WWE’s effort to bring in some freshness
In an effort to generate interest for their upcoming trip in India in 2017, WWE chose to place the title on an Indian wrestler. Mahal defeated Randy Orton at Backlash that year to become the 50th person to hold the crown. Since the episode concluded, Jinder has received a lot of criticism since, while by no means being a nasty guy, he wasn’t the best pick given the circumstances. First of all, although having Indian ancestry, Jinder was not born in India. He was originally born in Calgary, Alberta, and is genuinely Canadian. Prior to his participation on the Indian tour later that year, he had never even travelled to India. Ultimately this resulted in a failure.
Since Jinder had never been employed as more than a jobber in the industry and hadn’t much improved it during his time away from it before being fired, his moveset in wrestling was pretty unimpressive. His win-loss record was among the worst ever (losing over 90 percent of his matches). It didn’t help that he required assistance from his new lackeys, the Singh Brothers (formerly known as The Bollywood Boyz), to interfere for him in each of his title battles so that he could hit his finisher once his opponents were diverted. In addition to being repeated, this manoeuvre left Mahal looking significantly weaker. A heel may occasionally get outside assistance, but not frequently enough for them to become dependent on it.
Was he a big deal?
Jinder’s moveset in wrestling was somewhat lackluster because he had never been hired as more than a jobber in the business and hadn’t much improved it during his time away from it before getting dismissed. One of the worst ever was his win-loss record (losing over 90 percent of his matches). It didn’t help that he needed the Singh Brothers (formerly known as The Bollywood Boyz), his new lackeys, to interfere for him in each of his championship matches so that he could hit his finisher once his opponents were sidetracked. This maneuver was not only repeated, but also made Mahal appear more weaker. A heel may get outside aid on rare occasions, but not frequently enough to grow reliant on it. Check out the story about Brock Lesnar when he refused to work with Jinder Mahal.
In addition to these reasons, Jinder’s reign as champion felt unjust because so many other talented wrestlers from the company’s past and present had been denied the opportunity to take home the trophy. His run took an incredible 170 days (meaning he had a longer run with the belt then Andre The Giant, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Batista, RVD, Mick Foley, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Miz, Big Show, Dean Ambrose, Big E, Edge and Eddie Guerrero and Bray Wyatt). As was previously said, he usually needed the Singh Brothers’ assistance to win any significant bouts, which doesn’t make you appear especially powerful.
The fact that WWE ruined up everything when trying to promote Jinder while assuming he would be popular with Indian fans makes the whole situation extra funny for a lot of fans out there. The Indian tour’s ticket sales decreased.