10. Steve Austin Says Jinder Mahal’s Size Definitely Mattered In The Eyes Of Vince McMahon
During a recent edition of The Steve Austin Show, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shane “Hurricane” Helms discussed Jinder Mahal’s WWE Championship victory. Below are the highlights:
Shane Helms on not being able to predict Jinder Mahal’s WWE Title Victory and Jinder almost signing with TNA before his current WWE run:
“I thought it was pretty well done. I didn’t know which way they were going and that’s what I love about pro wrestling. I love when I can’t predict who the winner is going to be.
I like Jinder, man. I can tell he’s working hard. I liked him back in the day and actually before he signed with WWE, he came down to TNA for a visit and I tried to talk him. Not that we had a deep discussion, but I went and endorsed him to the higher-ups and I thought that he was a good guy to bring in. But then, the WWE offer came right away and he made probably what was a better decision financially, especially considering now. I thought it was good.”
Steve Austin on Jinder Mahal’s size helping him get his push:
“He’s got a great look, a great body. Oh dude, “The Maharaja” nickname has cool factor written all over it. Plus, if you play that with arrogance, it works for you. But, dude, down the road, I think that it spells money. I think the kid has got a great look. Like Helms said, he’s got the great facials. And Helms knows, dude, you’ve got to bring a few things to the table, whether it’s appearance or size, looks, handsome, ugly, are you a flat-out bad a$$ worker, just unbelievable talker?
This kid has bits and pieces of the things one needs to be successful. And all of these things can be graded on a scale of one to 10 on what you’re bringing to the table. But, at first, one of the big things you’ve got to bring, dude, for Vince to get in that big spot, size helps and it just does.”