Jinder Mahal

Nick Piccone of the Philly Voice is featuring an interview with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal where he talks about the Punjabi Prison match tomorrow night in Philadelphia and why he felt like a failure after his release from WWE back in 2014.

On looking forward to the Punjabi Prison at Battleground:

“I like the rules. It’s something unique. It’s something different. Like I said, it’s been 10 years since it last happened. It’s not a match you see every day. It’s not a match you see every month. The structure is very unpredictable and it is a risky match, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s no joke and I’m not taking it lightly. I’m focused and driven. It’s going to be a breakout match for me. This is my match. I look forward to bringing this match back just like Undertaker sort of introduced Hell in a Cell. I think Punjabi Prison is my match.”

Being close with Drew McIntyre and feeling like a failure after his WWE release:

“Drew’s one of my best friends. We’re always texting back and forth. Just to think a couple years ago, we were considered a joke and failures. I’ll be frank about it. I considered myself a failure when I got released from WWE after 3MB just because I didn’t live up to my potential. I didn’t live up to the expectations that I set for myself. I was going to come back with redemption and that’s exactly what I did.


  1. u got a push from vince bcoz he likes a bad ugly foreign heel as champ & u r the only one there…its not from your talent…just look at ratings..down bcoz u r champ…says all really

  2. Ratings really aren’t the measuring stick of success anymore for the ‘E. Ratings are a measurement of national TV viewership. World Wrestling Entertainment is a global organization. The measuring stick of success now is revenue. Ratings don’t say nearly as much as they used to in an era where cable TV is dying in favor of new entertainment delivery mediums. Plus, in any event, both ratings and revenue have multiple factors that play into them, and who’s holding the WWE Championship is one component of a multi-piece puzzle.

    But, if we really want to use ratings for this, we could point out the fact that Smackdown had slumped to what was, as the time, it’s yearly low in ratings just before Jinder Mahal took the title, and has risen to well above that level every week since, with the exception of the week of the NBA finals, when WWE viewership was down across the board.

  3. well yeah but for me as a viewer i want to be entertained, and a big part of that is having a good champion on all levels, not just the wwe title but all of them and the fight for them…having jinder as a champ and throwing the us title on AJ is just dumb for business and ratings and revenue…and since jinder took that title, i dont bother watching smackdown bcoz they have the wwe champion do half time 5 min bits of boring chatter….rather than some half bad/good action bits to end of the show … as it should be !

  4. Well said. I think jinders only fan is his lotion applying boyfriend umeer. Jinder is terrible. Meh in the ring. Meh on the mic. And does nothing for that championship. I would of settled for Rusev getting that push as the angry foreign heel rather than an bacne scarred jobber. WWE might be making more money than ever. But fact is critically the product sucks becuase of dumb decisions to push irrelevant people who are not championship material.

  5. Exaclty.(agree on rusev)..what the heck did Jinder ever do for the wwe to get this push…must be the first ever released ” superstar jobber ” to be pushed for the wwe title..
    We saw the same with Rhyno & Slater for the wwe tag titles…
    Now with Jinder…
    whats next … Goldberg again ?? Hogan ??? god….please…noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  6. Dumb for business? WWE is aggressively targeting India (and that entire subcontinent) as an untapped resource – there’s masses of pirate feeds for WWE and they want to legitimise it and bring in all the revenue that goes alongside it. By having a short reigning champ represent those people, get the deals done and the mindset changed, they will scoop massive money.

    Hardly terrible for business.

  7. The only point you made that WWE will ever care about was “WWE might be making more money than ever.” They don’t care who any fan wants as champion so long as they get that paper.

  8. As a global multimedia corporation that provides with shareholders who hold them accountable to the bottom line – this should surprise nobody. The type of comments I’m seeing here reek of “it’s still real to me” mentality.

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