Tonight on SmackDown Live, the aftermath of the Backlash pay-per-view will be dealt with. Jinder Mahal will emerge after shocking the world and becoming the new WWE World Champion. Plus, Sami Zayn will arrive with a new sense of energy after having defeated Baron Corbin, and AJ Styles will presumably be frustrated due to the fact that he lost the United States Championship match because of a countout. SmackDown Live will air tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network, broadcast live from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Check back in at 8 for match results and spoilers, and read on for a preview of the night’s events.
Backlash on Sunday ended with the crowd in Chicago, Illinois being utterly shaken by the victory of Jinder Mahal. Overcoming impossible odds, Mahal went from being a complete joke to the number one contender to the WWE World Championship in just about a month, and he actually managed to take out The Viper on Sunday. Granted, this was mainly due to the interference of the Singh Brothers, something Randy Orton will likely stress on SmackDown Live this week. So when is Randy Orton going to get his rematch against Jinder Mahal? Is Orton going to be able to snatch back the title pretty soon, or are we looking at a lengthy Jinder Mahal title run here?
Another key match on Sunday was the United States Championship contest between Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. Styles looked like he had a solid chance of emerging victorious, but he ended up getting tangled in the electrical wires on one of the commentary tables. This meant he was not able to make it back to the ring before the ten count, and therefore Kevin Owens won. So how will AJ Styles react to his victory? Will he be given another shot against Owens? Or is that the end of Styles’ United States Championship pursuits?
Backlash also saw the in-ring debut of Shinsuke Nakamura, who defeated Dolph Ziggler in the first match of the show. However, Ziggler put up a fight and fared pretty well against Nakamura, even though he ultimately did not leave Chicago with the win. Now that Shinsuke Nakamura has shown the WWE universe what he’s got, who will step up and challenge him next? And what is to come of Dolph Ziggler? Speaking of putting up a good fight, Sami Zayn was able to take out Baron Corbin in a match at Backlash. Will this give Sami Zayn a much-needed push, and might he go after one of the titles sometime soon?
We’ll find out when SmackDown Live begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network.