If there was one WWE superstar you had to describe as 2017 being their year, not many WWE fans would argue against Jinder Mahal due to the fact he's exceeded any expectations anyone had for him.
Mahal began 2017 as part of the Monday Night Raw roster where he was partnered with Rusev. They eventually split before WrestleMania 33, where he would finish second in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal to Mojo Rawley. He was then moved to SmackDown Live in the superstar shake-up.
It was after this move to WWE's blue brand that Mahal's 2017 really took off, and he became The Modern Day Maharaja. He won a six-pack challenge to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship and made a new alliance with The Singh Brothers. In May at Backlash, Mahal defeated Orton to win the WWE title.
The Modern Day Maharaja would go on to be WWE Champion for the vast majority of 2017, successfully retaining the title against the likes of Orton, Baron Corbin, and Shinsuke Nakamura. His title his reign ended after 170 days when he lost the WWE title to AJ Styles on the November 7 episode of SmackDown Live.
Besides Brock Lesnar, Mahal held a major WWE title for the most amount of time in 2017, but unlike The Beast Incarnate, The Modern Day Maharaja was a fighting champion.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Cageside Seats, Mahal competed in more matches than any other superstar in the WWE in 2017, competing in a total of 185 matches across the year. The former WWE Champion truly is WWE’s iron man for 2017.
The Modern Day Maharaja was closely followed by Baron Corbin who finished in second on the list only four matches behind with 181 matches, while the current WWE Champion in Styles finished in third after he competed in 179 matches in 2017.
Two other SmackDown Live superstars make up the rest of the top five superstars who competed in the most matches, as Sami Zayn finished in fourth with 178 matches, while Charlotte Flair finished in fifth and is also the highest placed female superstar on this list with 173 matches.
An incredible achievement for Mahal to have the most matches for the WWE in 2017.
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