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** His push also resembles that of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, a wrestler who was in a not-quite-enviable position on the card (the APA was on its last legs when Bradshaw was repackaged as JBL) before getting an out-of-nowhere push to the main event around the post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season and winning the WWE Championship. Ironically, both pushes ended up being perceived as paying diminished retuns (JBL was reportedly the lowest-drawing WWE Champion since [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]]), albeit JBL's push is still agreed to have went over ''far'' better than Mahal's.

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** His push also resembles that of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, a wrestler who was in a not-quite-enviable position on the card (the APA was on its last legs when Bradshaw was repackaged as JBL) before getting an out-of-nowhere push to the main event around the post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season and winning the WWE Championship. Ironically, both pushes ended up being perceived as paying diminished retuns (JBL was reportedly the lowest-drawing WWE Champion since [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]]), Diesel]], albeit JBL's push is still agreed to have went over ''far'' better than Mahal's. Mahal's), and both wrestlers were on the receiving end of a WorkedShoot promo by Wrestling/PaulHeyman in which Heyman more or less stated his disbelief at how they got the WWE Championship and implied that they were champions only because better candidates were unavailable.


Yuvraj Singh Dhesi (born July 19, 1986) is an Indo-Canadian wrestler currently signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Jinder Mahal. He debuted in 2002 in the Calgary wrestling scene. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, and in 2011 was introduced on the main roster scene as The Great Khali's abusive brother-in-law. When Khali eventually got fed up with Mahal's abuse, they feuded, with Khali emerging on top. After that, Mahal feuded with Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}}. He also made history as the runner-up in the tournament to crown the inaugural [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT]] champion, losing to Wrestling/SethRollins. He became a member of Wrestling/ThreeMB alongside Wrestling/HeathSlater and Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre until both Mahal and [=McIntyre=] were released from their contracts.

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Yuvraj Singh Dhesi (born July 19, 1986) is an Indo-Canadian wrestler currently signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Jinder Mahal. He debuted in 2002 in the Calgary wrestling scene. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, and in 2011 was introduced on the main roster scene as The Great Khali's Wrestling/TheGreatKhali's abusive brother-in-law. When Khali eventually got fed up with Mahal's abuse, they feuded, with Khali emerging on top. After that, Mahal feuded with Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}}. He also made history as the runner-up in the tournament to crown the inaugural [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT]] champion, losing to Wrestling/SethRollins. He became a member of Wrestling/ThreeMB alongside Wrestling/HeathSlater and Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre until both Mahal and [=McIntyre=] were released from their contracts.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Played with. WWE is sometimes accused of trolling its smarkier segment of its audience with some of its booking decisions. One typical smark complaint is that WWE, on its main roster, relies on the same 4-6 performers in a division and passes the title around between them to the exclusion of everyone else. The more cynical of wrestling fans would take Mahal's promotion to the main event as WWE blatantly going, "Here's someone different. You like him?"


* LightIsNotGood: Wore lily-white ring gear during his first arc and was a definite heel.

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* LightIsNotGood: Wore lily-white ring gear during his first arc WWE run and was a definite heel.


* FinishingMove: The Khallas, a Cobra Clutch Slam.

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* {{Expy}}:
** A muscular ForeignWrestlingHeel with an inflated ego and a cruiserweight-sized HammyHerald as a manager, who was pushed to the main event title picture at least partially to appeal to a certain demographic of fans, despite lukewarm reactions at best from the larger audience. Then, after the initial run tailed off, he slid back down the card. This fairly accurately describes Jinder Mahal's second run. It also fairly accurately describes the first WWE run of Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio.
** The idea of a ForeignWrestlingHeel rapidly pushed to the main event title picture also recalls Wrestling/MuhammadHassan, who would have won the World Heavyweight Championship if not for the controversial incident that destroyed his career. This got even more pronounced when Mahal began repeating Hassan's spiel of "I hate Americans because they're all racist to me!", while engaging in acts that ran completely contrary to his complaints (while at least he didn't reach Hassan's levels of summoning what to all the world appeared to be terrorists, Mahal still infamously mocked Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura with JapaneseRanguage).
** His push also resembles that of Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield, a wrestler who was in a not-quite-enviable position on the card (the APA was on its last legs when Bradshaw was repackaged as JBL) before getting an out-of-nowhere push to the main event around the post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season and winning the WWE Championship. Ironically, both pushes ended up being perceived as paying diminished retuns (JBL was reportedly the lowest-drawing WWE Champion since [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]]), albeit JBL's push is still agreed to have went over ''far'' better than Mahal's.
* FinishingMove: The Khallas, a Cobra Clutch Slam.


