5 Reasons why Jinder Mahal becoming the number one contender is a mistake
What just happened?
I shared the same reaction to Jinder Mahal winning that the fans did on WWE Smackdown. How could the guy who just last week had liquid thrown on him from an NFL player who likes to call himself “Gronk”, become the number one contender for the prestigious WWE Championship?
How could the arguably least talented member of 3MB be fighting Randy Orton on a WWE pay-per-view in Chicago in a title match? It was certainly a shock and in that sense, this angle did its job successfully.
Look I get some of the logic behind this move. Jinder and the newly named Singh Brothers can help to potentially expand the WWE’s profits in the growing market of India. It terms of the financial bottom line, it can make a lot of sense.
However, I do like a little logic in my WWE storylines and this one makes very little sense from a wrestling standpoint. With that in mind, I list the five reasons why Jinder Mahal becoming the number one contender was a mistake:
#5 It passes up many more logical options
I want to start off by saying that Jinder being in the title chase is a mistake. The match he was in had better options throughout. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper had built-in stories with Orton and should have been given a clear chance to show their main event talent.
Dolph Ziggler has shown he is a solid heel and could provide a solid match with Randy Orton. Mojo Rawley and Sami Zayn are mid-card faces but winning this match would have been just the push that both stars needed to get to the next level.
All provided interesting match-ups that would have served the Smackdown brand better, in the long-term future, than a low card heel that rarely wins.
It also was surprising that people who are higher up on the card: Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura were not involved. They would have been great opponents for Orton. Yes, they could be used at a later pay-per-view but from a logic standpoint it seems stupid they wouldn’t care about the WWE Championship.