Randy Orton hits the Grand Slam at WWE Fastlane by beating Bobby Roode for the U.S. Championship. In the match, Roode maneuvered out of multiple RKO attempts but still ended up as loser. Roode was powerless to avoid what was the decisive blow of the match. Orton countered what appeared to be a diving clothesline/shoulder block attempt into the RKO for the victory.
Jinder Mahal’s involvement all started when Roode atempted to resurrect the great tradition that is the United States Championship Open Challenge, and called Randy out specifically, hoping to face him man-to-man after eating the traditional RKO outta nowhere the week before. It looks like they are setting up a possible triple threat for them at WrestleMania.
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WWE Fastlane Social Media Reactions
— KENFED-GEPHART-BRAND (@kenfed_) March 12, 2018
Good for his career! Congratulations!
— DeMario Miller (@MrDeMarioMiller) March 12, 2018
— #EndofDays? (@BroRoyal) March 12, 2018
— Erik maldnado (@ErikMaldnado) March 12, 2018
Well a Roode/Orton/Mahal 3- Way match for the U.S. Championship at Mania seemed inevitable, but I didn’t think @REALBobbyRoode would lose the belt tonight. Nice match here with @RandyOrton though. #WWEFastlane
— Felicia R (@Felicia_Says) March 12, 2018
Here is WWE’s preview: “Randy Orton is poised to unleash a serpentine takeover when he attempts to dethrone United States Champion Bobby Roode at WWE Fastlane.
The tension began to rise on the Feb. 6 edition of SmackDown LIVE when Orton hit the Glorious titleholder with an RKO out of nowhere, just moments after Roode defeated Rusev to retain the championship. Though Orton’s motives were unknown at the time, it soon became clear that he was after the United States Championship.
Still furious over being struck with an RKO seven days prior, Roode made it clear that he wanted The Viper to answer his United States Championship Open Challenge the following week. The Viper did just that, but an interruption from Jinder Mahal prevented the title bout from getting started, and the former WWE Champion used SmackDown LIVE’s Top 10 List to stir the pot. After a fight broke out between all three, the opportunistic Modern Day Maharaja dropped both competitors with the ring-shaking Khallas.
Though Mahal would again work his way into the mix the following week, SmackDown LIVE Commission Shane McMahon overruled General Manager Daniel Bryan, who wanted to give Mahal an opportunity to challenge for the star-spangled championship. Instead, Shane made a one-on-one title bout between Roode and WWE’s Apex Predator for WWE Fastlane.”
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