Jinder Mahal is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to WWE where he performs on the Monday Night RAW. He is the leader of Indus Sher faction which also comprises Sanga and Veer Mahaan. He is billed from Punjab, India in WWE and is the first and the only WWE Championship of the Indian descent. Mahal's real name is Yuvraj Singh Dhesi.
Jinder Mahal was born and brought up in a wrestling family. He was born on July 19, 1986 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is of Punjabi descent and his uncle Gama Singh was a renowned wrestler all round the world. He trained under Rick Bognar and soon joined Stampede Wrestling. The promotion was founded by pro wrestling icon Stu Hart. He trained in the Stampede Wrestling with the likes of Natalya Neidhart, Viktor, and Tyson Kidd.
Dhesi grew up in a wrestling family and admired becoming a professional wrestler at a young age. He worked for various independent promotions in Canada before making his way to WWE.
After his release from WWE, Dhesi returned to the independent promotions in Canada where he began his career. He also wrestled for a few American independent promotions before resigning with WWE.
In 2010, Dhesi signed a developmental contract with the company and began working at FCW. During FCW, he changed his ring name to Jinder Mahal. In 2011, they drafted Dhesi to SmackDown, where he aligned himself with The Great Khali. After working on the main roster for a year, Mahal was sent to NXT.
During his time in NXT, Mahal entered the Gold Rush tournament. Mahal reached the finals where he lost the tournament to Seth Rollins. After his run in NXT, Mahal returned to SmackDown and aligned himself with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater.
The trio formed a stable called 3MB and were used as an enhancement group. 3MB competed in various trio tag team matches but failed to win. They disbanded the team when Mahal and McIntyre were released from the company in 2014.
After being resigned by WWE, Mahal returned and joined the RAW brand. On RAW, Mahal adopted a new gimmick of a Yoga Guru and was involved in various comedy skits. In 2017, Mahal was drafted to SmackDown.
On SmackDown, Mahal adopted a new gimmick as The Modern Day Maharaj and began his feud with Randy Orton. At Backlash, Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to win the WWE Championship. Maha became the first Indian wrestler to win the WWE Championship. The reign ended after 170 days by AJ Styles in Manchester.
Mahal spent the next few months attempting to reclaim the championship, but was unsuccessful. At WrestleMania 34, Maha defeated Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Rusev to win the United States Championship. However, he lost the title in less than 10 days to Jeff Hardy.
After losing the title, Mahal began feuding with Roman Reigns. At Money in the Bank, Mahal lost to Reigns. Mahal took part in the mixed match challenge and lost to R-Truth and Carmella in the finals.
In 2019, Mahal entered the Royal Rumble but failed to win. After WrestleMania 35, Mahal began his chase for the 24/7 Championship. In June, Mahal suffered an injury that kept him out of action for a year.
Upon his return, Mahal began wrestling for RAW but was sidelined due to another injury. In 2021, Mahal returned and feuded with McIntyre after attacking him at the Money in the Bank event. At SummerSlam, Mahal lost to McIntyre. During the Draft, Mahal and Shanky were drafted to SmackDown and Veer stayed on RAW. He then partook in The Rock's 25th Anniversary Battle Royal at Survivor Series but failed to win. In April, he challenged Ricochet for the Intercontinental Championship to no avail.
Jinder Mahal made his return to NXT at New Year's Evil where he aligned himself with the Indus Sher (Veer Mahaan and Sanga). He also challenged Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship but failed to win the title. At 2023 WWE draft, Mahal was drafted to Monday Night RAW.
Gama Singh (real name - Gadowar Singh Sahota) is a retired pro-wrestler best known for his work in Stampede Wrestling in 1970s and 1980s. He is one of the most renowned heels to ever work in Stu Hart's promotion and has also worked internationally in countries including the USA, Japan, South Africa, Kuwait, Germany, Oman, Australia, and more. In 2018, at the age of 64, he signed a deal with Impact Wrestling where he became the manager of Desi Hit Squad.
As per various sources, WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal is worth in the range of US$ 1 Million in 2023.
Jinder Mahal is billed at 6 ft 5 inches in WWE.
Yes, Jinder Mahal was born and brought up in Canada and is a Canadian by nationality.
Jinder Mahal is actually Canadian by nationality. However, he is billed from Punjab, India in WWE.
No, Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali are not related in real life.