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Jinder Mahal Reveals When He Was Told About His WWE Title Win, On Getting His Redemption In WWE

During a recent appearance on Roz & Mocha on Kiss 92.5, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal talked about his return to WWE in 2016, winning the WWE Championship & more. Below are the highlights:

On if wrestlers get a new belt each time they win it:
“No, actually that’s the real one. Yeah they do, yeah they give you a commemorative one to keep once you lose it. So the name plates, they change the nameplates. Obviously I took that one from Randy Orton, they took his nameplates off and slapped on the Jinder Mahal ones.”

On if he sleeps with the belt around his waist:
“Not with it on, but the night I won it it did. It did stay in bed with me. Words cant describe that feeling. It was 15 years of hard work, ups and downs, from being released to coming back, to being signed at a young age originally and kind of squandering my opportunity originally. Redemption is sweet man, redemption is sweet.”

On returning to WWE last year after being released in 2016:
“I came back motivated, it was my second time coming back I was fortunate enough – WWE gave me an opportunity to return about a little over a year ago and I was going to take full advantage of that. I’m the hardest working WWE Superstar, I’m constantly working on my physique, my promos, my in ring abilities. I knocked off one of the all time greats, Randy Orton, a 13 time World Champion. But John Cena and Ric Flair have the record right now at 16 times, it’s my goal to beat them. I want to be the most winningest WWE champion of all time.”

On when did he find out that he was winning the WWE Championship:

“This one was kind of sprung on me last minute. A lot of times it’s planned. I knew I was going to be a champion in WWE but not this soon. I thought I was working towards Intercontinental Champion or U.S. Champion and then work my way up, but then I was given the opportunity and I was ready. They gave me the opportunity and I had time, I was like “Oh I need a month or two to get ready.”

So I was ready, I was ready to rock, I was ready to be the WWE Champion, I was ready to be the face of the WWE. It is a lot of pressure but I enjoy everything. I enjoy the media, doing what I’m doing right now, I enjoy the appearances, I enjoy main eventing the show, there’s pressure in that – and I perform better under pressure, that pressure is what motivates me.”

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