Sunday night’s WWE Backlash pay-per-view ended with one of the most unexpected developments in recent memory: Jinder Mahal (thanks in part to Singh Brothers chicanery) defeated Randy Orton to capture the WWE Championship.
It was the culmination of Mahal’s rapid ascent from “losing to Mojo Rawley thanks to Rob Gronkowski beer-toss” to “No. 1 contender, I guess?” to “holy crap this guy might become WWE Champion” in a matter of weeks. In the days leading up to Backlash, it seemed like an actual possibility that Jinder Mahal might become a world champion before people like Cesaro or Rusev would, but that doesn’t mean the title win was any less shocking to longtime WWE fans.
And the fan reaction shots from people inside the Allstate Arena in Chicago told the story. We’re proud to share with you these spectacular GIFs of stunned fans who absolutely could not believe what the hell. Please enjoy these, because we sure as hell do.
The first face we saw immediately after the three-count was this stupefied kid, and the cameraman expertly tilted down to reveal a chagrined young adult, but please, whatever you do, do not sleep on absolutely everyone else in this shot.