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AJ Styles fights Jinder Mahal on ‘SmackDown Live’ tonight

KO on the other hand is just getting started, so it makes sense that he's an aggressive, arrogant figure in the ring.

Jinder Mahal continued his winning ways on Smackdown Live Tuesday as he defeated AJ Styles and laid out WWE Champion Randy Orton.

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In addition, a few weeks after officially taking Chris Jericho out of action, Kevin Owens tonight will be stealing Jericho's segment by hosting an episode of The Highlight Reel. Styles will probably find his way back into the WWE Title picture at some point this summer, meaning Owens has the better chance to get the win. The Maharaja asked Styles what the latter was doing as the former was supposed to be the guest on Owens' Highlight Reels. But when the fan favorite Nakamura was called up to the main show it wasn't really assumed that Ziggler would be the one to go after him. The duo was involved in a No. 1 contender's tag team match against Enzo Amore and Big Cass.

Baron Corbin, who is still looking to make a name for himself in WWE, will be his opponent. Styles earned a U.S. title opportunity when he beat Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat. Since the Welcoming Committee was also providing a distraction to Naomi, the official did the same to them, as well.

The Japanese star has been building up his feud with Dolph Ziggler since joining from NXT but it'll be interesting to see if there's a final twist tonight. The show ends with Mahal holding the belt over a prone Randy Orton. The referee then ejects Tamina and Natalya from ringside, but instead, they decide to attack Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

Sami Zayn announced in a backstage promo that he would be facing Baron Corbin at this Sunday's Backlash PPV event.

It was then that the Singh Brothers sneak-attacked the champ from behind. Back then, JBL was pushed to the main event apropos of nothing, in a similar way to Jinder's recent push. He hit Orton with a big boot for a near fall. Corbin continues the assault, not letting Orton get any room to breathe.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura picks up his first win in the WWE. Corbin connected with Deep Six for a near fall. [Image by WWE] Interestingly, the Rolling Stone article argues that Mahal is also being used to turn American "intolerance" to the company's advantage. Orton went for a DDT on the brothers but Mahal hit him from behind. Mahal hit Orton with The Khallas and held the title up high as the show ended. Be sure to subscribe to my podcast In This Corner with Brian Campbell where we break down everything you need to know each week.

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