Jinder Mahal is the current WWE Champion, and he’s set to defend his title against Shinsuke Nakamura Sunday night at Hell in a Cell. A few weeks ago on SmackDown Live Jinder Mahal got a lot of people talking when he cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura that caused fans in the arena to chant “that’s too far” while fans all around the world labeled the promo as racist.
Mahal commented on the promo during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, and he said that every promo is also an opportunity.
“Every day in WWE is also an opportunity,” said Mahal. “I have to rise to the occasion every time I am given that opportunity, and that includes every promo on SmackDown, too.”
Jinder Mahal’s rise to the top of WWE seemed to come out of nowhere when he defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship at Backlash. According to Jinder there was no plan in place for him to become the champion, but he decided to “force the result” by putting in the work.
“The secret to my success is persistence,” said Mahal. “You never know when the break is going to come, so you have to keep plugging away. I know that my journey motivated the rest of the locker room. Sometimes, guys are in a slump or you feel like you’re not doing anything with the company, and I felt like that for years. But it can all change. Mentally, you can’t expect positive things to start happening in your life with a negative attitude.”
“There was originally no plan in place for me to become WWE champion. It felt like I became the number one contender out of nowhere. I call what I did forcing the results. I wasn’t happy with my position. I was putting in the work, but I wasn’t getting the results. I was going to force the result no matter what the cost.”
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