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WWE Champion Jinder Mahal def. Randy Orton (Punjabi Prison Match)

PHILADELPHIA — Jinder Mahal left Randy Orton in ruins inside the Punjabi Prison at WWE Battleground to retain the WWE Championship, and he had some big help in achieving the task.

No, it wasn’t The Singh Brothers who enabled Mahal to escape the Prison to achieve the victory. The Modern-Day Maharaja’s trusted lieutenants were initially barred from entering the champion’s chosen battleground, and they met a grisly fate when they defied that mandate. Mahal’s help came in the form of his “personal hero” and the originator of the Punjabi Prison itself — former World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali.

The Punjabi Giant’s return didn’t come a moment too soon, either. Orton’s prediction that Mahal had blundered by locking himself in a cage with The Viper had proven to be incredibly prescient. Orton used every inch of the steel-enforced bamboo to accentuate his cruel intentions, and the best thing Mahal could say about failing to walk through three of the inner cage’s four doors in the allotted 60-second increments was that Orton had failed to do so as well.

The Modern-Day Maharaja only made it through Door No. 4 after The Singh Brothers emerged from under the ring and helped haul him, half-unconscious from an RKO, through the door. What followed was a literal race to the end, as a groggy Mahal attempted to climb the outer structure while Orton effortlessly scaled the inner cage and stepped over to the outside one, landing right next to the champion and instantly resuming the punishment.

The Apex Predator managed to get Mahal off the cage by slamming his head into it, and The Singh Brothers struck again, yanking the 13-time World Champion off the cage and feeding him into a knee from Mahal. The Viper once again dismantled Sunil & Samir, even punching the latter off the side of the structure and through the commentary table when Samir wormed his way through the holes of the cage and attempted to counter Orton’s ascent.

With Mahal down to one foot-soldier, a battered and bruised Orton went to work with a steel chair, lacing into The Maharaja and Sunil Singh with impunity. Now with a clear path to the outside, Orton began his exit — and then The Great Khali made his entrance. The 7-foot-1 titan shook the entire structure with bare hands, causing Orton to nearly fall from the top. Khali then wrapped his massive hand around The Viper’s neck and refused to let go.

Mahal paused only to sneer in the ensnared Orton’s face before continuing his descent down the structure to the floor for the win. With his championship in hand, his country behind him and a giant at his side, Mahal came to Battleground with a prison to his name. Before this is all over, he may well end up with an empire.