As seen on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live in Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Randy Orton to become the new #1 contender for the WWE Championship.
Nakamura will challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Title at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event on October 8th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena.
It’s worth noting that the official preview for the match does not mention that the match will take place inside the cell. You can see the full preview below:
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The Artist was on the verge of capturing the title at The Biggest Event of The Summer, but Mahal’s associates, The Singh Brothers, distracted Nakamura, allowing The Modern Day Maharaja to steal the victory with the Khallas and leave Brooklyn with his title.
Nakamura made it clear he was not finished with his pursuit of Mahal and the WWE Championship in the weeks after SummerSlam, but another of the titleholder’s rivals stood between him and a rematch for SmackDown LIVE’s biggest prize: Randy Orton. After Orton and WWE’s Rockstar paired up to claim a tag team victory the week before their singles showdown, The Viper flattened Nakamura, letting The King of Strong Style know that the path to another WWE Championship Match would not be an easy one.
The two clashed in a first-time-ever showdown on the Sept. 5 edition of SmackDown LIVE. Despite Orton pulling out all the stops, Nakamura fought back and clobbered The Apex Predator with a thunderous Kinshasa to earn the championship opportunity.
Now that he knows what to expect, will Nakamura be ready to fend off The Singh Brothers, best Mahal and capture the WWE Championship? Find out at WWE Hell in a Cell, streaming live on WWE Network Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8 ET/5 PT!