During his first stint with the WWE, Jinder Mahal did not exactly set the world on fire. Just three years ago, Mahal was no more than a “jobbing” wrestler, and he was cut from the WWE roster. The WWE brought Mahal back last year, but there were no signs that The Maharaja would be elevated to championship status within a few short months. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Mahal’s return was marked by defeats to the likes of Neville and the WWE’s perennial loser Sami Zayn. Then, something very strange happened: Mahal began to win matches, and he was quickly pushed up to main event status.
Mahal made a decent showing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Match at WrestleMania 33. To everyone’s surprise, Mahal then defeated five SmackDown stars to establish himself as the No. 1 contender for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship. At the 2017 WWE Backlash PPV, Mahal defeated Orton to claim his first WWE title.
Of course, Mahal had no real backstory, so the WWE has been working overtime to build one for him before this summer’s big PPV events. Pushing Mahal into a rivalry with Randy Orton seems a little obvious, but this week’s SmackDown Live saw Mahal taking the microphone to call out Orton ahead of their title clash at this weekend’s Money in the Bank PPV.
Orton responded to the challenge, entered the ring, and laid out Mahal with his famous RKO. So, the stage is set for Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton at Money in the Bank. Mahal’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric, and according to Forbes, his rise is all about the WWE expanding it’s presence in India.
Of course, Mahal is not the only WWE superstar with Asian heritage to be at the center of a WWE push. Shinsuke Nakamura recently made his main roster debut, and many claim that the WWE is keen to develop Asian talent to ensure that Asian fans have stars to identify with.
Jinder Mahal’s Diet And A SummerSlam Meeting With John Cena
Whatever the WWE’s reasons for pushing Mahal, it cannot be denied that he returned to the WWE with an astonishing physique. The new Jinder Mahal is ripped and muscular, a far cry from the man who left WWE three short years ago. Mahal’s transformation has been so incredible that he has been forced to deny that he is using anabolic steroids.
Mahal denies steroid use, and according to GQ Magazine, he claims that a change of diet is responsible for his physical transformation. Mahal says that he has stopped drinking alcohol, he is training harder, and that he used diet meals from Nutrition Solutions to shed fat and get shredded.
Mahal claims that his change of diet leaves him with more energy, and that may spell bad news for Randy Orton at Money in the Bank. All the signs are Mahal will retain the WWE Championship on Sunday, not least because rumors are suggesting that Mahal will face John Cena at the WWE SummerSlam 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on August 20.
Sportskeeda claims that the WWE intend to give Mahal a lengthy championship run, but that run will end when John Cena returns at SummerSlam. Cena returned from his last hiatus to win his 16th world title at the 2017 Royal Rumble. Cena had a minor role at WrestleMania 33, but it is claimed that he will return to claim Mahal’s WWE title and eclipse Ric Flair’s record number of championship wins. Cena and Flair are currently tied, but it looks like Cena will move ahead of Flair at the 2017 SummerSlam.
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