Jinder Mahal continued to prove his doubters wrong by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at Hell in a Cell on Sunday to retain his WWE Championship. Mahal has surpassed a lot of legendary WWE champions in terms of title reign length. Although Mahal has not yet earned the respect of some members of the WWE Universe, Triple H is a big fan of “The Modern Day Maharaja.”
In an interview with the Indo-Asian News Service, Triple H was asked if Jinder Mahal has earned his respect after reinventing himself since his return. The WWE executive was in India to promote the company’s tour in December wherein Mahal is the main attraction. Triple H said that Mahal’s hard work and a new attitude has helped him gain his respect.
“Jinder Mahal has done an amazing job in recreating himself. Jinder was in WWE for the first time and wasn’t as successful as he would have wanted. But we went back and re-energized himself, dug deeper within himself and worked extremely hard in his second chance and is now making the most of it. People can criticize him, but he has earned my respect.”
It has been widely speculated that Jinder Mahal only got his push because the WWE is expanding in India. It should be noted that Mahal was born in Canada, and he is of Indian Punjabi Sikh origin. Mahal also speaks Punjabi and Hindi, so he is the perfect superstar to promote in India.
The WWE career of Jinder Mahal started in 2010 when he was signed to a developmental deal, per Give Me Sport. A year later, Mahal was called up to the main roster, but he found himself stuck with the comedy stable 3MB alongside Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. After two years in the lower mid-card, Mahal was released by the WWE.
“The Modern Day Maharaja” spent the next two years on the independent circuit wherein he reinvented himself. The WWE came back calling in 2016, and he was signed to a new deal. Mahal returned with an impressive physique that has some people wondering if he is on steroids. The speculation did not deter the WWE from pushing Mahal as he won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton at Backlash.
Mahal went on to defeat Orton twice before moving on with his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura. After two successful defenses against Nakamura, Mahal has surpassed a lot of legendary WWE champions in terms of the length of title reign. Some of these legends include The Undertaker, The Rock, Ric Flair, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Edge, and Mick Foley.
On the other hand, Triple H was also proud to announce that even more Indian athletes are going to start their training to become WWE superstars. Jinder Mahal is set to visit India along with other WWE superstars on December 8 and 9 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
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