What is SmackDown Live doing? Tonight (Feb. 20) on the blue brand, the US title picture added a weird sidebar to an already murky story line and it mostly centered around a list.
Can the SmackDown top ten mean a lot and mean a little all at the same time?
To get under the skin of US champion Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal has been bugging him for the past few weeks about his personal SD Live top ten rankings.
Tonight, somehow/someway, Mahal got a hold of Roode’s top ten and revealed it to the world.
.@JinderMahal has secret to share for the @WWEUniverse: @REALBobbyRoode's very own #SDLiveTop10 List! #SDLive— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2018
Not only did Roode not rank Mahal anywhere on his list, he also “allegedly” slotted Tye Dillinger and Zack Ryder ahead of Randy Orton. Why is this important? Because Mahal has made Roode’s relationship with The Viper a key talking point.
February 21, 2018
When @RandyOrton's name is mentioned enough, you better believe #TheViper is going to SHOW UP!#SDLive @JinderMahal @REALBobbyRoode pic.twitter.com/uwhonZ0Wo1— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2018
For the record, during the segment Bobby Roode flat out said the list Jinder Mahal revealed tonight was not actually his and the Modern Day Maharaja didn’t even bother to refute it.
Props to Jinder’s Photoshop skills, but what is he doing here?
Then to add insult to injury, Shane McMahon booked Roode versus Orton for Fastlane next month.
.@REALBobbyRoode will take on @RandyOrton at #WWEFastlane! But, @WWEDanielBryan doesn’t seem too happy about it… #SDLive @shanemcmahon pic.twitter.com/ytrK2YTZXJ— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2018
The Fastlane pay-per-view (PPV) takes place on Sun., Mar. 11, 2018, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
How would you fix this Mahal-Roode-Orton love triangle?