Yuvraj Dhesi (born July 19, 1986) is an Indo-Canadian wrestler currently signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Jinder Mahal. He debuted in 2002 in the Calgary wrestling scene. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, and in 2011 was introduced on the main roster scene as The Great Khali's abusive brother-in-law. When Khali eventually got fed up with Mahal's abuse, they feuded, with Khali emerging on top. After that, Mahal feuded with Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}}. He also made history as the runner-up in the tournament to crown the inaugural [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT]] champion, losing to Wrestling/SethRollins. He became a member of Wrestling/ThreeMB alongside Wrestling/HeathSlater and Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre until both Mahal and [=McIntyre=] were released from their contracts.

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Yuvraj Singh Dhesi (born July 19, 1986) is an Indo-Canadian wrestler currently signed to Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Jinder Mahal. He debuted in 2002 in the Calgary wrestling scene. In 2010 he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, and in 2011 was introduced on the main roster scene as The Great Khali's abusive brother-in-law. When Khali eventually got fed up with Mahal's abuse, they feuded, with Khali emerging on top. After that, Mahal feuded with Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}}. He also made history as the runner-up in the tournament to crown the inaugural [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT]] champion, losing to Wrestling/SethRollins. He became a member of Wrestling/ThreeMB alongside Wrestling/HeathSlater and Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre until both Mahal and [=McIntyre=] were released from their contracts.


During the post-''[=WrestleMania=] 33'' Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness. After losing the title to Wrestling/AJStyles in November, he would insert himself into the WWE United States Championship picture, eventually winning the title at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34''.

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During the post-''[=WrestleMania=] 33'' Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness. After losing the title to Wrestling/AJStyles in November, he would insert himself into the WWE United States Championship picture, eventually winning the title at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34''.
34'' only to drop it to a returning Wrestling/JeffHardy eight days later.


* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India, though born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with the Japanese Shinsuke Nakamura, this was played up as him condescendly warning Nakamura of Americans' intolerance while also hypocritically engaging in it, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB, to released, to jobber, to beating '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship at Backlash 2017, and succesfully defending his championship at four consecutive pay-per-views.

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* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India, though born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with the Japanese Shinsuke Nakamura, this was played up as him condescendly condescendingly warning Nakamura of Americans' intolerance while also hypocritically engaging in it, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB, to released, to jobber, to beating '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship at Backlash 2017, and succesfully successfully defending his championship at four consecutive pay-per-views.



* GreenEyedMonster: According to Ranjin Singh, he was jealous towards the fact that Khali is a worldwide celebrity. He's apparently gotten over this in 2017, calling Khali his personal hero.
* AHeroToHisHometown: While his [[spoiler:WWE Championship win at Backlash 2017]] was met by most fans with utter disbelief at best and intense disapproval at worst, the Indian announcing team were all ecstatic over it screaming "India Number One! India Number One!" as if he was the {{Face}} in the match. This dichotomy was intentionally played up as part of his subsequent ForeignWrestlingHeel angle with Orton. Additionally, Jinder got significantly warmer receptions on stops in Canada, where he was actually born.

