Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE United States Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev
What we learned: Well, we learned here that you can’t quite hinder the Jinder just yet. After a forgettable run with the WWE Championship last year, which I still can’t believe was ever a thing, Jinder Mahal is back in the mid-card where he belongs but has now claimed a big spot there as well after winning this Fatal 4-Way for the United States Championship, even if that’s not what the crowd wanted to see.
This match did not have the flow that the opening match did. There was a lot of one-on-one here as two would take breaks on the outside, which is how a lot of these types of matches play out. After two great matches to start, this one fell a little flat, and the crowd wasn’t particularly invested for much of it.
Bobby Roode was never much of a factor here, and that’s unfortunate for his first WrestleMania match, which is strange enough in itself after all of those years in TNA. Randy Orton did wake up the crowd a bit with his string of RKOs near the end of the bout, but the crowd was really wanting a Rusev win here. He was easily the most over guy in the match, and I thought he was in for a nice WrestleMania moment but he was the one to take the pin as Jinder Mahal left with another title, which is technically another belt won for him from Randy Orton. All of his title wins have come at the expense of The Viper. This wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.
What’s next: So Randy Orton now has an automatic rematch coming. Does that mean we’re going to get another Orton-Mahal feud? Well, it was last year at WWE Backlash that Jinder Mahal first beat Orton for the WWE Championship, so I suppose it would be fitting for them to meet there again, even if nobody really wants that to happen. It would be a shame for Roode to drop back down the card after having so much momentum over the last few months, but perhaps he and Rusev can start something up on their own to give them something to do for a while. I’d love to see Roode head to Monday nights and battle Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship.