Vince McMahon is clearly behind WWE Champion Jinder Mahal.
Mahal’s first stint with WWE was from 2010 - 2014 where he was used as a lower card talent or an enhancement talent. To say that one day in the future he would be the face of the sports entertainment company by being the WWE Champion would have been something that no one could have thought about. In his first stint, Mahal had a short-lived alliance with his storyline brother-in-law, The Great Khali.
Mahal was then mostly utilized as enhancement talent and would form 3MB, a trio who had rock star personas, with fellow lower card wrestlers, Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. After being released from WWE in the summer of 2014, he returned to the promotion two years later. Fans picked up on Mahal improving his body condition.
This led to him receiving a big push by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. He picked up a win over Randy Orton at Backlash in May 2017 for the WWE Championship, which made him the 50th WWE Champion and the first wrestler of Indian descent to win the title.
Bryan Alvarez talked about Mahal’s upcoming title defense against Shinsuke Nakamura at the Hell in a Cell PPV (pay-per-view) event on Friday’s edition of Wrestling Observer Live. During the show, he indicated that Mahal probably wouldn't be dropping the title anytime soon.
He would go on to add that the only way that he could see WWE making the decision to have Mahal drop the title and Nakamura go over at Hell in a Cell is if the upcoming tour of India is a WWE Network special. Mahal would go onto to win back the WWE Title in front of the live audience in his home country.
The belief is that it would have been a huge waste of time to put the title on Mahal only to have him lose the title before the company heads overseas for the tour in India. Alvarez would add that the original plans were always for Mahal to hold onto the WWE Title until WrestleMania 34, which takes place next year.
It was noted that the plans could always change if WWE Chairman Vince McMahon decides to switch things up. However, it’s very unlikely for that to happen at this point that he will be changing his mind about the creative plans for Mahal.
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