The Modern Day Maharaja triumphed against The Viper in the challenger’s hometown of St Louis, Missouri thanks to the self-sacrifice of his henchmen the Singh Brothers.
Mahal dominated much of the match, doing his best to silence a hot crowd with a methodical approach to dismantling Orton’s left knee.
When Orton finally managed to hit his deadly RKO, the Singh Brothers were on hand to place their leader’s foot on the bottom rope, ensuring he survived a pinfall attempt.
The referee sent Gurvinder and Harvinder to the back, but they had another idea and confronted a group of legends sat in the front row, including Randy’s dad, ‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton.
After laying their hands on the WWE Hall of Famer, the Apex Predator lost his mind and gave them a beating as severe as the one he dished out at Backlash.
One was annihilated on the announce table and took a ringside RKO, while the other fell to a ferocious leaping RKO through another table, in a spectacular spot.
But Jinder was waiting and he nailed Randy with his Khallas slam, before cutting an intense promo on Talking Smack, when he boldly claimed he is only booed because of the colour of his skin.
The outcome makes sense as the duo are rumoured to be meeting again at Battleground next month in the returning Punjabi Prison match.
The men’s Money In The Bank (MITB) ladder match which closed the show was a sterling effort showcasing a mixture of unbelievable athleticism, shocking bumps and enthralling drama.
Baron Corbin attacked Shinsuke Nakamura on his way to the ring, seemingly taking him out of the bout, before looking to assert his superiority over the remaining four men.
He hit an impressive Deep Six on Dolph Ziggler on the outside, who throughout showed fans what they will be missing if, as rumoured, he takes a break from WWE to wrestle in Japan.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens resumed their bitter rivalry, with Zayn tossing Owens off a turnbuckle onto a ladder, and later destroying him with a brutal apron-based suplex.
In the meantime the Underdog from the Underground also hit a crazy sunset flip powerbomb off the top of the ladder on Dolph, only for AJ Styles to thwart him with a Phenomenal Forearm.
Owens took an unhealthy amount of punishment as AJ also gave him an AA on a ladder, before grasping the briefcase high above the ring, until Ziggler kicked a ladder out from beneath him.
He plummeted to the mat in a staggering spot, leading to Corbin having the ring all to himself, before Shinsuke re-emerged to a huge ovation from the crowd and worked his magic.
Nakamura dealt out Kinshasa running knees to all and sundry until he and his former NJPW foe Styles locked eyes either side of a ladder and fought in a thrilling exchange.
The sensational sequence – teasing what must surely be a SummerSlam or WrestleMania showdown – ended when Corbin shoved both men off the top of a ladder and grabbed the briefcase.
Baron has steadily improved and confounded expectations since graduating from NXT and having this briefcase can only help take him to another level over the coming months.
The first ever women’s MITB ladder match opened the show and was a good contest, which was either marred or made very memorable (depending on your viewpoint) by a controversial conclusion.
Tamina looked dominant at the outset, catapulting Natalya into a ladder, and eventually waged one hell of a physical battle with Charlotte Flair, who speared her into steel steps.
Flair then leapt off the top turnbuckle and hit her corkscrew moonsault on Tamina and Natalya, before the attention turned to Becky Lynch and Carmella, aided by James Ellsworth.
Lynch powerbombed The Princess of Staten Island and went in search of the briefcase, but Ellsworth tipped her off a ladder, and shockingly climbed up himself, to seize the prize
He tossed the briefcase down to Carmella, meaning the infuriating heel succeeded in the most distasteful way possible. On the one hand, that is surely mission accomplished.
But should the inaugural female MITB ladder match, a historic moment built up for weeks on end as the next step in WWE’s women’s evolution, effectively have been won by a man?
The Kickoff pre-show saw the returning Zack Ryder shine. He showed no ill-effects as a result of his surgically repaired left knee and he and Mojo Rawley made short work of The Colons.
Lana also put in a decent performance in her singles debut against Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, a fairly uneventful encounter, which the champion won by submission after Carmella came out to lay down a marker and distracted the Ravishing Russian.
Meanwhile an impromptu match saw Fashion Police funnymen Breezango survive a beatdown from The Ascension to win a tag team clash thanks to a quick roll-up by Fandango.
A cool moment saw Maria Kanellis made her return to WWE, accompanied by her husband Mike Kanellis (aka Mike Bennett), and a saccharine ‘80s power ballad.
She said they wanted to educate everyone about the power of love and kissed after rubbing noses in a sickeningly sweet promo made all the better by John Bradshaw Layfield observing in awe on commentary: “He took her last name.”
That left a top notch tussle over the SmackDown tag team titles, as The New Day and The Usos pulled out all the stops to have fans on the edge of their seats, ahead of another controversial finish.
Jimmy and Jey teamed up to great effect to isolate Kofi Kingston, but eventually found themselves in trouble thanks to the power of Big E, and his combination of suplexes and spears.
Kofi nearly made Jey submit with a triangle choke hold, then hit SOS for a great two count, before Jimmy just saved Jey following a Big Ending, promoting loud boos.
Kingston acrobatically took down his opponents on the outside, before The New Day connected with Midnight Hour, only for Jimmy to make another last minute save.
The Usos retreated to the timekeeper’s area and left with their belts, meaning The New Day won by count out, but the titles remained around the waist of the Samoan duo.
1. The Hype Bros defeated The Colóns in a tag team match
2. Carmella (with James Ellsworth) defeated Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Tamina and Becky Lynch in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match contract
3. The New Day defeated The Usos (c) by count out in a tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
4. Naomi (c) defeated Lana in a singles match to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
5. Jinder Mahal (c) (with The Singh Brothers) defeated Randy Orton in a singles match to retain the WWE Championship
6. Breezango defeated The Ascension in a tag team match.
7. Baron Corbin defeated AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in a Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE Championship match contract
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