Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hooray for Bollywood

Randy Orton addresses Jinder Mahal
Courtesy: WWE

By Kevin Hunsperger
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To say SmackDown Live this week was full of surprises would be an understatement. This is going to come off as a backhanded compliment, but I am trying to be sincere in my words. The Six-Pack Challenge for the number one contender to the WWE Championship was filled with men I would have never thought of in the main event scene. No offense to Mojo Rawley, Erick Rowan and Jinder Mahal, I just didn't have them on that level. But I am looking forward to seeing what's in store for Mahal.

"The Bollywood Boyz" help Jinder

The former member of 3MB won the challenge and will face the champ at the May event Backlash. I like that the Bollywood Boyz (I'm not sure that's what they'll be called on the main roster) helped Mahal pick up the win. The Indian Royal has never really been given a shot and actually has floundered a great deal since returning to WWE last year. The addition of the Boyz gives the SmackDown Live tag team division some new life as well.

Mahal beats Zayn
Courtesy: WWE
I don't expect Mahal to win the gold in his first attempt. But I do hope WWE Creative does something over the next month to build him up as a credible contender for the championship. SDL lost some big names to Raw in the Superstar Shakeup so the blue brand is in a rebuilding mode.  Not only did The Miz, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt all leave, but John Cena is on a break and Rusev is out injured. Development of new top tier guys is needed ASAP.

I had hoped AJ Styles would be named number one contender, but I'm looking forward to his battle with Kevin Owens (assuming he retains against Chris Jericho at Payback). There's also the assumption that Orton will beat Wyatt on the same card (still not sure why the SDL top belt is being defended on a Raw event). 

Once again I'll sit back and enjoy the ride and look forward to being live in the crowd at Money in the Bank. It's only two months away, but the entire complexion of the SDL roster could be completely different in that short time. 

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