Jinder defeated Rusev, Bobby Roode and Randy Orton on Sunday at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans to win the United States Championship in a Fatal 4-Way.
Much as he did during Mahal's world title run, Sunil Singh helped Mahal prevail. Singh stood on the ring apron to distract Rusev, who was attempting to hit the Machka Kick on Mahal. That provided an opening for Mahal to hit the Khallas on Rusev for the victory.
Orton defeated Roode to win the U.S. title at Fastlane last month, and while The Glorious One announced that he wanted a rematch with The Viper on The Grandest Stage of Them All, other variables came into play.
Mahal harassed both Superstars leading up to Fastlane, and after scoring singles victories over each of them, he was added to the mix to make it a Triple Threat.
There were more twists and turns to come, however, just two weeks before The Showcase of the Immortals.
The Modern Day Maharaja was set to team with Sunil Singh in a tag team match against Orton and Roode on SmackDown Live, but he claimed that Singh was too injured to compete.
That led to Rusev standing in and scoring the victory for his team over Orton and Roode.
Rusev made it clear in a backstage segment that he wanted to be added to the mix, and SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan later granted his request by making the WrestleMania U.S. title match a Fatal 4-Way.
It is fair to say that the United States Championship has been something of an afterthought ever since AJ Styles dropped it to Baron Corbin.
There was some emphasis placed on the title when Styles feuded over it with Kevin Owens, but that feeling of importance has been gone in recent months.
The fact that Dolph Ziggler vacated the championship shortly after winning it didn't do it any favors in terms of prestige either.
Putting the title on Orton for the first time in his career was a smart move on WWE's part leading up to WrestleMania since it at least put some semblance of a spotlight back on the belt.
After losing the WWE Championship to Styles, Mahal's profile on SmackDown Live fell off considerably. Winning the U.S. title will give him an opportunity to be among the brand's top heels once again, however.
Things never clicked for Mahal as WWE champion, and it can be argued that he was miscast. Given his persona, though, he is an obvious choice to be the United States champion, and he is in a good position to make the title mean something.
Even though Mahal has some major deficiencies, the fact that he is an anti-American heel holding the U.S. title almost guarantees that it will now have some level of relevancy.
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