Prior to WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view earlier this month, former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal spoke to Gorilla Position about several professional wrestling topics. Mahal revealed how he felt about being left off this year’s SummerSlam card, after defending his WWE Title against Shinsuke Nakamura on last year’s show, and also his desire to capture another major WWE championship in the future. Here are the highlights:
How he feels about being left off this year’s SummerSlam card after defending his WWE Title against Shinsuke Nakamura last year:
“I see it as motivating to me,” Mahal said. “It’s motivation to me because I see where I was last year I was WWE Champion. Unfortunately this year [I didn’t] have a match. I could be disappointed. I could play the blame game. Or I could look deep into myself.
“What am I doing that I could make sure to do better to make sure I was on this card? I gotta go back to what made me WWE Champion so next year I can be Universal Champion or WWE Champion and main event SummerSlam again.”
Wanting to capture another major WWE Title:
“I did it before, I shocked the WWE Universe,” Mahal said. “I beat Randy Orton, one of the all-time greats, you know. Why can’t I beat a Brock Lesnar?
“Why can’t I beat AJ Styles? I beat AJ Styles in the past before. You know as soon I figure out why Kurt Angle keeps putting me in situations that I’m not ready for like making me defend the United States Championship on my first night on Raw. You know, I think I’m gonna be champion again. I think I’m going to be successful in WWE.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions