Jinder Mahal's WWE Championship reign came out of the blue earlier this year when he became number one contender for the title and defeated Randy Orton for it at Backlash.
This is especially true when you consider Mahal was used in a spot at WrestleMania 33 a month earlier in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal in the preshow to get Rob Gronkowski over. Nobody thought he would be in any title picture anytime soon, nevermind the main event.
Yet, 145-plus days on after defeating The Viper at Backlash, The Modern Day Maharaja is still WWE Champion and it doesn't look like he will be dropping the title to anyone anytime soon after holding his own in feuds against Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura over the past couple of months.
Mahal has already broken some incredible records as WWE Champion, as he has held the WWE title for longer than some of the greatest superstars of all time including Edge, Ric Flair, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Big Show, Batista, and Daniel Bryan.
The Modern Day Maharaja isn't stopping here though, as he has his sights on breaking another WWE record, CM Punk's WWE title reign of 434 days, the longest WWE title reign in the modern era.
Mahal talked about possibly breaking CM Punk's title reign during an interview with Sportskeeda, saying: “Absolutely think I can. Why not? I believe I haven’t even entered my prime yet. So, I’m 31 years old, I’m already WWE Champion for 140 something days at the moment. I’ve a lengthy title run ahead of me and many more title runs yet to come.”
This would be quite the achievement if Mahal is able to accomplish this, as it would see him hold the WWE title for longer than what The Undertaker, The Rock, The Ultimate Warrior, Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, and Shawn Michaels ever did or have done so far in their wrestling careers.
Mahal was given the WWE title in order to try and increase WWE's fanbase in India on the WWE Network. According to reports, however, it has not been able to do this. His title reign hasn't been great either, so there is a chance he might not be holding onto the title for much longer.
It's unclear who The Modern Day Maharaja's next title challenger will be, but it has been rumored that he will face Brock Lesnar in the main event of Survivor Series next month in a Champion vs Champion match.