13. Jinder Mahal A Fan Of Old School WWF Legend?
During a recent interview with Slam Sport, current WWE World Champion Jinder Mahal revealed a few details about growing up a fan of Old School WWF Legend & WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
Please keep in mind that despite having Indian heritage, Jinder Mahal actually grew up in Canada, so it comes as no surprise that he was a fan of arguably the most famous & most successful canadian Wrestler in Professional Wrestling history.
Here’s what “The Modern Day Maharaja” had to say about “The Hitman”:
“I was born in Calgary, big-time wrestling town, you’ve got the Harts, home of Stampede Wrestling. Wrestling when I was growing up was very, very popular, obviously, Bret Hart was every child’s hero. I grew up with Bret as my hero. I think everyone could relate to him because he was a great underdog, he was a great role model, even in the city.”
Speaking of Jinder, below is what he had to say about getting released from WWE in 2014 during an interview with The Whig:
“Looking back at it, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because I got to go away and reinvent myself and rediscover myself, get my confidence back, get my focus back most importantly. You need those lows to enjoy the highs and the wrestling business is like that. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, but you’ve just got to stay persistent and better days always come.”
During this interview with The Whig, Jinder talked about Bret once again:
“Even as a child, I still knew it was hard. I still knew that Bret had worked his whole life for this and I knew that he had come from a wrestling family and this was his entire life’s work. But his character, I think that’s what drew people to him. He made it seem like dreams can come true because he was a smaller guy, wrestling Yokozuna or Sid Vicious and as a smaller guy, he would become champion. Bret did make it seem attainable but he didn’t make it seem easy.”