August 2, 2017 by Everett Barilla
Post WrestleMania it was a surprise to see Jinder Mahal, not only win the #1 contender battle royal but to win the WWE Championship at Backlash. It has become well known that WWE has promoted the former jobber to champion in order to try to win over the India market. Thus far that has been a failure in the ring, on promos, noted used xenophobia in a promo when most people won’t kow the word, as well as in raising the India market as quickly as WWE was hoping for. This may or may not have to do with the fact that Mahal is not from India but from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. WWE had to resort to what appears to be a one off appearance of the Great Khali at Battleground, to try to raise the stock of Mahal in India by using Khali who is the much loved in his home country. It should be noted that Khali could not save the TERRIBLE match Jinder had with Orton in the Punjabi Prison, on one of the worst PPVs in WWE history. When looking at how much work, time and effort it takes to become a champion in Ring of Honor or New Japan it certainly has been a slap in the face of the top talent like Styles, Owens who are left to feud for the mid-card title. This is not to say that Jinder couldn’t rise to the occasion at some point but not right now, the fact that he managed to pack on a lot of muscle in a short time doesn’t change the fact that he truly is not ready for the belt, and should have been built up slowly not prematurely thrown into the WWE Championship picture. WWE needs a champion that can raise the talent around them, not pull it down as Jinder has done, as well must raise the Smack Down as well as the WWE brand, which given Cena vs Nakamura is scheduled for the #1 contender match tonight for Summer Slam, either would be able to do the job for them.