Jinder Mahal is about to challenge for the WWE World Title. And just for dramatic emphasis let me say that again, Jinder Mahal is about to challenge for the WWE World Title. Now I can not speak for all fans but personally I did not see this as a possibility for Mahal. To be completely honest with all of our readers I was very rattled when he won the #1 Contender’s Match. Then I was put in my place by a comment on Facebook that changed my perspective. A fellow blogger and wrestling enthusiast, Josh Kolic (Writer of The Hoop and The Harm) called out all Jinder Mahal “haters” when he reminded us that we have all been craving change in the company. And he is right. All of us “marks” have been moaning and complaining that WWE doesn’t push who they have and give us new top guys. We threaten to boycott the product over the constant barrage of “part-time champions. Well here we go this is what we were calling for. WWE has given us a new top heel.
The question that remains is, will they handle this in the correct way creatively? That’s what I will be discussing in this article. Now they have done some things right and some things wrong thus far and I will be touching on those items before continuing with my booking.
So often we see this same old gimmick, an evil foreigner comes out to a fury of USA chants waving his flag or wearing his traditional attire and we are told we have to hate him for his anti-western methodology.
Make Jinder Mahal different. Have him call us out. Make mention to the fact that the fans claim they want new main events and new champions but cry when it’s not Sami Zayn or Mojo Rawley. Tell us that we hate him because he was in 3MB and now he is going to be our next WWE World Champion.He should not preach superiority over us but call us out for thinking we are superior over him. Point out his hard work not only getting to the WWE but working as hard as he could to get back after the fans didn’t appreciate him before. Mahal has the ability to get heat but make it organic heat. Nothing gets the modern person more upset than being called out and having every said to be true.
The Theft of the WWE World Title
Now we all know why WWE did it. They were days away from Payback and they did not have a reason to keep the belt off the show and away from the debacle that was the “House of Horrors” match. So they wrote in a theft angle and you know what I liked it. It would play into his [Mahal] belief of entitlement that was discussed prior.
So why have Shane McMahon walk up to him [Mahal] in a backstage segment and just take it back. With that move WWE Creative showed their cards. They showed us that Mahal taking the title was nothing but a move just to cover their creative blunder.
Have Jinder Mahal build this into something. Have him insist on being introduced as the rightful WWE World Champion. Why not do promotional shoots where he is showing up at media events and interrupting Randy Orton. Even have Jinder Mahal thwart every attempt by management and Orton to retrieve the belt. Creatively this angle writes itself just give it legs and let it take off organically.
So let us continue…
Jinder Mahal has gathered major heat from reminding the WWE Universe that we are not the tolerant people we preach to be and on that note we are quite hypocritical. Let him add to this heat by stealing the belt and refuse to return it to Orton because he [Mahal] believes himself to be the rightful champion. This would lead us into the Backlash pay-per-view.
At Backlash I think it is very import for WWE to give Mahal and Orton the time to work and build some drama to their storyline. In no way should they make Mahal look inferior to Orton so that they may keep him in the main event level of their programming. Now I would suggest Randy Orton retaining the belt when the Singh Brothers interfere after an RKO is delivered to Jinder Mahal. This keeps a legitimate finish to the feud still to be craved. Jinder Mahal would join in on the mugging of Orton after the bell. I would have the referee attempt to collect the belt from the timekeeper’s table only to be blocked by one of the Singh brothers while the other brother grabs the belt. Mahal would again leave with the belt.
The following Tuesday night on Smackdown Live there would be a lavish party scene shown backstage. It would be set up like a V.I.P. area of an upscale club. Jinder Mahal would be celebrating keeping “his” title. Mahal and the Singh brothers would be surrounded by beautiful women and upscale food and spirits building up his personality as more upscale to match the limos and suits he has been presented in. Shane McMahon would be seen trying to get through security. McMahon would threaten to discipline Jinder if he is not aloud in the room. Mahal would wave off security from the door and have them guard the WWE World Title which would sit on a pedestal. Shane would have a conversation with Jinder Mahal warning him that Randy Orton will be there later that night and he [Mahal] will have to return the belt to the rightful champion. This statement would send Jinder Mahal in a rage cuing Shane to leave.
Towards the conclusion of the show Mahal would be shown sharing the story of his “hard fought” victory at Backlash to all of his surrounding party guests. They would pan out as the security guard at the door let out a chuckle. Jinder Mahal would be outraged and approach the security guard. The guard would turn showing Randy Orton in a security shirt. Orton would attack Mahal and then turn his attention to the Singh Brothers who are blocking the belt. Jinder Mahal would get to his feet and jump Orton from behind. Mahal would grab the belt and flee the scene with the title and the brothers. They would be seen getting away in a limo has Orton is in hot pursuit in his car as the show ends.
