Randy Orton is about to serve hard time–Punjabi style! This Tuesday on SmackDown Live, Jinder Mahal announced that at WWE Battleground, he would defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match.
But what, exactly, is a Punjabi Prison match? The match was only used twice in WWE history and hasn't been seen in ten years. According to WWE.com, there is more than bamboo that sets the Punjabi Prison match apart.
"For starters, while matches like a Steel Cage, Hell in a Cell or even the Elimination Chamber typically trap a Superstar within one enclave, the Punjabi Prison surrounds them with two: First, there are four walls of bamboo that immediately surround the ring in the fashion of a traditional cage. Outside of that stands another, larger, octagonal structure, topped with a series of razor-sharp bamboo spikes.
To win, a Superstar must escape both cages, a prospect that is far easier said than done. The interior structure contains four doors, all of which are attended by a referee. When a Superstar calls for the door to be opened, they have one minute to walk through it and into the outer structure. If they don't make it through in time, the door is shut and locked for good. If a Superstar fails to make it through all four of the doors in the allotted time, they must climb out of the inner structure. It makes for good practice, as the only way to escape the outer ring is to climb up and over it. The first Superstar whose feet touch the ground wins the match. That means a Superstar cannot achieve victory inside the Punjabi Prison by something as ordinary as a pinfall or a submission, but must fight his way out."
The very first use of a Punjabi Prison Match took place was at the 2006 Great American Bash. Surprisingly, The Great Khali was not featured in the first bout. Instead of Khali, Big Show was inserted to take on The Undertaker.
The match is most well known for the following year's showdown between Batista and Khali at the No Mercy PPV. Khali actually hails from Punjab, and was the first ever Indian Superstar to hold the World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
Mahal can still become the first Indian Superstar to win a Punjabi Prison match as Khali would actually lose his contest to Batista, then