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Jinder Mahal Should be the Next WWE Champion

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

Since he’s came from Raw to Smackdown Live, #WWE superstar Jinder Mahal has made the most of the opportunities given to him.

On the April 18 episode of #SmackdownLive, Mahal won a six-pack challenge – after interference from the Singh Brothers (a.k.a. The Bollywood Boyz), which began the formation of a new stable – for the No. 1 contendership for the WWE title

Mahal will face Randy Orton at #Backlash, May 21. Before he meets Mahal, Orton will clash with Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match at #Payback this Sunday.

After he won the six-pack challenge, Mahal asserted his status and called out the fans in a good heel post-match promo.

Mahal garnered some real life heat from fans after he won the six-pack challenge. Some folks tired of the anti-American gimmick – which has been a staple in professional wrestling for decades. However, Mahal animosity on the crowd focuses more on people’s intolerance of foreign wrestlers rather than the classic “(insert country) is better than the United States” tagline.

Others felt wrestlers like United States champion Kevin Owens, former world title holder A.J. Styles and recent Smackdown signee Shinsuke Nakamura deserve to face Orton. There’s also speculation that WWE’s expansion into India is playing a part in Mahal’s ascension up the ranks. Mahal, real name Yuvraj Singh “Raj” Dhesi, is of Punjabi Sikh origin and from Calgary, Alberta Canada.

I think WWE made a good move in pushing Mahal to the main event scene, and putting him in a stable with the Singh Brothers. Most fans think he’ll take a loss to Orton when they have clash at Backlash and move on to the U.S. title. Personally, I’d like to see Mahal as WWE champion, even if it’s only for a cup of coffee.

One of the nice things about Mahal being plugged into a program with Orton is that it gives the WWE champion a new opponent. Orton has been in a program with Wyatt for the last several months, and while the angle has had some high points it culminated in a terrible match at Wrestlemania 33 with a typical babyface Orton coming out on top.

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Alexa Bliss as No. 1 contender to Raw women title is a good thing

Note: This is a story I wrote for Champions.co

It didn’t take long for former Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss to assert herself as one of Raw’s top women.

Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match against Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship, currently held by Bayley. The two will clash on April 30 at Payback.

Bliss made her Raw debut last week as a part of the “Superstar Shakeup” to a star’s welcome. It wasn’t a surprise since there were reports that Bliss would be switching brands with Charlotte Flair. This is a great opportunity for the former Smackdown women’s champion to compete on another – and in some people’s opinion a bigger – stage.

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Charlotte Flair coming to Smackdown Live adds new chapter to her legacy

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

WWE had their “Superstar Shakeup” this week with Monday Night Raw getting a plethora of Smackdown Live talent, including Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, former women’s champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

However I think the blue brand came away with the biggest acquisition in the form of former four-time Raw women’s champion and “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.

Flair has been the foundation of WWE’s women’s division for the last two years after the company’s women’s resolution. She won the Divas champion and being the last wrestlers to hold that title before WWE changed the belt to the women’s championship.

Since then, Flair had held what became the Raw women’s championship four times and has had classic matches with Sasha Banks and Bayley – rivals and friends from her development days. Together, along with Smackdown’s Becky Lynch, they made up the “Four Horsewomen of NXT.”

During Charlotte’s last appearance on Raw, she was in a six-woman tag team match where Nia Jax dropped her on her head. According to reports, Flair was fine backstage.

Some folks may not like Flair going to Smackdown because she had some unfinished business on Raw with Jax and her former protegee Dana Brooke. However, being on Smackdown Live gives The Queen an opportunity to shine on a new stage.

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WWE: What Shinsuke Nakamura brings to Smackdown Live

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

I know I said this when I wrote about the Revival’s debut on RAW this past Monday, but the WWE Universe witnessed one of the long-awaited call ups from NXT – the arrival of former two-time champion and Japanese sensation Shinsuke Nakamura.

About one year after he signed with WWE, The King of Strong Style has ended his NXT journey to being his main roster run on Smackdown Live.

Nakamura had a heck of a debut on Smackdown Live. He interrupted The Miz and Maryse as they were going on a trade about John Cena and Nikki Bella, who defeated them in a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania. What made Nakamura’s debut special, however, was he played to the ring by the musician who performed his entrance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II

When Nakamura first came to WWE in 2016, I was excited because I thought he could do a lot of good things with the company, however I thought WWE could misuse him and put him in the typical Japanese babyface role, like they did with Yoshi Tatsu. After his NXT run, I feel like he’s been able to make his mark in the WWE Universe and he has the chance to set Smackdown Live on fire.

I’m sure members of the WWE Universe would have preferred to see Nakamura on RAW with big names like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, but I think he benefits more from being on Smackdown Live.

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