Newly crowned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal spoke with Josh Barnett for USA Today’s “For The Win” section this week to talk about his career. Mahal shocked the world by defeating Randy Orton to become WWE Champion at the Backlash pay-per-view event over the weekend. There are some people who have questioned WWE’s decision to have Mahal as the champion because of his status of a mid-card level talent just weeks before the championship match. However, Mahal has a plan that he believes will change their minds about him.
“I see Randy and A.J. Styles (as opponents), but I’m hoping for John Cena when he gets back (from hiatus). I know some people don’t see me as championship material. I haven’t fully gotten their confidence. Beating someone like Cena would solidify me in their eyes as champion.”
It’s well known that New England Patriot football player Rob Gronkowski is a big WWE fan and is friends with SmackDown Live star Mojo Rawley. Back in May of 2016, he stated that you might see him in a WWE ring once his NFL career comes to an end. He also stated that he would consider a career in WWE but not in a full-time role and that his name would be “The Gronk.” It’s possible that Gronkowski works a match in WWE in the future. When asked how Gronkowski would do in WWE, Mahal, who lost to Rawley in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 after Gronkowski tackled him, thinks he would be a great Superstar.
“If wrestling in WWE is something Gronk wanted to pursue, he would be great at it. He has the charisma, the look, the size, the strength. He’s a freak athlete that we see in the NFL. He works hard, and if it’s his goal to become a WWE Superstar, he’ll be a great WWE Superstar. He’s a great guy from the interactions I had with him. Nothing but the best for him.”
Mahal also talked transforming his physique, calling his parents after his championship win, and more. You can read the entire interview here.