The feud between Mahal and Orton dates back to April 2017 when Mahal first appeared on the SmackDown circuit as a result of the Superstar Shake-up. With help from the Singh Brothers, the Canadian managed to seize Orton’s WWE Championship belt before ultimately costing his rival a Payback victory as his interference led to a victory for Erick Rowan.
Despite the belt being returned to Orton by SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon, Mahal managed to get his hands on the prize at BackLash, before successfully defending the honour at the June edition of Money in the Bank, once again with the help of the formidable Singh Brothers. Following the fight, Orton claimed he was distracted by an attempted attack on his father, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, by the Singh Brothers, and demanded a rematch in an attempt to claim vengeance. Mahal accepted the challenge and opted to invoke the third ever Punjabi Prison match.
Having first sparked in April of 2017, Mahal and Orton’s rivalry is relatively new, but that doesn’t mean that either man will be willing to lose this title brawl. As the current holder of the WWE Championship belt, Mahal will be under pressure to perform well and retain the honour, however, with the Singh Brothers almost certain to lend the 30-year-old a helping hand, this could be a pretty one sided contest.
Despite the odds being against Randy Orton, WWE shocks are possible - just look at the Big Show’s defeat to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather at WrestleMania XXIV - and with a point to prove about not messing with his family, Orton will certainly want to come out all guns blazing. The 37-year-old has shared bad blood with a number of wrestlers during his time in WWE, including the Undertaker between 2005 and 2006, but the American has a tendency to land on his feet.
That said, age is not on the side of a wrestler who became the youngest heavyweight champion in WWE history when he claimed the belt at SummerSlam in 2004. The sudden emergence of Mahal, backed by the Singh Brothers, might mean that Orton could be forced to limp away with his tail between his legs, much like he has done on the last two occasions these two have crossed swords.
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