NEW DELHI: WWE Champion and the ‘Modern Day Maharaja’ chose his stipulation for his second title defence against Randy Orton that will take place in the next SmackDown Live pay-per-view (PPV), WWE Battleground in Philadelphia on July 23.
After Randy Orton made his way out to the middle during this week’s SmackDown Live episode demanding a rematch for the WWE title, SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon sanctioned the match, but handed Mahal the advantage by letting him chose the stipulation for the match. Mahal announced that he will face Orton in a Punjabi Prison match.
There have only been two Punjabi Prison matches in WWE is considered one of the most unforgiving matches in WWE.
For starters, while matches like a Steel Cage, Hell in a Cell or even the Elimination Chamber typically trap a Superstar within one enclave, the Punjabi Prison surrounds them with two: First, four walls of bamboo that immediately surround the ring in the fashion of a traditional cage. Outside of that stands another, larger octagonal structure, topped with a series of razor-sharp bamboo spikes.
Former WWE Champion, The Great Khali is credited to bringing the match to the WWE and is named after the state Khali is billed from.
The first ever Punjabi prison match was between The Undertaker and Big Show at Great American Bash 2006. Khali was supposed to face Undertaker, but he was medial not cleared to compete and was replaced by Big Show. The second Punjabi Prison match was when The Great Khali faced Batista at No Mercy 2007