Jinder Mahal is the WWE Champion and the company is looking to take full advantage of that.
After having been released from the company in 2014 Mahal was signed back when the WWE Superstar Shake-Up came around. After being moved over to SmackDown Live he would win a Six Pack Challenge match that would make him the No. 1-contender for Randy Orton's then-WWE Championship. At the Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) Mahal would defeat "The Viper" and capture his first WWE Championship of his career.
After multiple title defenses against Orton moving forward, and a successful defense against former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam, he is now set to rematch Nakamura at the Hell In A Cell PPV this weekend.
Since being made WWE champion rumors have circulated around the professional wrestling newswire indicating that one big reason the title was put on "The Modern Day Maharaja" was because the company wants to take advantage of the huge market in country of India.
That may have been proven true earlier today, as the WWE issued the following press released announcing that they will be holding a pair of Live Events in India later this year:
“WWE® LIVE RETURNS TO INDIA WITH “THE MODERN-DAY MAHARAJA™” JINDER MAHAL™
“MUMBAI, India & STAMFORD, Conn. October 5, 2017 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Sony Pictures Networks India today announced that WWE LIVE will return to India with two shows in New Delhi at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The shows will feature “The Modern-Day Maharaja”, current WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, who will be accompanied by The Singh Brothers™.
"In addition, WWE LIVE will feature WWE Superstars Roman Reigns™, Seth Rollins™, Dean Ambrose™, Braun Strowman™, Alexa Bliss™, Sasha Banks™, and more.*
“”It is an honor to represent the people of India every time I step into the ring, and it will be a true privilege to perform for them live,” said Jinder Mahal.
“”WWE enjoys a large, dedicated following in India, with the highest TV viewership after only cricket,” said Mr. Rajesh Kaul, President, Sports and Distribution Business, Sony Pictures Networks.
“We are delighted to announce to our loyal fans the return of WWE LIVE, presenting them with an opportunity that will take them closer to their favorite WWE Superstars.”
“”Following overwhelming demand from our massive and passionate fan base in India, we are excited to bring WWE LIVE back to New Delhi for two shows of spectacular, non-stop, family-friendly entertainment,” said Sheetesh Srivastava, Vice President and General Manager, WWE India.
“I know our fans cannot wait to fill the Indira Gandhi Stadium and welcome back their favorite WWE Superstars.”
“Sony Pictures Networks India offers WWE programming, including Raw®, SmackDown LIVE®, Main Event®, NXT®, Total Divas®, and monthly specials, such as WrestleMania® and SummerSlam®, on Sony TEN 1 and Sony MAX.
"Earlier this year, WWE Sunday Dhamaal, an exclusive new weekly highlights show in Hindi, launched on Sony MAX, giving Indian fans a unique, localized WWE viewing experience.”
What are your thoughts on Mahal and the WWE going to India in the midst of his WWE Title reign? Do you think this will be a good move for the WWE financially? Will the big population and fan base in the country pay big dividends after making Mahal champion? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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