New WWE Champion Jinder Mahal Hears The Skeptics

Given all of the travel they perform wrestlers are proficient at packaging. He needed to move a few items from his carry-on into his checked luggage because he had a championship belt to carry.

“But that is a good problem to have,” Mahal stated, laughing. “I’ll take that issue any day.”

Mahal is the WWE champion – a place that seemed impossible weeks back when he lost on Monday Night RAW, obtaining a drink and was seemingly destined to the mid-card to SmackDown Live despite a move.

“In my head I already was the champion because that is the way you need to think about it,” he explained. “Once you believe something, you turn into it. I have been calling myself ‘The Maharaja,’ which means the ‘Grand King.’ It is great that now it is affirmed and’m the WWE champion.”

But he also understands the skepticism. The camera panned through the arena after his title triumph to show fans with mouths open or hands on their mind.

1 way that he sees to remove that doubt? Beat 15-time world champion John Cena.

“I see Randy and A.J. Styles (as opponents), but I am expecting for Cena when he gets back (from hiatus),” Mahal said. “I know some people don’t see me as championship material. I have gotten their confidence. Beating somebody like Cena would solidify me in their eyes as winner.”

Jinder Mahal with the WWE title (Photo:

He’d spent four decades with the company, including three to the main roster. At the moment, he had been part of 3MB with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater. McIntyre premiered in the same time and recently returned with NXT.

He returned when WWE was enlarging the rosters and splitting into the RAW and SmackDown Live brands.

Now looking back from the winner’s perch, he says, “being released was one of the greatest things that happened to me”

“I’d become complacent and lost my motivation,” he said. “It lit a fire under me. I recovered my passion and set goals. I went to work for myself and myself was going to stop me.

“WWE is one of the areas where you cannot become complacent. You’ve got to be constantly working on your own promos, keep in shape, work on your body, remain dieting, remain healthy. I was in 3MB along with the creative was not advancing that I expected it’d be. I made mistake of losing attention and that is one of those things you can not do.”

Night heading into his SmackDown Live as champion on Tuesday, topics were Coated by Mahal with For The Win:

When things finally settled SUNDAY NIGHT, who did you call?

I talked to my parents. They were very happy and very proud. They know I’m not a very mental person, especially together. They let me know they had been proud of me and all the hard work I have done to get here. There’s been a massive reaction from my friends and family. Back home, they had a screening party and they were sending me movie clips.

With this travel, I know how much time it took to get here – all of the hard work and downs and ups. The best moment is the one which you have with yourself in reflection and only being thankful of the opportunity, knowing this is merely the beginning. The work only begins here now I am the winner.

When you are released, then you basically have to go into business on your own – arranging your own bookings and travel. Did that experience after being in WWE and being gone help motivate you to locate a way back?

You get that paycheck every week whenever you’re in WWE. Working the independents, there are no guarantees. What if I get hurt? You merely make what you make and you earn what the opportunities are and are. With WWE, you get more of a feeling of security. As a performer, I was wrestling in front of 100 people. It makes you motivated to contact WWE’s stage, to be in video games and flying around the world and people adore you. To lose that, it motivated me stay focused and to come back.

When you find out you’re getting pushed into No. 1 contender are you thankful or would you think, “Finally, what took so long?”

Grateful, but it motivated me even more. The target is to become WWE champion, not the No. 1 competitor. I worked hard. Once I was in the running, I knew Randy was in the space. I was one win off, which pushed more. Now I am now WWE winner, I am even more focused because move down as one of the champions of all time and I want to keep the WWE championship. I want to have reigns. Randy is a 13-time world winner. I want to be in his place, in the position of Ric Flair, in the position, one of the greats of John Cena.

At one Stage on Talking Smack, you Called yourself as the New American Dream.

That got some attention however you never used it. Why?

Nobody told me to state that and nobody told me not to say it. It was just how I felt. Since I have worked hard to get to where I am I am the newest American Dream. Individuals don’t provide me. Nobody in WWE is out-dieting me, nobody is out-training me. It should not be a surprise that I am the WWE champion. Simply put, I am working the hardest.

I could say that. It is something that I just think. I enjoy being Discussing Smack. It’s an open forum. But not 1 person said, do not say that.

You are Canadian of Indian warrior and your heritage has been emphasized. What influence does you getting champion have on the lovers as well as India there at a area where WWE wants to grow?

It is one of our viewerships. There is so much passion. Our merchandise is loved by them. They adore our superstars. It has been seven years since The Great Khali was WWE winner. India is quite happy and very proud. I think more of this childhood will pursue wrestling and see the potential for a WWE career which will only increase our presence there. Perhaps there will be many more superstars from India in the future and that would be great.

Jinder Mahal faces Randy Orton in their Name match at Backlash (Photo: WWE)

You clearly have overhauled your physique. YOU HAD SAID YOU WERE UP TO 260 BEFORE YOUR WWE RETURN. What’S the key?

Consistency is crucial – attempt and staying on top of things on my daily diet. I bring food with me from home on the street. I have a method. I suspend it and then let it thaw out. I don’t eat out. If I don’t have food, I go to Whole Foods and buy poultry. I have rice packs on me, I always have oatmeal on mepersonally, I always have a protein tub on me.

I do not eat any crap. Everything I put in my body, I think how this is benefiting me. I see the body transformation plus it gives me confidence in the ring. It gives more opportunities to me and makes me more competitive. It all starts with consistency. You can’t diet for a couple of days and eat a pizza. That work is wasted. I feel so great just waiting wholesome. I plan on continuing to perform it for my overall health. It is good for my wrestling career. Awaken in the morning following wrestling and prepare my recovery. The body needs all the nutrients to recover.

You had a Bunch of.

Just how do you think he would do if he wished to be in WWE?

If wrestling in WWE is something Gronk wanted to pursue, he’d be great at it. He’s got the charm, the look, the dimensions, the strength. He is a freak athlete that people see in the NFL. He works hard and when it’s his wish to become a WWE Superstar, he’ll be a great WWE Superstar. He’s a great man from the interactions I had with him. Nothing but the very best for him personally.

WWE brings in Feminine ref

WWE has hired separate wrestler Kennadi Brink as a referee.

Brink, 25, has wrestled for Maryland Championship Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Shimmer, Shine and additional promotions and has sometimes worked as a referee at NXT reside events in Florida.

Originally trained by Duane Gill at Maryland, she got training in the Dudley Boyz’ Team 3D Academy in Florida.

“Using a female swimmer is something we have been working for a while,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative. “What it will be we are not 100 percent. I don’t see any difference as to why an authority figure is female or male as much as if they do men’s or women’s matches as long as they are a good referee and can perform all of the things that referees from the industry have to do”

The tournament of Women has Title

WWE announced its 32-woman championship this will be named the Mae Young Classic in honour of the legendary Hall of Famer.

The championship is going to be recorded at Full Sail University at Orlando and then aired this summer on the WWE Network. Participants have yet to be announced but will represent gift.

“It has really been a passion project for me and something I have been working hard to get quite a while,” Levesque said. “This is another one of those magical things that will take girls in our industry to a whole other trajectory. There’ll be an increase in viewing of what they do of what they do, and acceptance. This will be a positive in every way.”

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