7 foot 3 former NBA player Satnam Singh made his AEW debut after signing with the promotion last September following the main event of Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite where Samoa Joe beat Minoru Suzuki to win the ROH World Television Championship.
Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt appeared at ringside to give Joe their present to him, which led to the lights going out, and Singh appeared in the ring to join the heels in attacking Joe.
Dave Meltzer reported on F4Wonline.com that the debut was “designed to build the AEW brand in India and has a lot to do with the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger.”
AEW has aired its programming on the Discovery-owned channel Eurosport India, which is a deal that Tony Khan made based on the merger between the two companies. The first week after the merger was done, Khan wanted to do an angle that would be a way to break out in the market and use someone that was renowned in that country.
Singh, Dutt, and Lethal will be pushed as a lead act in the promotion of the brand in India. WWE did the same thing a few years ago when they pushed Jinder Mahal and made him WWE Champion.
Singh is the only Indian-born player ever drafted by the NBA as he was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2015 draft. Although he never played in the NBA, he did compete years in the NBA summer league, G League, and National Basketball League of Canada.