Alberta, Canada-born Jinder Mahal, 30, shot to international spotlight May 21, when he boxed his way to the title of WWE championship.
Mahal, born Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, won Backlash in a match against Randy Orton in Chicago, Illinois, to become the WWE’s 50th champion and the first winner of Indian heritage.
Orton, who was bragging about his 13 title reigns before the fight, took on both Mahal and his allies, The Singh Brothers, according to The New York Post, which added that Orton brutally smashed The Singh Brothers into the announcing table, but was distracted enough to give an opening for Mahal to claim victory.
The 37-year-old legend cringed at the might of his own blow as one of the Singh brothers crunched to the floor, added the report. Despite Orton’s dominant display, it was Mahal who took the title while Indian commentators went ballistic while shouting “India number one” from the commentary booths.
Mahal, according to the Post, had a strong message to his doubters after the match.
“I just want to tell the WWE ‘I told you so,’ I’ve been saying since I was the number one contender and that the Maharaj will become the WWE champion,” he said. “You know what? It feels pretty good and I plan on telling the WWE universe I plan on being the champion for a long, long time. So you better get used to it. The Maharaj’s reign has just begun.”
The newly-crowned superstar spared no expense in celebrating his improbable victory by opting for a “Punjabi celebration,” bringing in Bhangra dancers and drummers to the event celebrating his championship in Ohio.
He told the crowd, “You booed me because I looked different… but now you boo me because I exposed you for the FOOLS that you are!” – @JinderMahal #SDLive.”