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As previously noted, current and defending WWE Champion AJ Styles recently spoke with Lilian Garcia for the former WWE ring announcer’s podcast Chasing Glory. Among many other things, Styles talked about his feud with former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, how Mahal took losing the title to Styles prior to Survivor Series (2017), possibly main eventing WrestleMania 34 with Shinsuke Nakamura, and why earning something is better than deserving it.

On the subject of working with Mahal, Styles indicated that the Canadian grappler was not accustomed to working like a top guy.

“At first, it was different.” Styles said, “Jinder came in and went straight to the top when he came to SmackDown and it was a position he wasn’t in. And when you get to this upper level, things change in the way that you work in the ring, the way you act, everything. And he had to learn really quick basically how to be a big star in WWE, which sounds easy, but it’s not.”

Styles went on to say that Mahal was a good brother about dropping the WWE Championship to ‘The Phenomenal One’ before Survivor Series. While it appeared as though WWE stalled Mahal, Styles suggested that things are cyclical in WWE and ‘The Modern Day Maharaja’ will get another shot at WWE’s top spot in time.

“He took it well. I literally said, ‘Jinder, what do you think?’ I wanted to know what he thought, if he was okay with it, because that’s important to me that, ‘I’m not better than you. You’ve been a great champion. What do you think, man?’ and he was okay with it. Again, he has been in the business for a while now, so he was very mature in the way he handled it and I appreciate that.” Styles continued, “sometimes you have to wait your tour and sometimes it takes longer than you’d like, but eventually you’ll be back on top.”

Styles, who did not main event WrestleMania last year, discussed having the opportunity to close the show at ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’ this year with Nakamura. In Styles learned view, if his world title match versus ‘The Combat Artist’ does not go on last, WWE is going to wish it had.

“There could be a chance of headlining WrestleMania this year. I’ve got to make it through Fastlane before I can do this, but if I get the opportunity to wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania, a match that no one has seen on U.S. soil, and only happened once in Japan, this could be huge.” Styles explained, “I need some payback [for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10], but he doesn’t have the home field advantage this time. So it’s exciting to think that something like that could happen, even if it’s not the main event. They’re going to wish it had been. I expect this match to be amazing. Nakamura is a great talent here and I feel like were going to tear the place apart to be honest with you.”

Finally, Styles indicated that he would rather hear ‘you have earned it’ than ‘you deserve it’.

“If you earn it, they can never say you didn’t work for it. Like, ‘you earned it’. That’s more powerful to me than ‘deserve’.” Styles added, “you can’t take something I’ve earned from me.”


Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was recently interviewed by The Independent to share his thoughts on who should be in the Hall of Fame. Without hesitation, Mahal’s pick was the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith.

“[British Bulldog] had a great, storied career. From tagging with The Dynamite Kid to breaking out on his own, his career had a great evolution,” said Mahal. “He started in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary for Stu Hart and before that had been training in England before being brought in with Dynamite, and of course that classic, classic match against Bret Hart at Summerslam – that’s one of my all-time favorite matches. He’s just a great, great superstar in the history of WWE, so I don’t think it is a matter of if he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but when he’ll become a member.”

Mahal had a rather somber moment in Smith’s home country of the United Kingdom. He was the first-ever WWE Champion to lose the title there, losing to AJ Styles shortly before the 2017 Survivor Series. In contrast, British Bulldog experienced perhaps the biggest moment of his career, as he was able to defeat Bret Hart at Wembley Stadium in London at SummerSlam ’92 to win the Intercontinental Championship.

Despite losing the title in Manchester, Mahal gave much respect to Styles for dethroning him.

“It was the very first time in the history of WWE that the title had changed hands overseas. History was made that night and the match was probably one of the best I’ve ever had,” said Mahal. “I’ve said this before, but I feel that although I lost, I really won that night. The energy in the arena that night was amazing and AJ Styles really is phenomenal – the fans just love him. I think he might be the number one, top star in WWE in terms of fan reaction because everybody loves him.

“Everyone that night was genuinely so happy for him, so it was a little bit bittersweet for me. I was lay on my back on the mat with my eyes closed, listening to the reaction of the crowd and a couple of tears fell in the ring, of happiness as everyone was so pleased for him. It was a very cool moment and it was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Currently, Mahal is without a spot on the upcoming WWE Fastlane event, although he has set his sights on taking the United States Championship from Bobby Roode. Mahal also shared how grateful he is to be in the position he is now compared to when he was released.

