- On Backlash 2017, Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship after the distraction from the Singh Brothers (the former Bollywood Boyz). Don't hinder Jinder indeed.
- With nearly 3 million views, Jinder Mahal's Punjabi Celebration ended up being the most viewed video on WWE's YouTube channel for the week it was released. This helped establish him better as a Main Event Player on SmackDown than a simple "fluke" win of the title alone would.
- When you think about it, it's also kind of masterful how WWE is pulling a heel champion Bret Hart angle with Jinder in that he's presented both as a heel in America and a face in India. The subtle angle is quite well put together in that sense. To wit:
- The Indian commentary presents Jinder as a face. He is a hometown hero, after all.note Indian Commentary: INDIA NUMBER ONE! INDIA NUMBER ONE! INDIA NUMBER ONE!
- His promos on Talking Smack speak about how he's a Rocky type of character who's living the new American dream, taking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and running with it as an actual underdog (or rather, former jobber turned main eventer).
- Little touches like Randy attacking Jinder before the bell and beating down the Singh Brothers are traditional heel tactics, while the TV viewers just let the American commentary team work them into thinking these are the actions of the angry babyface.
- It's also appropriate how, like Bret, Jinder is from Calgary (or Bizarro World, as Jerry "The King" Lawler puts it).
- The Indian commentary presents Jinder as a face. He is a hometown hero, after all.note
- The lyrics of Jinder Mahal's theme, "Sher (Lion)", is quite impressive when translated from Punjabi to English. Like his own Badass Boast in song form.
- How about the fact that within a short amount of time, Jinder has gone from being a jobber, to losing his job, to being a jobber again, to a main eventer?
- Earning the respect of Triple H after losing a brutally long house match in India.
Awesome / Jinder Mahal