown LIVE.

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Harper seems to have the match in his favor when Rowan grabs his sheep masks.

Dolph Ziggler confronted Shinsuke Nakamura inside the ring. With Backlash 2017 just under two weeks away, though, that's no longer the case. But the artist was wary of the show-off, as he countered with some strong style of his own and sent Ziggler packing.

After the match, The Usos interrupt the celebration to cut an intense and odd promo about how they are going to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Backlash.

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The victory was short-lived however, as The Usos chose to paly some mind games with Breezango.

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This week's Smackdown Live was pretty good, considering they phoned it in all the way from the U.K. These Euro RAW and Smackdowns are always a little weird and very uneventful, but this episode ended up being slightly better than what we usually get when they go tape TV across the pond.

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Randy Orton kicks off tonight's show.

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