After the attack at his party Jinder Mahal is shown the next week with more security and even make mention that he has instructed his legal team to look into a restraining order on Randy Orton. Jinder Mahal would get his revenge on Orton following a match as he instructs his private security to block WWE security from getting in the ring and allowing Mahal and the Singh Brothers to attack Orton and escape again with the belt.
The next week Shane McMahon would start the show by calling Jinder Mahal to the ring. Mahal and the Singh Brothers appear on the stage surrounded by their security team. Shane McMahon would go into how he is offended by the lack of respect Jinder Mahal has shown the company and the WWE Universe. Jinder would laugh at this statement and make a comment about the lack of respect the company and WWE Universe have for him. McMahon will go on to explain that he has come up with a solution to these problems Mahal has caused but will wait till Orton gets to the arena to discuss them. McMahon will go on and address the Singh Brothers saying that he has discussed their attendance at events with the management team and their contacts were never finalized so they are no longer welcome to loiter at his show. Shane McMahon would say they have the opportunity to earn full-time contacts if they win their in-ring debut tonight against American Alpha. Their match with AA would be strong in order to give the Singh Brothers a strong showing. Jinder Mahal would be on the stage in a lounge chair surrounded by his private security and the WWE World Title beside him on the pedestal. Towards the latter part of the match Jinder Mahal would approach the ring leaving security with the belt. Mahal would offer the distraction assisting the Singh Brothers in achieving their victory and WWE contracts. Randy Orton would jump out of the audience attacking Jinder Mahal on the outside while AA keeps the Singh Brothers occupied in the ring. The private security would leave the belt unattended as they go to protect Jinder Mahal. Randy would lay them out with a chair. Mahal would make a rush to get the belt but be stopped by Orton. As they brawl Shane McMahon interrupts on the microphone standing on stage holding the belt. McMahon would go on saying that Orton and Mahal need to respect this title more than they have been and put their egos aside. He [McMahon] would explain how he will be guarding the belt until they can finish this fight in the ring and the next time both men will see the belt is at Money in the Bank when it is hanging over the ring during their WWE Championship LADDER MATCH.
American Alpha and Randy Orton would team up against the Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal on the “Go Home” show before Money in the Bank. This would be good for both teams seeing that AA has already become lost in the shuffle and need some inclusion in the higher level of talent and the Singh Brothers need to be seen as more than Mihal’s lackeys moving forward from this program. During the match they should announce that American Alpha and the Singh Brothers will be facing off in a rematch at Money in the Bank which would probably be the pre-show match.
Cause it is all about the Money Money Money….
The title ladder match at Money in the Bank has to accomplish 2 things;
- Jinder Mahal has to go over huge in this main event while gaining a large amount of heat from the fans.
- Randy Orton needs a way out of the main event scene for awhile a feud lower on the card.
So the match would have the makings of your standard ladder match. Somehow through the match the Singh Brothers would be vanquished to the back bringing in the opportunity for the match to go more to Orton’s favour. Randy would gain control of the match and even find a way to perform an RKO off the ladder dropping Mahal and leaving him in a daze. As Orton reaches the top of the ladder a mystery man in a hoodie would jump the guardrail and tip the ladder spilling Orton to the outside and allowing Jinder Mahal to climb the ladder and win the WWE World Title. The hooded man would reveal himself to be Mike “The Miracle” Bennett.
So as i said in the above the title match needed to add heat to Jinder Mahal which is accomplished by a title win due to interference. Also Orton needed a fresh feud leaving this match and he gets that with the debut of Bennett. The team up of Bennett and Mahal would be more of a link of mutual respect than the creation of a new stable. Bennett can make reference to people leaving the company and bettering themselves like Jinder Mahal has done. This would be a good tie in for his character seeing his wife, Maria, would be with him and did this with her career. They can even create some sort of drama storyline where Orton some how used is pull in the company to have Maria let go. This would take care of Bennett’s debut feud and give Orton a new feud in the process which I will continue in a future blog.
As far as Jinder Mahal goes he needs a fresh storyline after this going into Summerslam. The answer to this is simple…Rusev. For this to work you need to forget the video shown of Rusev where he is demanding the title shot at Money in the Bank and recycling his same old Bulgarian Bully shtick that has pushed him off the radar of most fans. Rusev needs to be reintroduced to fans as a dominant fighter with knowledge in multiple disciplines. They need to make Rusev a man of few words but yet still clear in his motives of becoming a champion. The feud of Mahal vs Rusev works very well when you consider their brief history on RAW that was dissolved when the two men no longer seen each other as an asset. With Rusev and Lana dissolving Rusev has the chance to repackage himself away from the foreigner gimmick.