WWE Rumors 2017: Jinder Mahal to Defend Title From Two Men?

After all, after SmackDown Live this week, there was a brief segment on the WWE Network in which Corbin attacked Shinsuke Nakamura with the Money in the Bank briefcase, only for John Cena to come to Nakamura's defense and beat up Corbin, throwing him into the commentary table. While the WWE Universal Championship card has been confirmed, rumors surface that Jinder Mahal's fight to keep his WWE Championship title could be against not one, but two top-ranked wrestlers. The WWE may have over-hyped this match just a little by repeatedly calling it a dream match, but they did get the crowd chanting "This is awesome!", which is not easy to do. This means Raw and SmackDown Live will be represented at the show. Mahal will now be defending his WWE Championship against Nakamura at SummerSlam on August 20.

After a few topsy turvy weeks of the United States championship hanging hands between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens, last night saw Owens invoke a rematch clause to reclaim his treasured title.

United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) def. Kevin Owens by roll-up despite Kevin Owens' shoulder being up.

Something happened in this match that I've very rarely seen: John Cena lost clean.

Owens said he wants a referee that won't get knocked out by a gust of wind, and Bryan named Shane the referee for the title match at SummerSlam.

An irate Owens was granted a rematch, but he wanted a competent referee for the bout. Seemingly blinded, the referee still counted to three and declared Styles the victor despite Owens having his shoulder up.

At Battleground, Natalya defeated Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Tamina, and Lana to become the new #1 Contender for the SmackDown Women's Championship and she will face Naomi for the title at SummerSlam. Mahal's extended title reign had a lot to do with WWE's expansion plans in India, but with New Japan Pro Wrestling's successful show recently in the US, Nakamura's elevation can be looked at as WWE's plans to push for their Japanese fan base; and for that Nakamura winning the WWE title seems a logical conclusion. Both superstars were the top stars in their respective companies, but how could they ever meet in the squared ring when they were on separate worlds? It looked like no one would answer the call until voices were heard and Randy Orton appeared.

  • Marlene Weaver