After more than a decade of dormancy, the Punjabi prison match is making its return to WWE.
Jinder Mahal announced the match against Randy Orton, set for July's Battleground pay-per-view, on Tuesday's SmackDown Live:
This will be the third straight pay-per-view featuring a match between Mahal and Orton. The Maharaja shockingly defeated Orton for the WWE Championship at Backlash thanks to outside interference from the Singh Brothers and did so again at Money in the Bank. The Singhs clashed with Orton's father, Cowboy Bob Orton, at ringside and distracted Randy to allow Mahal to retain his championship.
The 13-time world champion then cut a promo on last week's SmackDown Live saying Mahal and Co. made things personal, challenging Mahal to another match.
Mahal chose the stipulation Tuesday, which will be the third in WWE history. The Great Khali invented the match ahead of the 2006 Great American Bash pay-per-view but was suspended for a wellness violation before his scheduled match with the Undertaker. Big Show replaced Khali in the match.
Bautista and Khali had the most recent match at No Mercy in 2007.
The Punjabi prison match features two different cages, both made of bamboo. The only way to win is to escape from both cages, one standing 16 feet tall and the other 20 feet. The inner cage features four doors in each of its corners, which are only allowed open once and for a maximum of 60 seconds. Should a combatant be unable to escape through one of those doors, he must climb over the top of the first cage and into the second.
A winner is crowned when one of the combatants reaches the floor with both feet.