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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