During a recent appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, former WWE Champion “The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal talked about losing the WWE Title to AJ Styles, not getting to face AJ Styles, if he’s being demoted & more.
Below are the highlights:
On people having negative thoughts about his push:
“A lot of people say, ‘It’s disappointing you got the push.’ No, I didn’t get the push, I made the push. I believe that every WWE superstar is in charge 100 percent of his own destiny. It’s up to me. You know, you drop the title, you win the title, but that’s part of the storyline.
That match I had with AJ Styles, even though I lost the title, it’s like I lost the match, I really did win. I had an awesome outing, awesome match, came back and got a big hug from Vince.”
On if he’s being demoted on SmackDown Live after losing the WWE Championship:
“No, it’s not. It’s the United States Championship. I’m still on SmackDown, on the live events I’m still in a main, main spot, and that’s up to me to maintain that level. You know, maintain that level of performance, and that’s 100 percent up to me.
If you see me fall down the card, it’s my own fault. If I’m staying at this level, it’s because of the hard work that I’m doing and I ultimately will become WWE Champion again. I 100% believe that.”
On getting a push because of WWE trying to promote their product in Indian market:
“India was still there when I got released. India was there when I first debuted. India’s been there the entire time. You know, WWE went to India while I was released also, too, but they didn’t bring me back. So, everybody says that, that’s okay, they can say that, they can say whatever they want.
I wasn’t even WWE Champion when they went to India! Yeah, so, it’s fine. It doesn’t bother me. Yeah, yeah, I understand it’s a business, they do whatever makes money. India is their largest market.”