Randy Orton hit his Grand Slam, and now Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal are looking to make the steal.
The Apex Predator will defend his hard-won United States Championship at WrestleMania against both the Superstar he took it from and the Superstar who’s been waiting in the wings for months. Even as Orton emerged as the challenger to then-champion Roode in a rivalry spawned from the first-ever SmackDown Superstar Top 10 list, Mahal — furious over not having been voted onto the rankings in the first place — claimed victories over both men. The Modern Day Maharaja made sure he wouldn’t be forgotten, either, dropping Orton moments after he dethroned The Glorious One at WWE Fastlane to win his first United States Title and become a Grand Slam Champion.
Now, with Roode waiting for a rematch and The Modern Day Maharaja refusing to be overlooked, SmackDown LIVE management split the difference and sanctioned a Triple Threat Match between champion, former titleholder, and potential usurper of both for The Showcase of the Immortals. This rivalry may have begun over a Top 10, but come April 8, there will only be one left standing.
Prediction: Randy Orton to retain, he’s only just won the title, I would like to see him keep it awhile