Jinder Mahal becomes No. 1 Contender for WWE Championship (Video)

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Jinder Mahal won a Six-Pack Challenge on SmackDown Live to become the new No. 1 Contender for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship

On Tuesday night’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live, one of the biggest happenings of the show was the crowning of the new No. 1 Contender for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship. To determine who would hold that distinction, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan cooked up a match. That bout to determine the No. 1 Contender would be a Six-Pack Challenge featuring Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Jinder Mahal, Mojo Rawley and Dolph Ziggler.

For the most part, it was clear that the crowd was behind the likes of Zayn and Harper. And as the action built to a climax, it looked as if the fans might get what they want. Zayn hit the exploder suplex into the corner on Mahal, leaving him blown up and in a heap. With his foe gassed in that position, Zayn set up for the Helluva Kick.

However, before Zayn could move, his ankles were grabbed from the outside. The Bollywood Boys of Cruiserweight Classic and 205 Live fame came out to help Mahal. Juiced up by the help of his friends, Mahal was then able to catch Zayn off guard and put him down for the 1-2-3.

No one saw it coming, but the move to SmackDown seems to have enhanced Mahal as he’s now the new No. 1 Contender:

After the match and a short promo about why everyone hated him, Orton came out to assess his newest opponent.

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Before they could really inject some life into the feud, though, Mahal and Orton were interrupted by a Bray Wyatt promo on the jumbotron. The safe bet would be that Mahal and Orton won’t see much action until Orton and Wyatt finally face one another.