WWE News: How Shawn Michaels helped The Singh Brothers find themselves
What's the story?
Before the Singh Brothers were the heel accomplices of Jinder Mahal, they were a smiling babyface tag team called The Bollywood Boyz.
The Indo-Canadian professional wrestling tag team recently sat down with Chris Jericho on Talk Is Jericho, where they revealed how WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels gave them some invaluable advice which would go on to immeasurably help their career.
In case you didn't know...
The Singh Brothers had applied their craft all over the world and paid plenty of dues. All of their efforts eventually saw them getting an offer to participate in the Cruiserweight Classic.
On their way to the show, they made a decision that since they had been called too small for WWE their entire careers, just the fact they made it to WWE was enough of an achieved goal.
The heart of the matter
The Singh Brothers didn't go very far in the CWC but they were still signed to a contract. They debuted on 205 Live and were elated about the promo package WWE made for them to hype their careers. Then they got word that they were being sent back down to the WWE Performance Center.
This news crushed the Singh Brothers but they soon found it as a huge blessing. They had the chance to study under some of the best minds in pro wrestling including Robbie Brookside and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.
Samir Singh remembers some very important advice Shawn Michaels gave them which they treasured and really took to heart. Thanks to Still Real To Us for the transcription.
"I think a big thing actually, we realized we needed to turn heel. Because the whole Bollywood Boyz thing was so babyface -- so 1980's. Me and Gurv (Sunil) were going back and forth and Shawn Michaels had just started at NXT and watched one of our PC Live matches and he pulled up aside and was like, 'you guys need to go heel.' He's like, 'if you're gonna stay a babyface you're dead in the water."
Sunil also interjected and spoke about what he remembers HBK saying to the future partners of "The Modern Day Maharaja" back when they were a dancing and smiling Bollywood-inspired babyface team.
"He said 'I see what you guys are trying to do it was like what Marty (Jannetty) and I were doing back in the day. But it worked in the 90's -- it's not gonna work in today's wrestling.'"
The Singh Brothers have an amazing career ahead of them. Their association with Jinder Mahal has seen them rocket to the top of the card and participate in main even matches all over the world.
Hopefully, when their union eventually comes to an end WWE will find even more ways to utilise this talented tag team.
Shawn Michael's involvement with the WWE Performance Center has already paid off in many ways. Not only is HBK able to lend a ear and advice to up and coming WWE Superstars, but he's even able to fill in for his old buddy Triple H when he can't make it.
The advice Michaels was able to give the Singh Brothers along with all of the other excellent guidance they received along the way only went on to help their blossoming careers on a much bigger stage.
I couldn't be happier for the Singh Brothers because even though they might play dastardly heels on television, they're nothing but awesome guys in real life, who not only appreciate where they are, but immeasurably love the pro wrestling business.