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* GreenEyedMonster: According to Ranjin Singh, he was jealous towards the fact that of Khali is for being a worldwide celebrity. He's apparently gotten over this in 2017, calling Khali his personal hero.
* AHeroToHisHometown: While his [[spoiler:WWE Championship win at Backlash 2017]] was met by most fans with utter disbelief at best and intense disapproval at worst, the Indian announcing team were all ecstatic over it it, screaming "India Number One! India Number One!" as if he was the {{Face}} in the match. This dichotomy was intentionally played up as part of his subsequent ForeignWrestlingHeel angle with Orton. Additionally, Jinder got significantly warmer receptions on stops in Canada, where he was actually born.



* RichBitch: He is the brother in law to The Great Khali, something he held over him when he managed to get Khali to do his dirty works for him. Well, until Khali had enough of his bullshit.

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* RichBitch: He is the brother in law to The Great Khali, something he held over him when he managed to get Khali to do his dirty works work for him. Well, until Khali had enough of his bullshit.

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* FinishingMove: The Khallas, a Cobra Clutch Slam.


During the post-''[=WrestleMania=] 33'' Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness.

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During the post-''[=WrestleMania=] 33'' Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness.
foreignness. After losing the title to Wrestling/AJStyles in November, he would insert himself into the WWE United States Championship picture, eventually winning the title at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34''.


* {{Irony}}: Established opponents such as Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura (Orton in particular) [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimated what he would do to win and maintain his reign as WWE Champion]]; Mahal was so focused on his impending match with Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Survivor Series 2017'' hat he found Wrestling/AJStyles to be "a loser" and "beneath him" and didn't find him to be worthy of a title shot, [[spoiler:and yet Styles would end up being the one to upend Mahal and the Singh Brothers on the November 7, 2017 episode of ''[=SmackDown=}'' to win his second WWE Championship.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Established opponents such as Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura (Orton in particular) [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimated what he would do to win and maintain his reign as WWE Champion]]; Mahal was so focused on his impending match with Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Survivor Series 2017'' hat that he found Wrestling/AJStyles to be "a loser" and "beneath him" and didn't find him to be worthy of a title shot, [[spoiler:and yet Styles would end up being the one to upend Mahal and the Singh Brothers on the November 7, 2017 episode of ''[=SmackDown=}'' [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]] to win his second WWE Championship.]]

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* AscendedMeme: Mahal referenced the "Don't Hinder Jinder" meme when, after Rob Gronkowski's[[note]]Who attacked Mahal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33''[[/note]] New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl LII, Mahal tweeted "Shoudn't [Have] Hindered..."


Late in his WWE tenure, he became complacent and frustrated in his Jobber status. During his time outside of WWE, he became frustrated with his regression, and by his own admission stopped drinking alcohol cold turkey, stopped partying, and started focusing on training.

In the summer of 2016 Mahal was called to return to WWE, his improvement having been noticed. He began his return by turning on Heath as a part of Heath's then-angle of "hottest free agent", and portrayed a new persona as "The Man Who Came In Peace", which did not catch on with fans, and becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also the final runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

During the post-Wrestlemania 33 Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness and his constant improvement.

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Late in his WWE tenure, he became complacent and frustrated in his Jobber status. During his time outside of WWE, he became frustrated with his regression, and by his own admission stopped drinking alcohol cold turkey, stopped partying, and started focusing on training.

In the summer of 2016 2016, Mahal was called to return to WWE, his improvement having been noticed. WWE. He began his return by turning on Heath defeating Slater in a match for a contract as a part of Heath's Slater's then-angle of "hottest free agent", and portrayed a new persona as "The Man Who Came In Peace", which did not catch on with fans, and becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}}'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also the final runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

During the post-Wrestlemania 33 post-''[=WrestleMania=] 33'' Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness and his constant improvement.
foreignness.



* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura emerged as the top two contenders for the WWE Championship after he won the title, to the point that Orton and Nakamura had to face each other once for the right to later face Mahal. Following Jinder's surprise defeats of both men, Wrestling/AJStyles - having recently lost his own title to Wrestling/BaronCorbin - emerged in the final months of 2017 as Mahal's top rival. [[spoiler: After a short, late-entry feud, AJ finally managed to put an end to Mahal's reign, just in time to face Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Survivor Series 2017''.]]