“We are so blessed to be WWE superstars and sometimes I think that’s taken for granted; what we do, many, many people around the world wish they could do,” said Mahal. “I was even released by WWE but, fortunately, I was given a second opportunity and, after that, I was never going to take anything for granted. Every day is a blessing and an opportunity and it is up to you to take advantage of that.”

Source: The Independent

Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was a recent guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast to discuss a variety of topics. One of the topics discussed was how he was booted from the champion vs. champion match against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.

Mahal was the first person to call out Lesnar for the match, and it was accepted by Paul Heyman. However, AJ Styles would step in and earn a No. 1 contender spot for the WWE Championship, and the two clashed on an episode of SmackDown Live prior to The Survivor Series. On November 7, 2017, in Manchester, England, Styles defeated Mahal to win his second WWE Champion and faced Lesnar later in the month in the champion vs. champion match instead.

When asked about losing this marquee spot to face Lesnar at Survivor Series, Mahal explained how he reacted to whether he lost his spot as one of the top heels in WWE.

“I wasn’t worried at all,” said Mahal. “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.”

Mahal added that he told Vince McMahon that he is going to be the WWE Champion long before he won it, and told Vince that he will be WWE Champion again when he lost it, and “he likes to hear stuff like that.”

“I was wrestling, like, wrestling Darren Young on Superstars every week, but I was telling Vince like, ‘Man, Vince. I wasn’t even on Raw or SmackDown every week.'”

Regarding being in the United States Championship picture, Mahal addressed if this was a demotion from where he was at the middle of last year.

“No, it’s not. It’s the United States Championship,” said Mahal. “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.”

Mahal also addressed fans stating that he won the WWE Championship due to WWE pushing the India market.

“India was still there when I got released,” said Mahal. “India was there when I first debuted. India’s been there the entire time. You know, WWE went to India while I was released also, too, but they didn’t bring me back. So, everybody says that, that’s okay, they can say that, they can say whatever they want. I wasn’t even WWE Champion when they went to India! Yeah, so, it’s fine. It [doesn’t] bother me. Yeah, yeah, I understand it’s a business, they do whatever makes money. India is their largest market.”

Mahal also revealed that he was the one who linked Mahabali Shera to WWE when he was No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, and he allowed Shera to stay with him for a couple of weeks.

You can hear the full interview here.


Konnan was a guest on the most recent episode of The Ross Report and he had a wide-ranging conversation with Jim Ross. Konnan discussed the heel heat Jinder Mahal has generated since he was pushed into the main event picture earlier this year.

“Jinder Mahal has real heat. More heat than anybody,” Konnan said. “People were talking about how he wasn’t used well the first time around he was in WWE and now he is up here in today’s world of great work rate, you have to be in the same conversation of an AJ Styles or Samoa Joe. Some of them, they don’t like his work rate so that gives him some real heat.”

Mahal’s sudden push from mid-card jobber to becoming WWE Champion over the summer wasn’t popular among the majority of the WWE Universe. He was able to become one of the top heels in the company before losing the title to AJ Styles last month.

Another superstar that is becoming a top heel in WWE is Elias. Konnan dished out a ton of praise for The Drifter, saying he’s one of his favorite superstars at the moment.

“The most over guy to me on either Raw or SmackDown is Elias. That is my favorite character. I love the way he comes out and buries the crowd. I love how he sings his song and buries the crowd,” Konnan said. “His delivery and timing is incredible. He is really funny to me. Obviously, they haven’t put him in any good matches where he means anything. I mean, they really buried him when they did that angle with Jason Jordan and how he came out and threw vegetables at him, which was very hoaky, but I love watching Elias. He’s my favorite right now.”

One thing Konnan hasn’t been happy about is the current writing in the WWE. He said a major problem the company faces is the 50/50 booking because they aren’t really listening to the fans. He’s grown frustrated with the writing because he thinks the solution is as simple as hiring better writers.

