Ahead of his WWE Championship defense against Jinder Mahal at Backlash, Randy Orton defeated Baron Corbin on Tuesday night’s episode of SmackDown Live.

Orton delivered an RKO for the victory, but he went from the frying pan into the fire as Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers attacked the champion. Mahal made a major statement before Backlash, hitting Orton with his cobra clutch slam, courtesy of WWE’s official Twitter account:

The Viper has been a big-time target over the past few weeks and months, and that was once again the case Tuesday, as Corbin looked to use him as a stepping stone.

Orton beat Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, but that didn’t end his rivalry with The Eater of Worlds.

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