WWE is reportedly looking to expand their presence in India, and it seems no coincidence that Jinder Mahal is getting a major push seemingly out of nowhere. He was a Mr. Mid-Card forever, and now he’s in the main event. Is this a too-much-too-fast situation for him?
I don’t think so at all. A lot of fans will say the guy wasn’t pushed, they weren’t doing much with him and he was losing a bunch of matches. To me it’s all about, and if Vince McMahon where here he’d agree, if a guy’s in-ring work is strong enough, if he can sell tickets on the microphone and get the proper reaction, has some size, looks believable, it’s “Hey, let’s give this guy a shot.” I don’t have a problem with it at all. … To me, if a guy checks all of those boxes, I have no problem with it. Actually, Jinder Mahal, I’m a fan of his work and his promo style. He’s one of the few that have legitimate heat on the microphone in that company.
Strowman has been one of the few guys since WrestleMania that is still generating a large response from the audience. Now he’s reportedly out for up to eight weeks with an injury. How detrimental is it to WWE at this time of year? Does it hurt now more than say it would in November around Survivor Series? Is this just a little more tender time for them?
It’s not a tender time for them. They’re used to having problems with talent getting injured. They’ve done well with Seth Rollins. He’s been hit with the injury bug and so has Finn Balor. They’ve been pushed — start, stop, start, stop — and WWE has done a pretty good job with them. A guy like Braun Strowman is an attraction. Even though he’s working fulltime, guys like him or Goldberg or Brock Lesnar are attractions. They’re not going to give you five-star matches every night. These guys are not wrestling machines in there. They are attractions, great attractions. It’s not a big problem. They’d have a bigger problem, God forbid, if someone like Bray Wyatt gets injured. Or now Seth Rollins again, or let’s say Jinder Mahal, because they’re putting the rocket on him. Someone like Braun, I feel bad for him, but it’s not as bad creatively for them. They can shuffle the deck a little bit.
Taz also talked about Lana, WrestleMania, and more. You can read the entire interview here.