Jinder Mahal's rise to the top of the WWE mountain has certainly been a sight to see.
"The Maharaja" was once a member of Three Man Band (3MB) before being released in 2014. He returned to the independent circuit in Texas in order to reinvent himself before being signed back to WWE last year around the time of the WWE Draft. After a brief program with Rusev he was moved to SmackDown Live via the Superstar Shake-Up. He won a Six-Pack Challenge on SmackDown that earned him the No. 1-contender's shot at Randy Orton's then-WWE Championship. Mahal defeated Orton at Backlash with some help from the Singh Brothers.
After back-to-back successful title defenses against Orton at Money In The Bank and Battleground, he is now set to defend his title against former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star Shinsuke Nakamura, who earned the opportunity by defeating John Cena in the main event of SmackDown Live, at SummerSlam tomorrow night (Sun. August 20, 2017).
He recently did an interview with Yahoo Sports to promote the event, and was asked about his controversial character. Mahal's character is an anti-American from India who is proud of his heritage and dubs himself "The Modern Day Maharaja." During the interview, Mahal was asked if he ever thought about how he'd react if WWE ever asked him to do something offensive and how he'd handle it. This is what he had to say (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"Yeah, absolutely. I know that's something that the WWE is very aware of. Not just India, but in any country. We don't want to upset our fans because that's not what we are here to do. We are here to entertain and ultimately put smiles on people's faces.
"If a situation came about something that would offend someone culturally, I would definitely speak up. WWE would want us to speak up because negative press is not our goal. We are here to expand globally; I know that's one of the goals of WWE.
"Getting negative media attention and offending people or a religion would not be good."
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