SmackDown Live certainly is a strange place at the moment.
Along with everything that happened last week during the Superstar Shake-up, things got even crazier during the six-pack challenge to determine the number one contender for the WWE championship on Tuesday night.
With the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner Mojo Rawley, the match's winner was the most surprising superstar in the clash, Jinder Mahal.
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Thanks to the help of the debuting Bollywood Boyz, who held the feet of Zayn and distracted him, Mahal was able to hit his Cobra clutch slam on The Underdog from the Underground and pin him to become the new number one contender for the WWE title.
He will now face Randy Orton (or Bray Wyatt, depending on the result of their match at Payback) at Backlash next month.
This win for Mahal came as a shock to many fans watching SmackDown Live on Tuesday night, as no one expected him to win. Reports have since emerged explaining WWE's decision to give a push to The Man of Peace.
Wrestlingnews.co has reported that Mahal's push has come because: "WWE is making a heavy push to expand their product in India because they have a massive fan base there that loves professional wrestling."
They also noted: "The company opened up WWE Shop in India a couple of weeks ago so you can expect more Jinder Mahal and Bollywood Boyz merchandise to become available in the coming weeks. Most of it will be targeted to the fans in India."
With the recent push in the Indian market, it was only logical for WWE to do the same for their booking by making Mahal the number one contender for the WWE championship and calling up The Bollywood Boyz from NXT. How long this push will continue for remains to be seen.
Just like superstars in the United States though, if they make money through the Indian market, Mahal will continue to receive some sort of push.
Probably not a main event push, but he'll definitely be around the United States title, especially after he was referred to as "the new American dream" on Talking Smack.
What do you think of WWE's decision to give Jinder Mahal a push? Should someone else had been given this push instead? Have your say and leave a comment below...
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