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WWE Battleground 2017 Result, the Great Khali returns after three years

What will happen when the SmackDown Live superstars put on their war paint, ready for battle?
Updated: 24 July 2017 12:10 IST - Published: 25 July 2017 05:02 IST
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WWE Battleground 2017 Results:

Kickoff Show:

Aiden English defeated Tye Dillinger

Main card:
The New Day defeated The Usos to become the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Baron Corbin by DQ
Natalya defeated Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Lana, and Tamina to become the #1 contender to the SmackDown Women's Championship
Kevin Owens defeated AJ Styles to become the NEW United States Champion
Sami Zayn defeated Mike Kanellis
Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton in the Punjabi Prison match to RETAIN the WWE Championship
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And in case you forgot, we broke the story about Great Khali's return before the show. This is another gentle reminder that you should stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all of your professional wrestling needs. 
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Say what you want about the show, but deus ex machina is the most powerful storytelling tool in professional wrestling, and the WWE just wielded it to perfection. 
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Orton then destroys Sunil Singh and Mahal; he then proceeded to exit the cage, but Sunil grabs him by the leg. Orton shakes him off and tries to exit when an entrance theme begins to play. It's the Great Khali — the kayfabe creator of the Punjabi Prison Match. He returns for the first time in three years. Khali holds Orton in a vice grip while Mahal taunts the Viper and then exits the cage. What a turn of events !!!!

Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship
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Orton attempts to scale the cage, but Samir meets him at the top. The Viper then punches a hole in Singh, who goes crashing through the announce table!!!!
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The Singh Brothers then interfere and drag Mahal through the door. Mahal then begins to climb the outer structure and gets fairly close to the top when Orton leaps onto the outer structure. Jinder attempts to attack Orton, but he takes a tumble for his troubles. 

It looks like Orton will win, but the Singh Brothers hold him down while Mahal attacks him. The Viper then destroys the Maharaja's cronies, but Mahal nails him with a Kendo stick. Mahal then attempts Khallas but Orton blocks and regains the upper-hand. He then gets retribution by smashing Mahal with the same Kendo stick.  
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Randy Orton then starts to flow; he hits the powerslam and begins to hear voices inside his head. He calls for the fourth door to be opened and sets up for an RKO, but Jinder Mahal counters with a knee. The Maharaja then attempts to hit Khallas, but Orton counters and hits the RKO with all the suddenness of a lightning strike. 
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Orton looks to be in control, but Jinder Mahal reverses a rope-hung DDT. However, Mahal isn't in the ascendancy for long as Randy Orton chains together a flurry of offence. The Viper then calls for the third door to be opened, and it looks like he's on the verge of escaping, but Mahal attacks the left arm of Orton and thwarts the Apex Predator. 
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Both men come close to escaping through the second door, but it is also closed for good. Orton tries to tee off on Mahal, but the WWE Champion latches on to the cage and attempts to climb out of the inner structure. Needless to say, he is thwarted by Randy Orton. 
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Mahal manages to get on top of Orton, and he begins to target Orton's left arm. He manages to inflict some damage on the Viper and then calls for a door to open. 
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Jinder Mahal immediately calls for a door to be opened, but Orton cuts him off and the sixty seconds lapse without much incident. One of the four doors has been shut permanently.
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It's becoming more and more evident that it is going to be impossible to watch this match because of the structure.  
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Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton — Punjabi Prison Match for the WWE Championship

Jinder Mahal is out first, but there is almost no heat from this audience. These men have their work cut out for them. Randy Orton is grabbing the cage and almost gauging it's tensile strength. No time for psychology here, I'm afraid. They just have to hit the ground running. 
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The Punjabi Prison match is up next. We get a poor promo package that is bound to put the audience to sleep.   
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Both men trade offence, but Kanellis is largely on top thanks to a hand from his more talented wife. However, Zayn eventually grabs the momentum and hits a suicide dive. He then connects with a Blue Thunder Bomb, but his attempts to connect with an exploder are foiled by Maria's interference. Kanellis attempts to take advantage and hoists Zayn in a fireman's carry, but the former NXT Champion fights out of it and hits an exploder followed by a Helluva Kick to hand Kanellis a loss in his pay-per-view debut.

Sami Zayn defeated Mike Kanellis

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Mike Kanellis vs. Sami Zayn

It looks like we are going to have some filler before the main event, and can you believe that El Generico has been thrust into this situation? This is what incompetent booking can do to people. 

Kanellis makes his PPV debut against WWE's resident underdog.
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Breezango are still looking for the people who murdered their toy horse. The Ascension turn up and attempt to take credit, but Breezango claim that Viktor and Konor have an alibi. The Ascension then turn around and leave, but the lights go out and Breezango are taken out. The mystery continues. 
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Cena then attempts to crawl to the podium, but Rusev attacks him and locks in the Accolade. Rusev almost has the match won, but Cena staves off defeat at the last moment. Cena then stops Rusev from locking in another Accolade and puts the Bulgarian Brute through the tables — which Rusev set up earlier. He then takes his time to plant his flag. The Cenation rejoice as their leader leaves Philadelphia with another W to his name.

John Cena defeated Rusev
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Rusev eventually connects with a fallaway slam to gain a measure of control. He then sets up a pair of tables near the American podium. Rusev then taunts Cena and attempts to put him through the table with an AA, but it doesn't work.