Randy Orton spoke for the first time since WWE Backlash

The Viper addresses his rematch with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal in his hometown of St. Louis and promises he'll leave with his 14th world title, though The Modern-Day Maharaja lets it be known that he disagrees.

Randy Orton made his first appearance on SmackDown LIVE since his stunning WWE Championship loss to Jinder Mahal at WWE Backlash. The Viper was solemn and reflective as he spoke openly, both on his own career and of the greats who came before him in the squared circle, including his father, WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and his grandfather, Bob Orton, Sr.

Seemingly as focused as he’s ever been, The Apex Predator promised to right his wrong against Mahal and regain the WWE Championship in their rematch at WWE Money in the Bank in Orton’s hometown of St. Louis.

However, before Orton could leave, Mahal appeared on the TitanTron. Flanked by The Singh Brothers with an Indian flag behind him, Mahal pronounced that he would usher in The Golden Era of The Modern-Day Maharaja at WWE Money in the Bank.

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