SmackDown LIVE continued to prove why it is most certainly the land of opportunity, as six of its brightest stars, from before and after the Superstar Shake-up, laid it all on the line to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship in a Six-Pack Challenge.
Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Mojo Rawley and Jinder Mahal were relentless in their pursuit of the proverbial golden ticket to Team Blue glory. Following a flurry of activity and close calls, Mahal came out on top, pinning Zayn to become theNo. 1 contender to the WWE Championship at Backlash thanks to a shocking assist from the Singh Brothers, also known as The Bollywood Boyz.
After the contest, the new No. 1 contender berated the WWE Universe for not accepting him. He was soon interrupted by WWE Champion Randy Orton, who hit the ring to congratulate Mahal … and then tell him that his prize for winning the Six-Pack Challenge wouldn’t be becoming the next WWE Champion, but feeling the effects of an RKO.
Mahal cautiously exited as The Viper directed his attention toward Bray Wyatt and their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback. Before long, Orton was joined by The Reaper of Souls on the TitanTron, where he promised The Apex Predator that he would get more than he could ever imagine at the House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback.