Shinsuke Nakamura Becomes Top Contender For WWE Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura will get another crack at WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.

The Japanese-born Superstar and former New Japan Pro Wrestling megastar Nakamura defeated Randy Orton on this week's Smackdown Live in the main event to become the number one contender to Mahal's Championship. You can see an excerpt of our live coverage below.

Randy is in control as we come back from commercial, having Shinsuke in a headlock before dropping across the top rope. Shinsuke comes back with a series of strikes before Randy goes for a draping DDT onto the floor, Shinsuke pushes him away before Randy drops him back first against the announce table. Randy rolls him back into the ring for a quick two count before putting him in a headlock once more. Shinsuke fights out of it before dropping Randy with a flurry of kicks. Shinsuke then hits double running knees in the corner for a near fall.

Randy catches Shinsuke on the top turnbuckle before hitting a superplex for a near fall before Shinsuke comes back with a series of knees, then goes for the Kinshasa, but Randy counters into a powerslam for a near fall. Randy hits a draping DDT before Shinsuke counters an RKO into an armbar and a triangle choke that Randy powers out of. Shinsuke counters another RKO into a backstabber before hitting the Kinshasa for the pin and the win.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall

While not announced, the rematch is planned for next month's WWE Hell in a Cell show, which will see the two compete in the show's namesake gimmick match. The storyline will revolve around the Singh Brothers having been involved in all of Jinder Mahal's Championship matches thus far. 

You can see's full, live coverage of this week's episode of WWE Smackdown Live at this link, and our post-show podcast at this link.

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