5 things to learn from the failed 'Jinder Mahal experiment'
'The Jinder Mahal Experiment' was an ambitious brainchild of Vince McMahon allegedly planned to woo the Indian market. The experiment saw the perennial jobber, Jinder Mahal, become the 50th WWE champion. Although he was assisted by run-ins from Singh Brothers and the Great Khali, Mahal decimated Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura during his 170 day reign as the champion.
However, not everyone in the WWE Universe was happy with this experiment and Vince finally had to pull the plug. Jinder tapped out (a sure sign that your push has ended) to AJ Styles and even lost to Triple H in India.
Let's have a look at 5 things that could be learnt from yet another failed WWE experiment.
#5 A whining foreign heel is a cliche
WWE loves to pull out a page from the past every now and then. However, it's time they realize that a foreign heel who rants about America is too outdated to capture fans' interest. While the idea of 'us vs them' was massively popular during the cold war era, it has no place in the 'reality era'.
If having a Cena vs Rusev flag match in 2017 was not boring enough, WWE booked the WWE Champion to be an America-hater who talks to the people in his native language to irk the crowds. Instead of building his character on some virtues he had, WWE used Jinder as a stereotype foreigner. This made it extremely difficult for him to get over with the fans or even to garner some organic heat as a heel.