At WWE Battleground, The Great Khali made a surprise return to the WWEhelping out Jinder Mahal to retain his WWE Championship in a brutal Punjabi Prison Match defeating Randy Orton. The New Day won their first WWE SmackDown Live tag team championship beating the USOS while Kevin Owens won back the United States Championship won AJ Styles in controversial circumstances. Natalya overcame four other women’s superstars to become the number one contender for the women’s championship.
Jinder Mahal retained the WWE Championship after a brutal Punjabi Prsion match with the help of none other than the creator of the Punjabi Prison Match, the Great Khali. Orton and Mahal gave their everything as they looked to climb out of the first cage. When they managed to do so, the Singh brothers, who had earlier stated that they will not take be by Mahal’s side got themselves involved and stopped Orton from climbing out and helped Mahal in a big way. Orton though took care of the Singhs. Samir found himself on the outside, 15 foot high on the cage and took a spectacular bump on to the announcer’s table. Sunil got his qouta of punishment with a steel chair in hand. Orton’s path was clear after he decimated Mahal with the steel chair but as soon as Orton started to climb, Mahal’s music hit and in walked The Great Khali. Khali shook the cage and Orton had to retreat. Khali then grabbed Orton by the throat allowing Mahal to climb out and retain the title.