“Jimmy Jacobs, who used to write for Chris Jericho when he was in WWE. He is in TNA writing for them now. He was on my podcast and we had asked him how many writers they had. He said something along the lines of having 25 writers. He even said that some guys specifically do comedy; some guys specifically do promos and that they are very talented guys,” Konnan said. “I asked him why the shows are so bad, then? They do such a good job in burying people than putting people over. That 50/50 booking doesn’t help anybody. He was telling me how it is really hard to do 3 hours of television every week; I say why not get better writers then? If you watch Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, but I bet you that if you told them that their show was going to be three hours every Sunday instead of one hour it would still be a great show. I just get frustrated when WWE, who invented everything like vignette, putting people over and creating superstars, I just feel as though they don’t listen to the crowd, and it’s just basically because it is a party of one where you have to have Vince McMahon happy.”


The Singh Brothers (Samir and Sunil) spoke with Sportskeeda on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting beat up by Jinder Mahal:

“We deserved it! We deserved it. We let him down! 2-on-1 against AJ Styles; we had a huge opportunity. AJ is one of the best wrestlers in the world, probably in the last few decades. He truly is Phenomenal, and it was an opportunity of a lifetime. And we let The Maharaja down. And he [Mahal] had every right to put us in our place for that. Lesson learned, brother. Lesson learned.”

Learning from Shawn Michaels at the WWE Performance Center:

“Yes. We’re very lucky. When we started in NXT, the (WWE) Performance Center, Shawn Michaels had just moved. And we kind of gravitated towards him, and he took a liking to us. I think he saw a lot of Marty [Jannetty] and Shawn in us. Because we were known as ‘The Bollywood Boys’ at that time. Even our gear was a lot like ‘The Rockers’ with the tassels and the bright colors. A lot of our tag team moves were like The Rockers, so he took a liking to us. And I would say Shawn really helped us get to this point. And the cool thing is that he’s the greatest of all time, in our humble opinion. So, to have him there and pick his brain, and ask him questions—We’re like, ‘Hey, what do we do here?’, ‘What do we do there?’. And even to this day, he’s still willing to [help].”

Breaking out and their goal as a tag team:

“Our goal since we were kids was to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions. It would be great to be the first ever WWE Indian-born Tag Team Champions. Jinder was the first WWE Champion — Indian-born. So, that could be a great historic moment for India. Absolutely, the goal is to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions, and the only way that happens is when you start wrestling as a tag team. If that opportunity comes up, great, but right now our focus, our main priority is making sure Jinder becomes two-time WWE Champion.”


HUGE surprise breaking news coming out of WWE’s SmackDown tapings in Manchester, UK tonight. have confirmed that AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to become WWE Champion in the main event.

The historic title switch is actually the first ever time the WWE title has changed hands outside of North America. The shock win for the Phenomenal One must surely compete with British Bulldog’s iconic IC title win over Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart at Wembley Stadium, way back at SummerSlam 1992, as one of the biggest wrestling moments to have ever happened on UK soil.

Styles officially becomes a two time WWE champion, ending the lengthy reign of Jinder Mahal some weeks before the Survivor Series.

Watch the title switch for yourself tonight when SmackDown airs at 8/7 c on the USA Network or at 1am on Sky Sports in the UK.

You can read’s full story on the title switch – HERE.



Source: Sports Illustrated

Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated interviewed WWE Champion Jinder Mahal ahead of Jinder’s title defense this Sunday at WWE Hell In A Cell. Below are a few highlights:

Becoming WWE Champion:

“There was originally no plan in place for me to become WWE champion. It felt like I became the number one contender out of nowhere. I call what I did forcing the results. I wasn’t happy with my position. I was putting in the work, but I wasn’t getting the results. I was going to force the result no matter what the cost.”

His panned promo on Shinsuke Nakamura last month that some perceived to be racist:

“Every day in WWE is also an opportunity. I have to rise to the occasion every time I am given that opportunity, and that includes every promo on SmackDown, too.”

Samir Singh’s nasty bump during the Punjabi Prison match in July:

“I kept watching him go higher and higher when he was fighting off Randy Orton, and when I thought he’d already went too high, he went one ring even higher. Then he hit the table real, real hard. Ultimately, they’ll tell you there is no price too high to pay for the Maharaja.”

Jinder also discussed his relationship with Bret Hart, how far he goes back with The Singh Brothers, wanting revenge on Rob Gronkowski and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.