WWE Smackdown Live: Charlotte Flair and Jinder Mahal earn title matches
UPI News Service, 04/19/2017
Two new arrivals from Monday Night Raw, Charlotte Flair and Jinder Mahal made their mark on Smackdown Live Tuesday by earning title matches in their respective divisions.
Flair kicked things off by announcing how upset she was at not being granted a title match against Naomi for her Smackdown Women's Championship since coming to the blue brand last week as part of the Superstar Shake-up.
Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon then made a match between the two stating that if Flair wins, she will then get to face Naomi with the championship on the line next week.
The ensuing bout featured The Queen dominating Naomi for most of the match and coming out victorious after blocking The Rearview and landing a Natural Selection for the three count. Flair now has the opportunity to become the first woman to have held both the Raw and Smackdown Women's Championships.
For Mahal, he earned a future WWE Championship match against new title holder Randy Orton after he defeated Raw transplant Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Mojo Rawley in a Six-Pack Challenge Match.
After a number of near-falls and close three counts, Mahal won the match after he received help from The Bollywood Boyz of NXT and 205 Live as they helped Mahal defeat Zayn.
Upon winning, Mahal gave a passionate speech towards the WWE Universe about how they have never accepted him. Orton then came to the ring to confront his future opponent stating, "You've won the jackpot, but your prize won't be this title."
Also on Smackdown, former Raw team Primo and Epico Colon defeated American Alpha, United States Champion and new Smackdown addition Kevin Owens successfully started his Face of America Open Challenge against an independent competitor named Gary Gandy and AJ Styles defeated Baron Corbin via count out in the main event.
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