WWE News: Jinder Mahal reveals that Vince McMahon told him he will be Champion again
What's the story?
Jinder Mahal had a stint as WWE Champion back in 2017 that came to an end when he was defeated by AJ Styles as part of WWE's European Tour back in November. Even though the former Champion has been part of the mid-card on SmackDown since he recently revealed that he seemingly has quite a powerful friend backing him backstage.
In case you didn't know...
Jinder was released from the company back in 2014 with a number of other stars as WWE attempted to deal with budget cuts but he was then brought back to WWE following the WWE Draft in 2016 and became a huge part of the SmackDown Live brand when he won the WWE Championship after he defeated Randy Orton at Backlash.
Of course, Mahal's rise to the top of WWE coincided with WWE's expansion in India and it was assumed that this was the reason why Mahal was given such a huge push. Disappointing ticket sales were sadly the downfall of his reign and even forced the company to cancel one of the planned events in India in December.
Mahal dropped the Championship to AJ Styles in Birmingham, United Kingdom back in November as part of The European Tour and he hasn't been able to win back the Championship or find his way back into the title picture since.
The heart of the matter
Even though Mahal has seemingly fallen down the ranks in WWE recently it seems that the former WWE Champion still believes that he is going to be Champion again one day. Mahal recently made an appearance on Sam Robert's podcast where he revealed that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon also told him that there is another Championship reign in his future.
When asked about his future in WWE, it seems that Jinder has remained quite positive. (Transcript via Popculture.com)
"I wasn't worried at all. A lot of people say, 'It's disappointing you got the push.' No, I didn't get the push, I made the push. I believe that every WWE superstar is in charge 100 percent of his own destiny. It's up to me. You know, you drop the title, you win the title, but that's part of the storyline. That match I had with AJ [Styles], even though I lost the title, it's like I lost the match, I really did win. I had an awesome outing, awesome match, came back and got a big hug from Vince."
The former WWE Champion doesn't see it as a demotion that he is currently on the hunt for the United States Championship right now either.
"No, it's not. It's the United States Championship. I'm still on SmackDown, on the live events I'm still in a main, main spot, and that's up to me to maintain that level. You know, maintain that level of performance, and that's 100 percent up to me. If you see me fall down the card, it's my own fault. If I'm staying at this level, it's because of the hard work that I'm doing and I ultimately will become WWE Champion again. I 100 percent believe that."
Fastlane is merely weeks away now and the current speculation suggests that Mahal could be added to the United States Championship match between Bobby Roode and Randy Orton, which means that his future title reign could be much closer than he thinks.
Jinder Mahal was actually a really good heel, the smart fans were aware that he was playing a role and he evolved throughout his title reign, the issue was WWE's booking, not the way he performed. It will be interesting to see how they book him in the future if he's a mid-card Champion since he's already proved he is worthy of a future Championship reign at a higher level.
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