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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura emerged as the top two contenders for the WWE Championship after he won the title, to the point that Orton and Nakamura had to face each other once for the right to later face Mahal. Following Jinder's surprise defeats of Mahal defeating both men, Wrestling/AJStyles - having recently lost his own title WWE United States Championship to Wrestling/BaronCorbin - emerged in the final months of 2017 as Mahal's top rival. [[spoiler: After a short, late-entry feud, AJ finally managed to put an end to Mahal's reign, just in time to face Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Survivor Series 2017''.]]



** Bitchslapping the Great Khali (who's taller than Wrestling/TheBigShow and nearly as heavy as Wrestling/MarkHenry) just wasn't really a good idea on any level.

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** Bitchslapping the The Great Khali (who's taller than Wrestling/TheBigShow and nearly as heavy as Wrestling/MarkHenry) just wasn't really a good idea on any level.



---> '''Randy Orton:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Are you an announcer?]][[note]]He'd just had to endure one of Cole's self-gratifying interview sessions at a time where he ''really'' wasn't in the mood, and he was barred from attacking announcers.[[/note]] ...[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Because, apparently, announcers are off-limits.]] ''[cue RKO]''

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---> '''Randy Orton:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Are you an announcer?]][[note]]He'd announcer?]] [[note]]He'd just had to endure one of Cole's self-gratifying interview sessions at a time where he ''really'' wasn't in the mood, and he was barred from attacking announcers.[[/note]] ...[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Because, apparently, announcers are off-limits.]] ''[cue RKO]''



* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[spoiler:Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion.]] Even as recently as [=WrestleMania 33=], no one could've reasonably called it that this would EVER happen.

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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[spoiler:Jinder Mahal as WWE Champion.]] Even as recently as [=WrestleMania 33=], ''[=WrestleMania 33=]'', no one could've reasonably called it that this would EVER ''ever'' happen.



* FleetingDemographicRule: When announcing he would be defending his championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match at ''Battleground'', he referred to The Great Khali, for whom the match was designed after, as his "personal hero". Older fans will remember his manipulating his then (kayfabe) brother-in-law. Then doubled as Khali would return at ''Battleground'', helping Jinder defeat Randy Orton.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India, though born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with Nakamura, this was played up as him warning Nakamura while also being a hypocrite, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB, to released, to jobber, to beating '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship]] at Backlash 2017, and defending his championship at four consecutive pay-per-views.

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* FleetingDemographicRule: When announcing he would be defending his championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match at ''Battleground'', he referred to The Great Khali, for whom the match was designed after, as his "personal hero". Older fans will remember his manipulating his then (kayfabe) brother-in-law. Then doubled as Khali would return at ''Battleground'', helping Jinder Mahal defeat Randy Orton.
Orton, without explanation as to how or why they became allies.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India, though born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with the Japanese Shinsuke Nakamura, this was played up as him condescendly warning Nakamura of Americans' intolerance while also being a hypocrite, hypocritically engaging in it, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB, to released, to jobber, to beating '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship]] Championship at Backlash 2017, and succesfully defending his championship at four consecutive pay-per-views.



* AHeroToHisHometown: While his [[spoiler:WWE Championship win at Backlash 2017]] was met by most fans with utter disbelief at best and intense disapproval at worst, the Indian announcing team were all ecstatic over it screaming "India Number One! India Number One!" as if he was the {{Face}} in the match. This dichotomy was intentionally played up as part of his subsequent ForeignWrestlingHeel angle with Orton.
** Additionally, Jinder got significantly warmer receptions on stops in Canada, where he was actually born.

