5 Facts About WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal
Look at this beautiful entance!
DON'T HINDER JINDER! Every wrestling fan was left speechless as Jinder Mahal defied the odds and became the WWE Champion after defeating then champion Randy Orton at the Smackdown Live Pay Per View Backlash. Looking at the photo linked above and the video you may wonder exactly why it was a surprise that a guy that looks that ripped and built would be a surprise to win anything. However, just a couple months before Jinder was on RAW, basically losing every match he was in, having one of the worst win-loss ratios in the company. With Smackdown Live being the land of opportunity, Jinder however changed that record around by winning a six-pack challenge to become the Number One Contender to the WWE Championship. His win at Backlash went viral around many news networks and the entire professional wrestling industry. The Maharaja cemented himself as the 50th WWE Champion of all time and definitely rose his stock in the company. With his amazing physique and badass entrance, you have to admit the guy looks like an absolute superstar. Whether you like him or not Jinder has worked very hard in order to get to the level that he is at today.
Here are five facts about the Maharaja himself, Jinder Mahal:
1) Place Of Birth
Although Jinder is announced and booked to hail from India, the Maharaja was actually born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This doesn't mean he doesn't have ties with India as he is still of Indian descent as his parents are from India. He has a business degree in communications and culture from the University Of Calgary. Jinder began his wrestling career in Calgary at the Martial Arts Fitness Center in Calgary training with Rick Bognar (infamously known for being the Razor Ramon clone). He went on to train with WWE legend Bad News Brown in Stampede Wrestling where he met fellow WWE Canadian wrestlers: Tyson Kidd, Natalya and Viktor (The Ascension). Also, The Canadian Provincial Parliament in Alberta also recognized Jinder's WWE Championship Win as MPP Graham Sucha congratulated Jinder for becoming the first wrestler from Calgary to win the WWE Championship in over twenty years with the last wrestler being WWE Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
All WWE Fans will never forget the faction known as 3MB consisted of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal. In 2012, the team came together portraying a rock band type gimmick. As talented as each superstar in the faction was, the team never got to shine bright as they were regulated to being enhancement talents. In an interview with Slam Wrestling Jinder said "We would always look forward to doing it to the best of our abilities. We prided ourselves on doing whatever we, we could do serious matches, we could do comedy skits in the back. We did a lot of segments on the WWE App that they gave us a lot of creative freedom, and we would make the best out of them, trying to make them as funny as possible". Jinder also said in the interview that he hoped to show a different, serious side of himself soon.
3) WWE Release
In 2014, the group 3MB was only left with 1 member in WWE as WWE released 2 members: Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal. A moment that left wrestling fans and 3MB fans in shock as the group was seperated. Jinder himself admitted that he was shocked of his WWE release as the group was always featured on eiher Raw Smackdown , Superstars or Main Event but he was going to use it as a way to improve himself and maybe return the WWE in the future.
In 2016, after the WWE Draft, Jinder made his WWE return on RAW defeating his former 3MB colleague, Heath Slater, winning a contract with the brand. Mahal then went on to be traded to Smackdown Live in the Superstar Shakeup in 2017 where he went on to be WWE Champion.
4) Family Legacy
Another fact which you may not know about Mahal is that he has family ties in the professional wrestling industry. Jinder's uncle Gadowar Singh Sahota, an Indian/ Canadian wrestler known as Gama Singh, a villainous character who performed and was a top attraction in Stampede Wrestling as well as World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE). Gama was a 9 time Mid-Heavyweight Champion in Stampede Wrestling and a 4 time NWA tag team champion. Despite having such a big background to develop from Jinder said in an interview that he didn't think that his family ties would help as much as his education would help him in the business. He said in an interview with Slam Wrestling "They like guys who have educations, They asked me if I went to school and I said 'Yeah.; I think they look for guys like that. It sure helps, it doesn't hurt. It's good to have something to fall back on if wrestling doesn't work out".
5) Dean Ambrose in 3MB ???
Onto a weird fact, when Heath Slater was informing Jinder that he was going to create a stable with 2 more members, Jinder jokingly said that he should be in the stable along with RAW superstar and former WWE Champion The Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose. Jinder thought that the group was going to be consisted of Dean, Slater and Johnny Curits (now known as Fandango on Smackdown Live) however his joke turn into a reality as it was him and Drew that were chosen to be in the group instead. How crazy would 3MB have been with Dean and Fandango as members instead.
There are your 5 facts about WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal. Its amazing to see how far from the bottom of the ladder Jinder has risen all the way to the top as WWE Champion. If you like this article feel free to share it around to friend and family who would be interested in its content and follow my page on HubPages for more content about WWE Superstars just like this and other types.