One year ago today was May 21st, 2017 when Backlash took place and Jinder Mahal left the event with the WWE Championship after defeating Randy Orton. This booking decision not only shocked the world but brought a lot of attention toward WWE’s interests in India.
The Modern Day Maharaja recently spoke to Darpan Magazine where he discussed how his dream to become WWE champion finally became a reality.
“I have dreamt of this my whole life. You don’t win the WWE Championship by accident, you have to dedicate your life to it. I visualize where I want to be in the future and I work relentlessly to get there.”
He battled hard to rise up the pro wrestling industry eventually reaching the greatest heights one can really imagine. But it wasn’t an easy road for Mahal as he continued to discuss where he came from and some of the biggest trials during the genesis of his career.
“When I was in high school in Calgary, I used to take the bus for over an hour in the winter to go train. I would be wrestling with grown men, then take the bus back in -40 degree weather to go back to school next day. It really is crazy to think about where I have come from and what I have done to get here. I really appreciate all I have done and what my supporters have done for me to get to this level.”
Mahal wants to be an inspiration to others and hopes to see his efforts influence future Punjabis in doing the same. He wants to see more Superstars like him to carry on his message that anything is possible if you work hard enough.
“I want to see more Punjabis and kids of Indian descent become Superstars. I hope to inspire our Punjabi youth to not just become WWE stars but accomplish whatever they want to be in their life. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, anything is possible.”
Thanks to Jinder Mahal’s title win at Backlash it really opened up the door on what is really possible in WWE. But that just goes to further illustrate the point of how unpredictable this business can really be. It’s working out well for Jinder Mahal though and as he continues his path on Raw it doesn’t look like he shows any signs of slowing down.