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* AHeroToHisHometown: While his [[spoiler:WWE Championship win at Backlash 2017]] was met by most fans with utter disbelief at best and intense disapproval at worst, the Indian announcing team were all ecstatic over it screaming "India Number One! India Number One!" as if he was the {{Face}} in the match. This dichotomy was intentionally played up as part of his subsequent ForeignWrestlingHeel angle with Orton.
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Orton. Additionally, Jinder got significantly warmer receptions on stops in Canada, where he was actually born.



* Irony: Established opponents such as RandyOrton and ShinsukeNakamura [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimated what he would do to win and maintain his reign as WWE Champion]]; Mahal was so focused on his impending match with BrockLesnar that he found AJStyles to be "a loser" and "beneath him" and didn't find him to be worthy of a title shot[[spoiler:, and yet Styles would end up being the one to upend Jinder and the Singh Brothers on the 11/7/17 episode of Smackdown, winning his second WWE World Championship.]]
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: A villainous variant. After Khali turned {{Heel}} and sided with him, Khali didn't really do anything until Mahal told him to. It turned out that Khali only did it to [[KnightTemplarBigBrother protect]] [[{{Kayfabe}} his sister]] from being divorced by him, which would be a major disgrace to the entire family. If his statements in 2017 are any indication, Jinder's been singing a different tune about Khali since their interactions in WWE ended.

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* Irony: {{Irony}}: Established opponents such as RandyOrton Wrestling/RandyOrton and ShinsukeNakamura Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura (Orton in particular) [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimated what he would do to win and maintain his reign as WWE Champion]]; Mahal was so focused on his impending match with BrockLesnar that Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Survivor Series 2017'' hat he found AJStyles Wrestling/AJStyles to be "a loser" and "beneath him" and didn't find him to be worthy of a title shot[[spoiler:, and shot, [[spoiler:and yet Styles would end up being the one to upend Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers on the 11/7/17 November 7, 2017 episode of Smackdown, winning ''[=SmackDown=}'' to win his second WWE World Championship.]]
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: A villainous variant. After Khali turned {{Heel}} and sided with him, Khali didn't really do anything until Mahal told him to. It turned out that Khali only did it to [[KnightTemplarBigBrother protect]] [[{{Kayfabe}} his sister]] from being divorced by him, which would be a major disgrace to the entire family. If his statements in 2017 are any indication, Jinder's Mahal's been singing a different tune about Khali since their interactions in WWE ended.



* RedBaron: The Modern Day Maharaja.

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* RedBaron: The "The Modern Day Maharaja."



* TookALevelInBadass: After returning from being released. Aside from being somewhat more competent, the first thing that was readily apparent to eagle-eyed viewers who had seen his first WWE run was that he that he had bulked up ''considerably.''[[note]]this is slightly untrue, as Jinder came back in basically the same shape as the "before" photo and bulked up considerably in the space of only 6 months, leading to people either crediting his amazing gym ethic, or accusing him flat out of using steroids[[/note]] [[https://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mahal-b-a-1491677432-800.jpg Compare left (before departure) to his return 2-3 years later)]]. In booking, this has gone to the point where he became the number one contender to the WWE Championship, which leads to him [[spoiler: winning the title from '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''']] at Backlash 2017.

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* TookALevelInBadass: After returning from being released. Aside from being somewhat more competent, the first thing that was readily apparent to eagle-eyed viewers who had seen his first WWE run was that he that he had bulked up ''considerably.''[[note]]this ''[[note]]This is slightly untrue, as Jinder actually came back in basically the same shape as the "before" photo and bulked up considerably in the space of only 6 months, leading to people either crediting being amazed at his amazing gym ethic, or flat out accusing him flat out of using steroids[[/note]] [[https://static.sportskeeda.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/mahal-b-a-1491677432-800.jpg Compare left (before departure) to his return 2-3 years later)]]. In booking, this has gone to the point where he became the number one contender to the WWE Championship, which leads to him [[spoiler: winning the title from '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''']] at Backlash 2017.



** With the Singh Brothers [[spoiler:and the Great Khali]].

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** With the Singh Brothers [[spoiler:and the Great Khali]].Khali (albeit the latter for one night only)]].


