#3 His Uncle is Gama Singh
In wrestling, we all know that a famous lineage helps boost the credibility of a wrestler. Jinder Mahal’s uncle is the well-renowned Gadowar Singh Sahota, better known as Gama Singh. Of course, a lot of today’s fan base won’t remember who he is, but he has a pedigree, and his run in wrestling was particularly memorable.
Like Jinder Mahal, Gama Singh was a hated heel who even drew heat from fans outside of arenas. In the 1980s he was one of the most loathed heels in the WWF; fast-forward a few decades, and his nephew is one of the most hated heels in wrestling. Funnily enough, Gama’s son tried out for the WWE at the same time as Jinder, however, it was only his nephew who made the cut.
#2 He has a degree in business
Coming from a middle-class background, Jinder Mahal was taught to never rest on his laurels. After initially entering the wrestling world, Jinder went back to university to give himself an insurance plan. He needed the qualification to ensure that if wrestling failed, which it nearly did, he’d have something to fall back on.
Jinder Mahal enrolled at the University of Calgary and obtained a business degree in Communications and Culture. This is the same university that former Canadian Prime Minister Steve Harper attended. The interesting part about this story is that Mahal was wrestling while in school and as soon as he graduated, he went on the road again.
#1 He failed his first WWE try-out
In life, many of these motivational talkers always tell you that if at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again until you do. This is exactly what Jinder Mahal did, and he succeeded. In one of the few times that WWE crossed the border to hold try-outs in Canada, Jinder Mahal ensured he made his presence known.
In his first try-out for the company, Mahal was made to wrestle three straight matches. The first was against the infamous Eugene. He recalls that he was completely out of breath by the time the third match came around.
Funnily enough, the third match was against current WWE superstar, Tyler Breeze. Apparently, Mahal was told to call the match, and he automatically assumed that the agents wanted to focus on Breeze's selling. He was wrong. The agents were actually looking at Jinder’s offence, and because he was demoralised by the focus of the match, he didn’t put effort into it. Leading to that being an unsuccessful first try-out for the former WWE World Champion.
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