The heavily-hyped shows in India were supposed to feature Jinder Mahal defending the WWE Championship against Kevin Owens with the idea being that Mahal would come off as a huge babyface. He’s been cutting babyface promos for India, despite being portrayed as an evil foreigner everywhere else. The idea behind Mahal’s push was to help WWE expand in that part of the world and the feeling was that fans would be excited to see someone that they could identify with. Well, the ticket sales have not been great and they have been forced to cancel one of the shows on the tour. They were planning on back-to-back shows on December 8th and 9th.
The New Times Of India is reporting that the December 8th show has been canceled. “To meet the requests of WWE fans in India, and deliver the biggest main event in the country’s history, WWE is combining two nights of family-friendly action into a one-night-only, exclusive Supershow,” WWE said in a statement.
The ticket sales were the main factor in the cancellation and they are hoping that Triple H replacing Kevin Owens will help boost sales for the remaining show. The show cancellation does not necessarily mean that this will be the end of Mahal’s push. If they can get a better TV deal in India in 2019 then Mahal’s push will be considered a success.
Owens will not be on the tour and Triple H has been named as his replacement.
Here is the updated card:
Triple H vs. Jinder Mahal
Braun Strowman vs. Kane
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
Raw Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss (Champion) vs. Sasha Banks
Jason Jordan vs. Elias
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Enzo Amore (Champion) vs. Kalisto
Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
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