In the summer of 2016 Mahal was called to return to WWE, his improvement having been noticed. He began his return by turning on Heath as a part of Heath's then-angle of "hottest free agent", and portrayed a new persona as "The Man Who Came In Peace", which did not catch on with fans, and becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also a runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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In the summer of 2016 Mahal was called to return to WWE, his improvement having been noticed. He began his return by turning on Heath as a part of Heath's then-angle of "hottest free agent", and portrayed a new persona as "The Man Who Came In Peace", which did not catch on with fans, and becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also a the final runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.


In 2016 Mahal returned to WWE, becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also a runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. During the Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship.

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Late in his WWE tenure, he became complacent and frustrated in his Jobber status. During his time outside of WWE, he became frustrated with his regression, and by his own admission stopped drinking alcohol cold turkey, stopped partying, and started focusing on training.

In the summer of 2016 Mahal returned was called to return to WWE, his improvement having been noticed. He began his return by turning on Heath as a part of Heath's then-angle of "hottest free agent", and portrayed a new persona as "The Man Who Came In Peace", which did not catch on with fans, and becoming involved in [[Wrestling/RusevAndLana Rusev]]'s feud with Wrestling/EnzoAndCass, but eventually their alliance fell apart. Mahal was also a runner-up in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 33'', being eliminated by Mojo Rawley with help of Rawley's friend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski.

During the post-Wrestlemania 33 Superstar Shake-up, Mahal was sent to [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown Live]], where he quickly formed an alliance with fellow Indian wrestlers the Singh Brothers, and defeated Wrestling/RandyOrton for the WWE Championship.
Championship, which he would hold and feud over for much of the remainder of 2017, with stories centering on his foreignness and his constant improvement.



!! "The Maharaja Tropes":

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!! "The Maharaja Maharaja's Tropes":



* BastardBoyfriend: Well, husband; he was The Great Khali's brother in law (in {{kayfabe}}).

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* BastardBoyfriend: Well, husband; husband, to a non-wrestler; he was The Great Khali's brother in law (in {{kayfabe}}).



* BornInTheWrongCentury: Well, decade. Jinder's 2017 run is very much in the style of 1980's {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s, and he wouldn't look out of place facing off against Hulk Hogan.
* BraggingThemeTune: His theme, "Sher (Lion)", is a rap track sung in Punjabi that describes Mahal as an invincible warrior.

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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Well, decade. Jinder's 2017 run is very much in the style of 1980's {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s, and he wouldn't look out of place facing off against Hulk Hogan.
* BraggingThemeTune: His theme, "Sher (Lion)", is a rap track sung in Punjabi that describes Mahal Mahal, and the Punjabi people in general, as an invincible warrior.



* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[spoiler:Jinder Mahal is WWE Champion.]] Even as recently as [=WrestleMania 33=], no one could've reasonably called it that this would EVER happen.

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* CueTheFlyingPigs: [[spoiler:Jinder Mahal is as WWE Champion.]] Even as recently as [=WrestleMania 33=], no one could've reasonably called it that this would EVER happen.



* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with Nakamura, this was played up as him warning Nakamura while also being a hypocrite, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB to beating [[spoiler:'''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship]] at Backlash 2017.

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* ForeignWrestlingHeel: Billed from India.India, though born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Played it during his 2017 feud with Orton by using standard heel tactics, while also pointing out America's real issues with intolerance. During his subsequent feud with Nakamura, this was played up as him warning Nakamura while also being a hypocrite, but was dropped because the script got too below the belt. The angle was entirely abandoned by his final feud of the year with AJ Styles.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from a jobber in the 3MB 3MB, to released, to jobber, to beating [[spoiler:'''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' '''''Wrestling/RandyOrton''''' for the WWE Championship]] at Backlash 2017.2017, and defending his championship at four consecutive pay-per-views.


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*RedBaron: The Modern Day Maharaja.

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