WWE SmackDown results, review: Jinder Mahal built strong heading into Backlash

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As recently reported in the Inquisitr, Mahal then won a six-way battle to establish himself as the No. 1 contender for Randy Orton's WWE Championship title.

This is the last chance for Naomi and her team to get a win over The Welcoming Committee in some capacity before the six-woman tag match.

Below is last week's announcement on Rusev's return set for this week's episode. Mahal's promotion to championship status gives WWE fans on the Indian sub-continent a champion that they can identify with, and root for. Also at ringside sat Styles' upcoming Backlash opponent, United States Champion Kevin Owens who was providing guest commentary for the match. Just as he was introducing Mahal in French, Styles' music hit, and he said he'd be bringing the United States championship back to America. Mahal vowed to be WWE Champion.

Jinder Mahal says he found out the day before about being number one contender, but knew things could change.

Mahal is truly bad on the microphone.

In a characteristically antagonistic move, KO is hosting "The Highlight Reel" made famous by his former rival Chris Jericho. It was rough all around, in large part because no one had anything to talk about with Backlash so close.

Sami Zayn 5/4 vs Baron Corbin 5/4. That way his feud with Mahal or Orton can begin without any interruptions. Despite the mean streak from Colons, Fandango connected with a Falcon Arrow to pick up the win.

Post-match, The Usos walked out and cut a promo about how they wrestle for the Tag Team Titles.

Non-Title: Carmella (with Natalya, Tamina, & James Ellsworth) def. Naomi (with Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch) by roll-up after Naomi is distracted by a brawl on the outside.

Prediction: Becky, Charlotte and Naomi win- Charlotte turns on Naomi after the match.

The event is being marketed around the in-ring debut of Shinsuke Nakamura, who will face Dolph Ziggler in a match that could easily be one of the best seen in the WWE so far this year. Instead, he ran a package of his own highlights. 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.

Sami Zayn announced in a backstage promo that he would be facing Baron Corbin at this Sunday's Backlash PPV event. Corbin whips him into the corner and stomps away.

In another match, Randy Orton will lock horns with Baron Corbin in the final show prior to the PPV.

After the match, Jinder Mahal walks out and tells Orton he will destroy him. Epico almost gets a roll up with a fist full og tights, but Fandango kicks out.