Jinder Mahal was interviewed by The Times of India where he spoke on who has helped him since returning to the company, how he has improved himself and spoke about Seth Rollins.
The video above showcases Mahal announcing what match he and Orton will be competing in at ‘WWE Battleground.’ Check it out to hear for yourself.
Mahal first spoke about competing against Seth Rollins back down in NXT where the two faced each other in the finale of the ‘Gold Rush Tournament’ where the winner would become the first NXT Champion.
“It was way back in 2012 and I posted the picture on my Instagram page. It was a historic moment and to think that five years later, Seth Rollins and me will be main eventing a WWE live event in front of 10,000 people for the WWE championship is just great. It goes to show how far we have come in these five years. Rollins got there before me in the main event picture, but through hard work, perseverance I climbed to the top where I belong. We both belong and are where we should be; so, it was a very special moment.”
As you can see in the Instagram post shown above, Mahal speaks of a prophecy. He was asked to clarify what this meant.
“I believe it was the prophecy made by Triple H in NXT at that time (Gold Rush tournament). Two young guys who he thought were the future of the business and it turned out to be true. Rollins is a multiple-time champion, I am the current World champion. We were having main event matches in NXT and now we are in the main events in WWE. So I believe it was the prophecy of Triple H. He is one of the smartest minds in the wrestling business and wrestlers that are in NXT right now, main eventing NXT shows are the guys who you are going see main-eventing WWE PPVs in Raw and SmackDown Live in the future.”
Next, Mahal is asked who he turns to for advice on his character to continue growing.
“Mostly the producers. Arn Anderson has been a big help. But number one is Vince McMahon. He is very hands on and I am very fortunate to work with him. He is the first person I probably ask about my matches, anything I did wrong, my television promos – he is my first point of contact and I take his advice very seriously. Look at the empire he has built. He started from scratch and look what WWE universe is today, it is a global phenomenon.”
Mahal is than asked about how demanding it is to be WWE Champion and the amount of work going into it.
“You know it is very busy schedule outside of the ring, but I quite enjoy it. The more media that I will be in, more eyes on the product of WWE. WWE is an international company and it has reach in so many markets and I am excited being part of it. I am excited for WWE coming to India, hopefully soon. Fans are good and I feed of them. I enjoy the pressure; you know diamonds are made because of pressure, and that is exactly what I am going to do. I rising to the occasion, I am improving every week – be it in the ring, outside of the ring or working on my body. It is all because of the pressure, because the spotlight is on me and this is my time to shine.”
There is no denying Mahal has had some impressive segments and entrance variations since becoming Champion. He speaks about this in detail and who has helped him when asked about it.
“A lot of it is my idea and actually a lot has come from Triple H as well. He is also very hand on working behind the scenes. Presentation is everything and it is very important in this business I believe. Look at the all-time greats like the Bret Hart, The Rock- look at Finn Balor right now, his entrance is spectacular. It is so impactful and it sets the tone for the match. So, I have been throwing in my own set of ideas with Triple H, along with the backstage producers, stage crews, lighting guys and it is a combined effort. Credit doesn’t go to the people working backstage, but they are an integral part of the show.”
He is asked about his skills at promos and how they’ve improved over time.
“My promos have improved because I put in a lot of effort during my time away from wrestling. I did promos in front of the mirror, I used to record it on my cell phone, used to review it and worked on it. I always go to Vince after every promo that I do on television and I seek his advice.”
Finally, Mahal speaks on how confident he is now being in the main event picture on ‘Smackdown Live.’
“You have to be. if you don’t believe u are main-eventer in your mind, you cannot be a reach the main-event level. You have to believe in yourself, in your ability, in your character. You have to believe that you can carry that pressure and carry the WWE championship. You are the face of WWE, you are the face of Samckdown as the WWE champion and it is not something to be taken lightly. I take it very seriously and you know, I am obliged for the chance and I want to go down in history as one of the greats.”
Mahal has made a believer out of many and I am sure at Battleground, he will continue to do so. He is listening to the veterans and those in the know for advice and following it precisely. There is no denying Mahal will be a good champion if this continues.
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