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Triple H Explains Why He Defeated Jinder Mahal At WWE Live India, UFC Champion Impressed With SmackDown Star’s Wrestling Skills

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• Triple H Explains Why He Defeated Jinder Mahal At WWE Live India

As we noted before, Old School WWF Legend Triple H defeated former WWE Champion “The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal in a 30 minute PPV main event caliber match at a WWE Live Event in India.

During an interview with NBC Sports, “The Game” went on to explain why he defeated Mahal at WWE Live India:

“I often think it’s funny to me that people in America, who have never been to India, put their thoughts and their beliefs onto other people, ‘like clearly that’s the truth.’ (Laughs). It’s totally different there!

The way they see things and react to things is very different. There are certain guys that once they reach a level there, it’s a whole different ballgame; Undertaker, John Cena. It’s just a different level of stardom.

When we were over there a few months ago having business meetings, to hear the people who are running television studios or Internet companies say to me ‘I watched you when I was a teenager. You were like the biggest guy in the world.’

I met a massive Bollywood star the other day who told me that I was his entire childhood. He got suspended from school for telling someone to ‘suck it.’ At a time in ’96 when there were like three channels there, we were on one of them all of the time.

“It’s not to say Jinder wasn’t ‘over’ there. He was! You have to understand the market. It’s not like everyone just went, ‘Oh my God he’s Indian! He looks like us so we love him.’ They are a savvy market. They understand that he’s a bad guy on TV. Even though he got a massive reaction, he still needs to earn their respect. He’s still growing and still new. You know what I mean?

Just even being on this tour will help him. The reaction he got at the beginning of the night was much different than the reaction he got at the end of the night. It just grew. Their appreciation of him grew. It was all handled in the right way and done in the right manner. Over time he’s going to grow and become a cultural icon for them.”

• UFC Champion Impressed With SmackDown Star’s Wrestling Skills

Below is what UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier posted on Twitter about SmackDown Live Star Chad Gable delivering impressive suplexes to Rusev & Aiden English at Clash of Champions 2017 (as seen in the above GIF):

“Wrestling right here. Good job betts! That’s an Olympic level suplex bud!!!”

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