The baseball game did nearly seven million viewers and aired directly opposite SmackDown. The first is all out fireworks that leave you counting down until Sunday. This match might not mean anything other than getting the fans energized for the show.
WWE wants Mahal to remain champion until WrestleMania 34, and the only thing that might change their plans is if the Indo-Canadian professional wrestler loses his title on the upcoming "Hell in a Cell" event this Sunday. It was clear that WWE had opted to not take any chances before the big show. Elsewhere, Jinder Mahal made it a 3-on-1 surprise attack on Shinsuke Nakamura ahead of their title match on Sunday. Nakamura came out and responded to Renee Young's questions with some cliché's and proverbs.
Nakamura was able to mount a comeback against Mahal, however, until The Singh Brothers joined in on the attack.
However, the ongoing investigation regarding their mystery attackers has been stretched out for far too long and WWE should bring an end to this storyline at Hell in a Cell.
Also scheduled for tonight is Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger, along with Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Natalya & Carmella. This distracted Flair, allowing Natalya to knock her down from behind and lock in the Sharpshooter to make the title challenger tap out. The Phenomenal One then promised that short cuts won't win Corbin the United States Championship at Hell in a Cell. The Lone Wolf dominated the match, but the flawless 10 got a quick roll-up to steal a win. They received their own pink SmackDown Women's Champion belts while receiving a standing ovation from the SmackDown women's division.
Shane McMahon will lose to Kevin Owens on Sunday Night. McMahon chased Owens from the ring and into the concession area of the Pepsi Center. After a tussle in the outer parts of the stadium, the two made their way back to the ring. During the segment, Owens was cutting a promo in the ring while McMahon was walking through the crowd to get back to ringside. The Smackdown brand-exclusive event starts at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT with the Kickoff show starting one hour prior.
After consecutive singles losses to The Undertaker and A.J. Styles, it may be tempting to plump for Shane in this bout but many would argue that there's no way Kevin Owens should be laying down for a man who - in kayfabe terms at least - isn't a proper wrestler. The stage is definitely set for Hell in a Cell this Sunday in Detroit.