5 things you didn't know about Jinder Mahal
Today, Jinder Mahal turns 33.
The Modern-Day Maharaja has had quite an intriguing WWE journey and went from being a jobber to a WWE Champion in a matter of 3 years. Mahal signed with WWE back in 2010 and has been with the company for almost a decade now, minus a short-lived indie stint in between.
Mahal, real name Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, was born on July 19th, 1986 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Upon being called up to the main roster in 2011, Jinder lashed out at The Great Khali for turning from a legit monster to a weekly comedy act. He went on to bash Ranjin Singh, Khali's manager, for mismanaging the giant. He defeated Vladimir Kozlov in his debut match on the June 17th episode of SmackDown.
Jinder went on to form a stable with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, with the trio dubbing themselves the 3MB. After his WWE departure, Mahal appeared in several indie promotions. WWE called Jinder back in 2016, and the rest is history. To celebrate the 33rd birthday of The Modern Day Maharaja, let's dive into Jinder's past and look at five things you probably didn't know about Jinder Mahal.
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#5 He was the 50th WWE Champion
Soon after WrestleMania 33 was done and dusted with, Mahal was moved to SmackDown Live during the Superstar Shakeup. He immediately received a push, winning a 6-Pack Challenge to earn a WWE title opportunity against the recently crowned Champion, Randy Orton. The Backlash PPV on May 21st saw Jinder Mahal win the WWE Championship by defeating The Viper. This was Mahal's first WWE title, but what made it even more special is the fact that he cemented his name in the record books as the 50th WWE Champion.