WWE SmackDown ratings grow two percent against tough competition

Randy Orton's return to London could have gone a lot better

Owens brags about injuring Chris Jericho last week, and he says that after he retains the United States Championship against AJ Styles at Backlash, he is coming after the WWE Championship to become the Face of WWE. Another combo of finishers - starting with Sami Zayn's blue thunder bomb on Mahal, Corbin's Chokeslam Backbreaker on Zayn, AJ Styles' Pele kick on Corbin and RKO on Ownes by Orton was followed by the Camel Clutch Slam by Mahal on Orton to gain pinfall victory. Naomi instantly agrees while Charlotte agrees a little more reluctantly.

Erick Rowan defeated Luke Harper.

It's announced that Randy Orton will team with AJ Styles and Sami Sayn to take on Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal and Baron Corbin in the main event.

Bleacher Report posits that Owens will successfully defend his place, but that does not mean Styles will not put up a fight. Using pure power and sneaky thumb to the eye, Rowan bested his former brother and earned the pin.

That contest, in which Mahal was the least credible Superstar involved, ended with the No. 1 contender pinning Orton clean in the center of the ring for what was undeniably the biggest win of his career.

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Shinsuke Nakamura's reception almost blew the roof off The O2
Shinsuke Nakamura's reception almost blew the roof off The O2

Breezango vs. The Ascension up next with the Fashion Police prevailing. Out comes Nakamura. Nakamura challenged Ziggler to a match in London.

Finally, The Usos and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) will go head-to-head for the SmackDown tag team championship.

Dolph Ziggler confronted Shinsuke Nakamura inside the ring.

Taped promo - Rusev: Upset that commissioner Shane McMahon had not responded to his demand for a title match, Rusev said he would appear at SmackDown next week because being ignored was even worse than getting turned down.

Suddenly, the lack of credibility that had plagued Mahal earlier was diminished, his legitimacy increased ahead of his championship showdown with The Viper on May 21.

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