When he first returned to WWE in 2016, many thought that he was back just to fill the numbers in the jobber's department. Instead, he became the no. 1 contender for the most prestigious prize in sports entertainment.
Seeing as his career has taken a strange and exciting turn, it’s time to delve further into the life & career of Jinder Mahal. He may look clear cut as a character, but there’s a lot we still don’t know about the Prince of Punjab.
Here are 5 facts you didn’t know about Jinder Mahal.
#5 He’s from Canada
Despite his Indian heritage and vocal Indian-styled character on television, Jinder Mahal identifies as a Canadian. Mahal’s family migrated to Canada from India in the 1960s, and they are of Punjabi Sikh descent. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1986. Jinder also learned how to wrestle in Alberta at the Premier Martial Arts Wrestling School in Calgary.
Despite a strong Canadian affiliation, the WWE bill him as from Punjab, India. Perhaps this is Vince McMahon’s way of pushing the WWE to a more international audience.
#4 He was released unexpectedly
In a shock to absolutely everybody, Jinder Mahal was released mid-feud back in 2014. He was still with his fellow 3MB members, and the trio was regularly featured on weekly prime time television. Mahal himself expressed his surprise at the decision:
“I was surprised because we were pretty well booked on everything and we were on a lot of the live events.”
At the time, Mahal didn’t allow the setback to knock his dreams, as he claimed he’d love to return to the WWE one day. Fast forward two years later and Jinder returned to WWE. He’s seemingly in the best shape of his life which perhaps suggests that sometimes a WWE release isn’t as bad as it sounds.